KFVE archives house UH memories ... and a perfect gift
AT the end of every year, my wife becomes frustrated with me. She asks me what I want for Christmas. I say I don't want anything. And it's true. I don't want anything. I have a nice family. A Buffalo Bills T-shirt. I have a "good" pair of slippers and a "junk" pair of slippers. I have everything I need.
(Besides, nothing would ever match the Batman helicopter I got when I was 5. Unfortunately, it only lasted for about four magical days before the neighbor boy accidentally fell back and sat on it. Maybe that's it. Maybe I'm still scarred. Maybe that's why I don't want any gifts.)
But my wife is a great believer in being organized. So she makes a "wish list" for me. She just makes stuff up.
"Why did your parents give me a book about the life of Johnny Carson?" I said.
But we have finally solved this problem. During Riley Wallace's last home game, I realized that I do want something. I am officially putting this on my list.
I want access to KFVE's UH sports archives.
Did you see that, that night? They had everything, all the way back to Wallace's introductory press conference. All the greatest moments, the buzzer beaters, the people in the stands losing their minds. It was chicken skin. It was tears inducing. Just watching it makes you raise your arms to the sky.
Luckily, I taped it. (And it's also on YouTube.)
But this KFVE compilation was a revelation: They have this stuff.
Holy cow. They have this stuff.
"We have archives going back, the first events we did were in '84," KHNL/KFVE general manager John Fink said.
This is what I want. In DVD form if possible, please. You know the stuff we see for a split second during those Sears commercials during the games? That.
I want to see Teee Williams again. I want to watch Tita Ahuna bring Klum Gym to its feet.
I want to watch Anthony Edgar break out of his tearaway jersey on the way to a breakaway run.
I want to hear Jim Leahey losing it: THE RAINBOWS WIN IT! THE RAINBOWS WIN IT!
I want to watch the Robert Lan game.
"It's really hard to tell what the market would be for some of these things," Fink said.
He's right. I might be the only crazy one.
Fink said they're considering the possibility of an "ESPN Classic" type of channel on digital cable. Maybe special compilation DVDs of the Riley Wallace era or the history of Rainbow Wahine volleyball. But that's still down the line.
"Frankly, our guys have day-to-day jobs," Fink said.
OK. I'm just happy to know that stuff is out there. And that I've finally come up with something to ask for. That. Oh, and a Batcopter. I can't wait.