LDSareChristians"I guess it's all in the eyes of the
beholder."Couldn't agree with you more. Beast
of the East"CougarSunDevil seems a little defensive"Nope, just have an opinion. When I write my comments, they are from my
point of view and they are my opinions. I'm not trying to opine for
everyone. As I posted already, I'm clearly in the minority with my opinion.
I'm comfortable with that position. "...you will be an avid
reader & commenter each week..."I'm sure you all will
love reading his articles and I hope you do. If he's your cup of [fill in
choice of beverage here] then I'm happy for you. However, you're wrong
in your guessessment. I won't even be a casual reader. But cheers! none the
CougarSunDevil,Just so happens I DID notice his absence. Missed his
posting. And did wonder what happened to him. I guess it's all in the
eyes of the beholder.
I think Vai might be speaking in Conference one day.
Welcome back, Vai. This uncle to your friend Greg enjoys your column and your
I am not LDS and never will be LDS-but when I stumbled across his column while
researching BYU basketball (I'm a LMU grad) I always wanted mor-and began
wondering where it went.Welcome back!
I have a fellow poly sister who has four children an no father in their life.
She currently has her phone off cuz she can't afford it. I tell of your
story of when you were young and were so poor, your family didn't have the
lights, water, or heat on at the same time. This sister has lived with family
her who life but now has been on her own for 5 months.With your celebrity
status, I am able to share a story of hope that she can relate with. When
you're too busy. You've already told enough stories that simply need
to be retold.
I had wondered what had happened to your column. I enjoy your stories. Good luck
with your new calling. I will look forward to reading your columns.
I've always enjoyed reading your thoughts and perspective. Very happy that
you're able to resume sharing. Good luck with your new assignments. The
Lord is very happy to keep us busy- that's how we grow and how His work
gets done! Your faith and eagerness to serve is an inspiration. You've
been a great example especially for youth. Keep up the good work and welcome
back! I'll look forward to hearing from you regularly again.
This was a column about--sports and football? Get over it, sports fans. I once
had a wise bishop tell me "The Lord has more important things to worry about
than football." His comment came the Sunday after the "Miracle
Bowl", when quite a few of us had left our Sunday worship on the gridiron.
We often find ourselves too easily and too often converted away from Mormonism
I'm not surprised even a little that some posters think that Vai talking
about being a news broadcaster and getting less attention regarding sports,
along with now serving as a Stake President, is an endorsement of Utah football.
The only thing mentioned about college football was when he was in Provo
watching a BYU-Hawaii game. That must be an endorsement for the U...???Ute fans give it a rest.Hopefully Vai's perspective
will be more beneficial as it will now be more mature. I do appreciate his
willingness to publish his life's experiences; that takes courage and grit,
especially in trying to draw personal growth and positive perspectives.
CougarSunDevil seems a little defensive given all he dished out about Vai's
return... Must be a slow news day... didn't notice his absence... His
articles weren't impactful, yada, yada, yada. You had to respond two or
three times to comments with more comments. If he's not your cup of tea,
and he's not for everybody, fine. Move on. But me thinks you will be an
avid reader & commenter each week. His columns aren't news, BTW.
They're more essays. And clearly he has a HUGE following. He does here in
Philly. He is revered in arguably the toughest sports town in America. And
everyone knows he's Mormon.
Glad to have you back. Have missed you and the steady commentary you are blessed
Welcome back to the DN friend!
So glad your column will be back, Vai! I found it to be one of the most
enjoyable and uplifting things to read in the Deseret News and have missed it.
Love your column Vai! Keep them coming.
I wondered where he'd disappeared to. I figured he just didn't have
time to throw a quality column together anymore.Nice surprise,
getting called to your boss's office expecting to be fired, but being
promoted instead. I've had basically the opposite happen. Boy, that was
Thanks for representing Tongan's and Polynesians in a positive way. We
hear too much about Tongan Gangs and it's refreshing to hear from a Tongan
that is using his talents in a positive way. Many have and will never associate
with Poly's in their lifetime but knowing that they will get a FLAVA of who
we are and that we're not just football players makes your choice to
continue your blog - version 2.0 that much more meaningful. Our behaviors are
determined by our beliefs, our beliefs are shaped by our experiences therefore,
your beliefs expressed in your blog can be powerful to POLYs because we share
similar experiences...obvious not the "Hollywood" experiences : )Big Welcome Back and Malo
One of the statements I remember from one of his past columns was how to be a
good parent to a child. We all worry about how to raise a child who will be
successful in school, marriage and life. Via's statement was that he
stopped worrying how to advise his children about work etc. He said that he
decided that if he could raise a child who would have a strong testimony of
Christ that all of that childs other decisions would bring him the success he
desired.I liked that. What better preparation can you
have for life than a commitment to love God and your fellow man as yourselve. I
now try to worry less and excercise faith that "things will work out for
your good" when you simply do your best to be like Christ.
Welcome back. I've really missed your columns and I'm very happy
you've been prompted to resume them.
Vai, Welcome back. I've missed your comments, and insights.
The return of Vai to the DN will add another reason to keep reading it.
Y Grad / Y Dad"CougarSunDevil, I'm with you about 90% of
the time. Not this time."No worries. Everyone has a different
flavor. Via was never mine. Doesn't mean he's a bad guy. Doesn't
mean I'm a bad guy. However, I'm clearly in the minority
when Chris b gets a like and I don't.Cheers!
Johnny MoserI lovingly invite you to re-read my post. I think you
missed something obvious there.
The mark of a successful writer is to have a voice that others disagree with. So
I think it is nice that CougarSunDevil chimed in the remind Vai that he has done
well as a writer. He has a small but vocal contingent of detractors. Looking
forward to hearing how the "new Vai" will help us see another
perspective. Hope he still is a little opinionated.
Via, welcome back as I loved your column. I know you said your column would
change but I hope you keep your blunt honesty even when its not popular.
My first experience reading Vai was a document about his son's experience
balancing Sabbath day with the growing demands of sports. It was very real,
powerful, not sanctimonious and it cemented a commitment in the life of a young
man to follow the Lord.CougarSunDevil, I'm with you about 90%
of the time. Not this time.I look forward to more powerful
Looking forward to reading many more columns! I've missed them! Welcome
I loved Vai as a punt returner at BYU. You never knew when we was going to
break one deep, although once or twice he lost yards on the punt return because
he was trying to get free. It was definitely entertaining. I have
missed his articles and look forward to reading them again.
I love Vai. One of my favorite experiences was when he spoke to us at the
Cougar Club before a BYU football game. People were rolling with laughter. I
love your columns. Love, from a fellow Cougar.
A whole article about how via's article is coming back. I didn't think
news days could ever be THIS slow. I didn't even notice his absence.
Demonstrates how impactful his articles weren't.
I always enjoyed your columns and it will be nice to read them again. One of
the things I appreciated is you showing how a die hard Cougar can be friends
with die hard Utes. There is no need for hatred in a rivalry and you have been
a good example of that. I hope you will still find room in your column to
remind us of this.
Woohoo! Go ahead, make my day! Great to see Vai back to brighten the day each
time he writes. One of my son's favorite times in the MTC was when Vai
came to talk to the missionaries last year. Thanks, Vai!...and how
many morning news anchors or Stake Presidents can catch a punt behind their
I've always liked his column glad to have him back, but to call Dave McCann
a successful anchor is a stretch, have you seen how channel 5's ratings
Love reading your columns Vai! Ofa Atu! Henry & Becky Williams
Good to hear, there's so much more to life than sports!
RBN,If you followed Vai's articles the past couple years,
he's more Ute than he is byu fan these days. He's had a ton of
positive things to say about Utah and Whittingham, comparing him very favorably
to what byu has to offer these days..He's more red and we
welcome him!Go Utes
Great news. Welcome back, Vai. I've always appreciated that you care more
about people than labels. It's nice to see you spread a little love the
Utes direction, too.