April 26, 2012

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 12, Blog

What a thrill I had speaking at the Great Futures Gala for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.  Dan Jernigan, President and CEO of the Middle Tennessee Clubs, did an incredible job hosting and organizing the event.  The Boys and Girls Club Organization is very special to me and my family.  I am so flattered and honored that they have the Dick Vitale Health and Fitness Center at the Boys and Girls Clubs in Sarasota. The organization is very near and dear to my heart, as my wife and I for the last 16 years have given out five scholarships a year to youngsters headed to college.   Tonight’s event  honored two outstanding youngsters from the Middle Tennessee Clubs.  The Female and Male of the year, Ashley and Connor.  What super youngsters with a bright futures.  That’s exactly what the Boys and Girls Clubs is all about – providing opportunitites for youngsters to excel.  They do a phenomenal job helping job people.

 

 

April 20, 2012

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 12, Blog

It was a busy week for a couple of Hall of Famers.

At Tennessee, Pat Summitt decided to call it a career as Lady Vols head coach.  She passed the baton on to her assistant of 27 years, Holly Warlock.  Summitt said she would still be around to help mentor players.  She was a class act on and off the court, winning 1098 games as Tennessee coach.  She earned eight national titles along the way.

Pat, thanks for the memories.  You made a difference in so many lives.  I thank you for your support and have great thoughts from when you were honored at the Dickie V gala…class personified.

Down at SMU, 71 year old Larry Brown was hired as Mustangs head coach.  He is a teacher and motivator and the court is like his classroom.  Basketball is like a chemistry lab for him and I am thrilled that he is back in the game.  All senior citizens will be rooting for him this upcoming season.

Best of luck to both Summitt and Brown.

April 18, 2012

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 12, Blog

I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker today for Frito Lay in Chicago at the Rosemont Hotel.  The convention had over 1,000 people from the Frito Lay sales force in attendance.  I loved being able to share my thoughts and ideas on motivation and success.  My wife and I truly enjoyed meeting and talking with the wonderful people at the conference.  I can’t thank Frito Lay marketing executives, Steve Llewellyn, (a former defense tackle with the Universty of Texas) , and Haston Lewis enough.  The conference was first class and I loved being a part of the Frito Lay team!

 

April 16, 2012

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 12, Blog

Richard Pitino will get a golden opportunity as a Division I head coach.  Florida International decided to hire the 29 year old to replace Isiah Thomas.

I believe the son of future Hall of Famer, Rick Pitino, is ready for this.  He served under his dad at Louisville last season and was an assistant at Florida under Billy Donovan before that.  His father was a head coach at 26 and he went on to have a pretty good career.

I give FIU athletic director, Pete Garcia, credit for taking a chance on the younger Pitino.  I look at what happened when Roy Williams was given a chance at Kansas after serving as North Carolina’s assistant coach.  People can take advanatge when opportunity knocks, and I believe Richard Pitino will do just that.

April 13, 2012

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 12, Blog

There was great news for Kentucky and UCLA.  John Calipari struck gold again, landing coveted big man Nerlens Noel.  The seven footer is the best shot blocker on the scholastic level that I have seen.  I watched him at the City of Palms tournament in Fort Myers last year and was really impressed.

Ben Howland had a great recruiting class.  First he got Kyle Anderson, who starred at St. Anthony’s under Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley.  Then came word that Shabbaz Muhammad picked the Bruins over Duke and Kentucky.  A scoring whiz, he will make the fans in Westwood have something to cheer about.  Now if Josh Smith can get in better shape, UCLA will be much better next season.

I see the Pac-12 improving as the Bruins and Arizona have two elite classes coming in.

The ESPNU top teams in recruiting, according to gurus Paul Bianciardi and Dave Telep, were Kentucky, Arizona, UCLA, Texas and Baylor.  I would also keep an eye on Indiana and NC State, bringing in solid talent.

Contest Winners

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 12, Blog

Hey fans it’s Dickie V and I am so excited to announce the winners of my “Design a Dickie V T-Shirt Contest!” I received so many AWESOME designs and I appreciate your hard work and creativity. Keep visiting my facebook page because I’ll have lots of fun contests with cash prizes very soon!

1st place: Thayne Riley Mickelson – $1000

2nd place: Dustin Massel – $500

3rd place: Brent Norsworthy – $100

All winners receive autographed Dickie V gift baskets and their designs will be featured in my store. Shirts will be available in the store soon!

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April 2, 2012

Written by blueadmin. Posted in April 12, Blog

Monday night was magical for Big Blue Nation! Kentucky held off a late Kansas rally to win by eight, which is a special number because this was the eighth national championship.

John Calipari got his first championship. He did a super job blending talent together to play as a unit.

Anthony Davis won most outstanding player despite shooting one-for-10 from the floor. He had 16 rebounds and six blocked shots while dominating on defense.

Kansas fought hard and Bill Self’s team never gave up.

How about a salute to the national champion Wildcats!

I also want to thank the fans that I met in the Big Easy. I had a special time down there.

Now it is time for baseball, and I cannot wait to see the Rays.