January 31, 2012

Written by sherri. Posted in January 12

It has been a real hectic four days as I have been followed by the cameras of ESPN.  That’s right, for the All Access Dickie V show, which will be shown on ESPNU February 8th at 6:30 pm right before Duke plays UNC.  It is in honor of my 40th Duke/UNC game I have announced.  Obviously those games have been very special to me and I have great great memories from them.  It has been a tremendous experience having the cameras following me around.  It has been hectic, not for me, but for them.  They have had a tough time keeping up with my schedule.  They followed me working out with my grandkids in tennis, basketball, baseball and lacrosse.  For dinner at Le Colonne in which I had a meeting egarding the V Gala in May.  Joining us were event chairs Joe and Mary Barbetta, John and Barb Moran, Craig and Joellen Mettille, and John Strasser and Pam Valvano Strasser.  They have also joined me on the road doing games.  Thursday they went with me to North Carolina versus North Carolina State.  They got a chance to see me behind the scenes with coaches Roy Williams, Mark Gottfried and company.  Then they made the journey to Cameron Indoor Stadium with me for Duke versus St. John’s.  I had the pleasure of working with Mike Patrick for the Carolina game and Brent Musburger at the Duke game. They spent many a hours at the Broken Egg Restaurant.  They watched as I marketed and sold merchandise to raise money for cancer research.    In all, it was an incredible few days.  It certainly got emotional at times talking about all the memories and all the great things that have happened during my tenure at ESPN.  ESPN has certainly become a second family.  The people have been so phenomenal to me and have allowed me to live a life that has exceeded any of my dreams.  The show was produced by David Kraft from ESPN and his staff.

 

January 23, 2012

Written by sherri. Posted in January 12

I hope that people remember all the great things Joe Paterno was about.  Joe Paterno represented all that was good about the world of coaching.  Yes he was about integrity, loyalaty and making certain his players pursued their dreams but never forgot the importance of academics.  He had a high graduation rate and was the winningest coach of all time in college football.  Coach Paterno passes away at the age of 85.  Yes, a legend with a capital L and an icon with a capital I.  He was all about what was good in intercollegiate athletics.  At the end there was certainly the scenario involving Sandusky and the alledged child abuse.  I beg you to please remember all the good that he brought to intercollegiate athletics and specifically to the world of football.  The man was a flat out winner who loved his players, school and team.  And most of all, he was all about family.  Yes, Joe Paterno will be sorely missed.  He was one of a kind. A statement came from his family, “He died as he lived…he fought hard until the end, staying positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone how blessed his life had been.  His ambitions were far reaching but he never believed he had to leave Happy Valley to achieve them.  He was a man devoted to his family, his players, his university and his community.”

 

January 22, 2012

Written by sherri. Posted in January 12

It was shocking Saturday in college hoops.  Think about all the drama and surprises.  For example, Syracuse went to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame ranked #1 in the nation, 20-0, but they left with a big L.  One of the reasons, Notre Dame played inspired basketball, made big shots, and had balance offensively.  But also hurting Syracuse was playing without their 7′ center Fab Melo.  But credit the Irish for a gutty performance.  What about the Duke Blue Devils? A 45 game home winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium came to an end at the buzzer as Mike Snaer hit a three pointer for Florida State to spark Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles to a big win over the #4 ranked Blue Devils.  What a week its been for Florida State.  Last week they blew out North Carolina and now go on the road to beat Duke.  You think about big moments.  Missouri goes on the road to face #3 Baylor and now Missouri will move up the rankings as they posted a 89-88 W behind the play of Ricardo Ratliffe.  Yes, surprise after surprise,  We had in prime time Saturday two struggling teams. Louisville who lost 5 out of their last 7 games and Pittsburgh on a 7 game losing streak playing in Pittsburgh.  Lousiville was able to prevail and to win, as Pittsburgh suffered their eighth loss in a row.  College basketball completely amazes you week in and week out.  And now sitting alone as the only undefeated team in America is Murray State, coached by diaper dandy coach Steve Prohm.  What a way to start your coaching career.

 

January 20, 2012

Written by sherri. Posted in January 12

I had a blast shooting a Diew Mountain Dew commercial in Connecticut today with Mike and Mike and Erin Andrews.  The Diet Mountain Dew team, led by Emily Silver, have been absolutely fantastic to work with.  The “Fuel the Frenzy” campaign will be running throughout the college basketball season.  Diet Mountain Dew is “Awesome Baby, with a capital A!”

 

January 17, 2012

Written by sherri. Posted in January 12

People always ask me what are some of my favorite places to visit.  If I had to give you my final four they would be the following.  Cameron Indoor Stadium with the Cameron Crazies down at Duke.  It is always special and unique – the emotion, the passion.  And what about Rock Chalk Jayhawk. Up ther in Kansas, The Phog – Allen Fieldhouse is absolutely special.  Kansas is dynamite on their home floor.  Just ask Baylor and five other teams over the years that have come in ranked top 5 in America but left with a loss.  Also love going to Rupp Arena and Big Blue Nation.  Passionate fans who love their Kentucky Wildcats.  And of course I love going to the museum.  Yes, that’s right, down in Chapel Hill at the Dean Dome.  It is so special, Why? You see those banners flying high of the jerseys of all the greats that have played there and you get goosebumps if you love basketball.  Those are my four, what are yours?

 

January 16, 2012

Written by sherri. Posted in January 12

What a wild and wacky weekend in college basketball.  Just think about it, you better come to play my friends and if you don’t it will be shock city.  Take a look at Florida State.  Who would ever believe that a team that got beat by Clemson by 20, lost to Harvard and lost by big numbers Michigan State and Florida could blow North Carolina away.  North Carolina, the leading scoring team in the nation coming into the game, was absolutely stunned by the Seminoles.  Delvidas Dulkys had a game of a lifetime, as he scored 32 points and made 8 three’s to shock North Carolina, beating them 90-57.  It is one thing to have an upset, but this was blow out city against one of the best teams in America.  What about Northwestern.  Talk about a major, major win to help their resume.  Michigan State came into Northwestern with a fifteen game winning streak, but they left with their pride certainly hurt.  As Northwestern, behind John Shurna who scored 22 points, led them to a big, big W 81-74 over the Spartans.  And there was Iowa. Iowa has been struggle city but has started to make some strides and it showed with their blow out win over a nationally rated Michigan team, beating them convincingly.  Yes, college basketball – you better lace them up, and come to play as you never know what will happen.  That is why we play the games!

 

January 12, 2012

Written by sherri. Posted in January 12

It is very obvious that the ACC is not as strong as it has been in the past from top to bottom.  Obviously the big two, North Carolina and Duke, have held their own and brought great credibility to the conference.  But many of the other clubs have slipped big time.  But there is good news for all the ACC fans.  Relax my friends, says Paul Biancardi, the recruiting guru for ESPNU, as he claims that five schools will be in the top 25 in the recruiting ratings for next season.  That spells a good time for many of the fans of the prestigious ACC.  Currently he states that North Carolina State has the third best class in 2012, followed by North Carolina at #5.  Look for outstanding classes at Maryland, Wake Forest and Virginia as well.  And never count out Duke.  It looks like good times will happen and remember that Pittsburgh and Syracuse will be joining the ACC and that will take them up another notch in college basketball.

 

January 10, 2011

Written by sherri. Posted in January 12

Well, the BCS Championship has been all tucked away.  Alabama dominated LSU especially defensively.  LSU had no answer at all.  Quarterback Jordan Jefferson struggled big time right from the onset.  It was all Alabama 21-0.  Is there any doubt Nick Saban now regins supreme as the #1 coach in college football?.  Think about it, he has won 3 National Championships.  He has done a marvelous job since arriving at Alabama five years ago.  Saban has 2 titles with Alabama and one previously with LSU.  Yes, there should be changes, no doubt about it.  The BCS should go to some form of a playoff.  Maybe four teams after the bowl series is over.  Take the four best and let them play.  That way you still utilize the bowl system to determine the top four teams.  There is no doubt that college basketball is light years ahead than college football in determining a national championship.

January 6th, 2012

Written by sdunbar. Posted in January 12

What a fantastic time I had speaking for Nationwide Financial Sales Summit of 2011 at Atlanta Opera House. Great people and a great time!

I was honored to be the keynote speaker for 500 people and got the chance to meet the president and executive team from Nationwide Financial. Atlanta is a great city an I`m glad I got the chance to visit this week with my wife.

January 5th, 2012

Written by sdunbar. Posted in January 12

The first two months of the season are in the books and it is time to look back. I have been asked by fans all over the country about which players are the top candidates for Player of the Year.

Well, my friends, it is time to break it down. Here are my super six mid-season leaders for Player of the Year, Diaper Dandy of the Year and Coach of the Year. These guys are the crème de la crème of the sport, and I am sure there will be a lot of debating over my lists. It was not as clear cut in the Player of the Year thinking, and conference play will influence the final analysis for this season.