August 29, 2016 |
THE FIRST time Vai Sikahema's family traveled from their island home in Tonga to have a sacred ceremony performed at the nearest Mormon Temple, in New Zealand, it took four days, three modes of transport, and so much money that Sikahema's parents had only enough for one-way tickets for their family of five. Sikahema's dad sheared sheep for three months to earn funds for the family's return trip. Their faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints later took the Sikahema family to Hawaii and Arizona.
June 16, 2009 |
Ike Reese was getting annoyed with Vai Sikahema's reviews. Too long-winded apparently. Too attentive to detail. On Saturday, the ex-Eagles turned broadcasters were among a half-dozen celebrity judges at the Fox & Hound Pub in King of Prussia, ready to declare the winner of WIP's Great Hoagie Hunt. A huge crowd was on hand as well, devouring free samples and ready to vote for its favorite, too. The judges had just sampled Italian hoagies from Paesano's in Northern Liberties - which came into the event as the favorite.
March 20, 2009 |
Former Eagle and Brigham Young grad Vai Sikahema watched his alma mater play Texas A&M from a second-row seat near the Cougars bench. The NBC10 sports anchor was sporting a No. 23 BYU jersey, which is not worn by any of the school's basketball players. "It's my football number," Sikahema said. "The school brought it to town for me. " Sikahema was just as incredulous as everybody else as Texas A&M made its first 10 field goal attempts on its way to a 42-30 halftime advantage.
August 6, 2006 |
Calling Reggie White a great player is like calling Bruce Springsteen a great singer. No kidding. "There's just so few people that really transcend their sport," said Vai Sikahema, White's teammate on the 1992 Eagles. "He transcended his time and the sport. " White's physical prowess was legendary, Sikahema said. "He ran the 40 [yard dash] faster than I did," Sikahema, a sleek former kick-return artist, said. He was referring to a day when his 4.7-second sprint was bettered by his Paul Bunyan-esque teammate's 4.6. "Once he stripped the ball and ran it in against Washington," Sikahema said.
August 5, 2006 |
Reggie White was many things to his Eagles teammates. Exemplary football presence. Spiritual leader. Hall of Famer. Bankroll. Worst enemy you could have. Say what? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes, said Vai Sikahema, White's former Eagles teammate and sports director and anchor for NBC10. "X's and O's-wise, Reggie was not above doing everything humanly possible to win games," Sikahema said with a laugh as he lovingly recounted his friend's passion. White, the late, great defensive end, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, today.
June 17, 1997 |
Eagles quarterback Ty Detmer says there's no doubt what matters most to him. In his life, his wife and two little girls are "The Things of Most Worth," he said Thursday during a program of the same title sponsored by a Mormon congregation. Detmer spoke along with Burgess Owens, retired free safety for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, and Vai Sikahema, Channel 10 (WCAU) sportscaster and former Eagle, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here. The three athletes gave testimony on their lives as Mormons.
May 31, 1996 |
For what seems like forever, the sports staffs on Philadelphia's television stations have been intact. It's been quieter around here than Center City on a Sunday morning. Then, within one week, Channels 10 and 3 shook up their sports staffs. At Channel 10, Vai Sikahema, formerly the weekend sports anchor, becomes the main man. Ron Burke switches to weekends and weekday reporting and venerable Al Meltzer is assigned to reporting. Over at Channel 3, Ukee Washington leaves sports to co-anchor the expanded morning news with Pat Ciarrocchi.
August 22, 1995 |
As last season approached, Jeff Sydner didn't have to fret that each day of practice might be his last. Vai Sikahema, the former Pro Bowler, had retired. For once, the job of Eagles kick-returner was Sydner's. Now, less than two weeks before this season begins, a familiar worry clouds his mind - unemployment, to be exact. "Some things never change," Sydner said after yesterday's practice. "Sometimes, it seems like they never will. " In Sikahema-like fashion, Kelvin Martin returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown, igniting the Eagles' romp over the New England Patriots in a preseason game Thursday.
December 23, 1994 |
Until this season, Vai Sikahema was one of the Eagles: the troubled football team, not the rock band. But after joining Channel 10's sports staff full time, Sikahema became a member of the meddlesome media. In a short time, Sikahema has managed to do something many ex-jocks find difficult: separate himself from his old team. "When I was in the locker room, I was acknowledged as a prankster," Sikahema said. "Now, I have to be the straight (TV) professional. I get teased a lot about that.
November 4, 1994 |
As their emotional matchup with the Eagles drew closer, the Arizona Cardinals survived a freakish scare from one defensive end and signed another yesterday. The post-Halloween scare came from Michael Bankston, the Cards' left defensive end, who leads the team in sacks (six) and ranks second in tackles (70) by one. While getting dressed for practice at the Cards' training complex, Bankston said he suddenly felt a sharp hip pain. He was taken to a Phoenix hospital for an MRI test and later was pronounced fit for duty Sunday at the Vet. "He's fine.