May 22nd, 2017

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Always Dreaming saw its Triple Crown hopes disappear on Saturday at Pimlico.

It was a close race, but the Kentucky Derby winner faded down the stretch. It was Cloud Computing that scored the upset victory.

Cloud Computing was a lightly raced horse. Horses that ran at the Kentucky Derby were pushed on Saturday and did not fare well. They had something taken out of them in the first leg of the Triple Crown.

No Triple Crown this year.

May 15th, 2017

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Sarasota was the sports capital of the world on May 12th. It was a special night as as we raised over $3.1 million for pediatric cancer research at the Dickie V. gala.

Over 870 people were in attendance at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota as the Jimmy V Foundation was the beneficiary of major generosity.

We honored Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins, and ESPN’s Chris Berman, who was unable to attend following he tragic passing of his wife, Kathy.

The sports world was well represented. Everywhere you turned, there was another celebrity and I cannot thank them enough for their support.

College football had Kelly, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and former Georgia coach Vince Dooley. There were many former Notre Dame players in attendance, including Ron Pawlus, Autry Denson, Willie Clark and Marc Edwards to name a few.

College basketball’s coaching fratenity came out big time. Besides Huggins, there was South Carolina’s Frank Martin, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastne, Memphis coach Tubby Smith, Miami’s Jim Larranaga, Floride State’s Leonard Hamilton, Florida’s Mike White and former Indiana coach Tom Crean.

The NBA had former Cavaliers star Austin Carr and former coaches Mike Fratello and Richie Adubato.

The real stars of the night were the young boys and girls that have fought hard against the dreaded disease. I introduced my All-Courageous team. These youngsters have proven that the dollars work to help.

We also gave special grants in the name of my buddy, former ESPN announcer John Saunders. His daughters Jenna and Aliyah came on-stage and accepted the grants.

In the 12 years of the Dickie V. gala, we have now raised over $21 million. My friends, it is not enough. We have to keep fighting to beat the disease that affects so many lives.I will work hard until my last breath on earth, begging and pleading for support. Only four cents of every dollar for cancer research goes to pediatrics and there is something very wrong with that.

Kids should be able to go play outside instead of suffering through tough times.

We will keep going. Next year, we will honor Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, ESPN’s Mike Grenberg and Florida State’s Hamilton.

May 8th, 2017

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King James and the Cavaliers swept the Raptors. That was vital for Cleveland as they get some rest before facing the Celtics-Wizards winner in the Eastern Conference final

Toronto was shorthanded with Kyle Lowery injured. The Cavs looked much better on defense the last few games. This was a one-sided series compared to the competitive series vs. the Pacers.

Kyrie Irving was a major factor too. Cleveland looks like it can make it to the NBA Finals again the way they are playing.

May 1st, 2017

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The NFL draft was exciting for the fans and players alike. Philadelphia looked like a great city to host it

I was impressed by a number of teams. The Browns helped their cause with Myles Garrett and Deshone Kizer leading the way. Seattle traded down to add a number of picks and helped their secondary. Arizona and Tampa Bay made several nice picks.

There were some surprises. The NFL could have sent a message by not drafting Joe Mixon after his off-field problem. The Bengals went for the Oklahoma running back.

It will take some time to evaluate the draft.

April 24th, 2017

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The NFL draft is this week. The future of 32 NFL teams and a lot of young men will change overnight

Will Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett go first to the Browns. Will Cleveland surprise people and go with a quarterback.

There are a lot of talented players available. Will we see teams trade up or deal down in the first round?

It should be exciting to watch.

April 22nd, 2017

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I had a great time speaking at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet in Branson Missouri. We stayed at a beautiful resort the Chateau Lake Resort an absolute first class hotel. The banquet was first class in every way. I can’t thank Brian Mitchell who is the executive director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in south central Missouri for his incredible hospitality. Brian has a terrific sense of passion and pride in teaching people how to develop values that are vital to making it in the greatest game of all, the Game Of Life.

I enjoyed being their keynote speaker and the crowd was a very delight to address. Gathered were many outstanding student athletes who are more then just athletic, but really have a firm foundation with terrific moral views and values.

It was a night my wife and I will always treasure, as it was filled with many golden memories.

April 17th, 2017

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LeBron James, I mean King James, willed the Cavaliers past the Pacers by one point. Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points in San Antonio’s big win over Memphis. John Wall had a solid effort in a victory over Atlanta. The Greek Freak led the Bucks past the Raptors. Joe Johnson had the winning hoop as the Jazz stunned the Clippers. Draymond Green’s all-around game was vital for the Warriors.

This is the time of season where the stars come through.

April 15th, 2017

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It is time for the NBA playoffs.

It should be an exciting postseason. The VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) picked North Carolina over Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. Let’s see how it does tabbing round one winners in the pros:

EAST
Celtics in five
Cavaliers in five
Hawks in seven
Raptors in six

WEST
Warriors in five
Spurs in five
Rockets in six
Clippers in seven

April 12th, 2017

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I was absolutely thrilled beyond belief to be honored by the Athletes for a Better World event. It was an incredible event. Famed journalist for the Boston Globe, Bob Ryan did a fantastic job and I can’t thank him enough for his kind words introducing me. It was really special to be the recipient of the John Wooden Citizen Cup Award.

The banquet honored outstanding student athletes. It was night filled with great memories as my wife and I shared our time with Lovie Smith and Vince Dooley. The night was filled with lots of emotion as many of these youngsters honor had to battle big time odds to get to the top of the class. A night I will always treasure!

It was a special night to have my name identified with Coach John Wooden. Previous winners of the award are a who’s who of sports, like Peter Manning, Calvin Ripken, Pat Summitt. To be on the list with those honorees, gives me goose bumps.

A special thanks to all the people to the Athletes for a Better World.

April 4th, 2017

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Congratulations to North Carolina on winning the national championship. It was a physical battle with a lot of whistles, but the Tar Heels got to the winner’s circle, 71-65 ove Gonzaga.

Joel Berry scored 22 points and was named Most Outstanding Player. Isaiah Hicks came up with a big basket late and Justin Jackson’s dunk helped put it away. North Carolina won despite shooting four-of-27 from three-point range.

The Zags lost for just the second time all season. Mark Few’s team can be proud of its accomplishments this season. Nigel Williams-Goss and company battled to the very end but fell short.

Roy Williams joined select company with his third NCAA championship. Names like Wooden, Coach K, Rupp, Knight, Calhoun are in that class with three or more championships.

It wasa great college hoop season and the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) picked UNC over Gonzaga before the tournament started.