August 28th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015

With September right around the corner, I am really excited about the AL wild card race.

Entering Friday, the Yankees and Rangers would earn the wild card slots. It is going to be a wild race with a lot of scoreboard watching. The Angels, Twins, Orioles and Rays are all within 2 1/2 games of making it, so every game down the stretch will be important.

Tampa Bay got a big come-from-behind win on Thursday night against Minnesota.

This is going to be a lot of fun. Football starting soon, the U. S. Open tennis begins Monday, and a great baseball race. It’s awesome, baby with a capital A!

August 20th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015

Yesterday proved to be a thrilling day for me and my family. Through the vision and leadership of Out-of-Door Academy’s Headmaster, David Mahler, our family was able to make a gift to help students embrace the academic environments they will experience in the future on college campuses. It was an exciting day as we were able to have the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Dick Vitale Family Student Center. This state of the art facility will offer students many collaborative study and work spaces – complete with the latest in educational technology and tools. There will also be social spaces for students to enjoy while remaining on campus to finish their studies or to work on group-based projects.

I love giving back and this was a very special way for me and my family to give back to a place that has been very special to us. Out-of-Door Academy does a tremendous job in preparing students for the challenges that are ahead in the collegiate learning environment. Nothing inspires me more than helping others to pursue their dreams and the Vitale Student Center will hopefully provide many talented students to pursue and achieve their academic goals. It also was a special honor to partner on this project with Dart Family Foundation. Ariane and Bob Dart are two of the most generous and caring individuals in our community and they love to offer a helping hand to causes about which they are passionate. The second floor of the state-of-art building offers students with the latest in STEM labs and classrooms. The Dart Foundation aims to help best prepare students for the academic challenges of the future and their new STEM Center will undoubtedly offer the students at Out-of-Door the finest facilities available to follow their passions in these areas. It was truly a great day and we are feeling very blessed to give back to our local community in such a special and meaningful way.

August 12th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015

The college football season is just a few weeks away from kickoff. Ohio State remains the big favorite going into the campaign.

Urban Meyer’s defending champions are loaded. Braxton Miller switched to receiver because the Buckeyes are so deep at QB. Ezekial Elliott is one of the top running backs in America.

Ohio State will be fired up for the opener against Virginia Tech. The Hokies handed the Buckeyes their lone loss of last season.

August 3, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015

The New York Mets are on fire, baby!

Entering play on Monday, the New Yorkers were tied with Washington for first in the NL East. A sweep over the Nationals over the weekend helped propel the Mets.

Recent moves, adding Tyler Clippard to the bullpen and Yoenis Cespedes to the outfield have helped. There is also a buzz at Citi Field over the starting pitching. With Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Jonathan Niese in the rotation, there is reason for excitement.

The Mets won it all in 1969 and 1986. Could they hang another World Champions banner in 2015?