September 29th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

I am a huge baseball fan, and the playoffs are all set.  It’s time to go out on a limb and make some predictions, baby!

NL Wild Card: Pittsburgh over San Francisco
AL Wild Card: Oakland over Kansas City

NLDS
Pittsburgh over Washington in 5
Los Angeles over St. Louis in 4

ALDS
Oakland over LA Angels in 5
Detroit over Baltimore in 5

NLCS
Los Angeles over Pittsburgh in 6

ALCS
Detroit over Oakland in 6

WORLD SERIES
Detroit over Los Angeles in 7

September 26th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

Tears were flowing in our household during Derek Jeter’s farewell to Yankee Stadium. What a storybook ending with the game-winning hit. I loved the final words of Bob Costas, who said Derek represented the pinstripes with total class.

I don’t think Hollywood would have believed that script from Thursday night. Jeter would have had the key RBI before the ninth inning. Then David Robertson gave up two home runs in the ninth, setting the stage for the dramatic moment.

It was absolutely incredible. Jeter deserved to enjoy every moment of the post-game celebration. It was wonderful to see all of his former Yankee teammates and former manager Joe Torre there, plus his family.

Congrats on a great career, Derek.

September 22nd, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

I really had a fantastic time as keynote speaker for the Million Dollar  Round Table Conference. It was an honor to share the microphone with Condoleezza Rice and many other outstanding speakers. I had a blast and can`t thank Jason Dudum, the chariman of event, enough for selecting me to be a part of this special conference. The Million dollar Round Table consisted of outstanding people who have done a phenomenal job and are the best of the best in the field of life insurance and financial advisers.

September 19th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

I was absolutely honored and thrilled to receive the 1st Heart of Gold award given by the Pediatric Cancer Foundation in Tampa. I received an incredible introduction from my buddy Mike Valdez. It was an incredible, sold out evening with over 600 people to raise money for kids with cancer.

I was touched by the youngsters present including two local youngsters who attended my gala, Kyle Peters and Tony Colton from Sarasota. It was also very touching to have my family and friends presesnt including, my wife Lorraine, daughter Sherri, John Moran, Art Conforti , Larry and Lorraine Ciff, Larry and Susan Wade, Joe Barbetta, Mark Kenealy, and Janet Allen

It was a special night I will always cherish and am so proud they announded the Dick Vitale Heart Of Gold Award will be given every year to an induvidual who dedicates their time raising money for kida battling cancer.

September 17th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

This should be another exciting week for college football fans.

It starts on Thursday with a pair of ranked teams squaring off. Auburn takes on Kansas State. The SEC has seven teams ranked in the AP Top 15 this week, so there is some pressure to back it up.

#1 Florida state has an ACC showdown against Clemson. Alabama hosts Florida in an SEC match-up. You also have Oklahoma against West Virginia and Miami-Florida at Nebraska. Mountaineer QB Clint Trickett threw for 511 yards last week; Bob Stoops will have a few sleepless nights thinking about that.

It should be a fun weekend indeed.

September 15th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14, Uncategorized

 

There are certainly a number of issues involving NFL players and their off-field issues.  

On the field, there have been a few surprises already. The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 after an impressive and emotional win over Miami. The team honored late owner Ralph Wilson over the weekend and the players responded. The Houston Texans won two games all of last season; the Bill O’Brien-led squad is now 2-0 after winning at the Raiders. 

The Saints are a surprising 0-2 after losing at Cleveland on a late field goal. Don’t count Drew Brees and company out.

September 10, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

I had a blast sharing the stage with ESPN’s Allan Bestwick and Joe Lunardi, along with driver Kasey Kahne at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston.

Everybody is very excited about the new Chase Grid for this year. We talked about NASCAR’s version of the postseason and the new format and rules, which have 16 drivers competing for the championship. There will be so much excitement as we cut down the field of contenders.

The fans in New Hampshire should be thrilled as they have a race in Loudon coming up and Jerry Gappens does a super job up there.

September 8, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

This was not a good weekend for Jim Delany and the Big Ten conference.

Ohio State was upset at home by Virginia Tech. Michigan was shut out by Notre Dane. Michigan State lost at Oregon. Nebraska needed a last-minute touchdown to beat McNeese State. Purdue was blasted by Central Michigan.

With the new college football playoff system in place, it doesn’t look like the Big Ten will have a participant involved. I know it seems early to say that, but the conference took a major hit over the weekend.

September 5, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

I am really excited about the college football lineup this weekend.

Think about it. Michigan against Notre Dame in prime time, baby! I cannot wait to hear the best fight song, and it is not The Victors. South Bend will be rocking and rolling. This is a great rivalry and it is sad that it is ending for now.

Out west, USC and Stanford tangle in a Pac-12 showdown. I remember when Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh lit in fire in this rivalry.

The best game of the weekend features Michigan State and Oregon. These two teams are contenders for one of the four slots in the national championship tournament, making this test pivotal. It should be excitement galore.

August 24, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 14, Blog

Now that the Kevin Love to the Cavaliers deal is done there is excitement galore in Cleveland. Yes, the Cavaliers did give up Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the deal, but this team has a lot of great talent now.

Think about it. LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and company … wow! In fact, I feel King James and Kevin Love will be the best 1-2 combo in the NBA next season. I can hear fans in Oklahoma City disagreeing, screaming that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are the dynamic duo.

Kevin Love has to be thrilled to be the newest member of the Cavs. Think the fans in Cleveland have a lot to cheer about. LeBron and the Cavaliers, Johnny Manziel, and the Indians have played pretty well despite injuries this season. They have a great manager in Terry Francona.