April 23rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

I had a blast last night as I spoke at the Virginia Beach Forum at the Sandler Art Center. It was a beautiful facility and the crowd was awesome with a capital A! I Spoke about chasing dreams and making it in the game of life.I can`t thank the crowd enough for their standing ovation.

My wife and I enjoyed the post event party. It was a fantastic event as I had the chance to spend time with the fans and sign autographed books. It was a really great time.

Barbara Deal,Vice President of the organization made sure all the details were taken care for Lorraine and me.

I also had the opportunity to meet Bruce Thompson, the owner of the Ocean Front Hilton Hotel in Virginia Beach. He was so generous and asked my wife and I to join him at his home where we met his son Josh who has ALS disease. He is so inspirational and has raised millions for the cause and those who battle ALS.

It was beautiful evening with fantastic people.

April 20th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

We are very blessed in our area to have the Sarasota Open Tennis Tournament. It is a $100K tournament for professional tennis players chasing dreams to be the best they can be.

This year Federico DelBonis won. He was able to get to Winners Circle as he played brilliant tennis all week long. He is ranked 88 in the world. The best tournament of his life was 2 years ago at a Challenge tournamanet in Hamburg, Germany; when he beat Roger Federar, who was #1 in the world. All the points he accumulated in Sarasota will help him move up in rankings.

It was quality tennis at Lakewood Ranch Tennis Center. I must commend all the people at the tennis center involved in this event including Paul Letterman, who heads up the tennis center and Tony Driscoll, organizer and promoter, who did a great job bringing in 1st rate tennis players.

It was a wonderful opportunity to see some young kids who are the future stars of tomorrow. Two rising stars in particular were Jarred Donaldson and Frances Tiafoe. They are absolutely going to make a big impact in the tennis circuit. They are 17 years old, from the US and have a brilliant future.

I love tennis and to have quality tennis in our backyard is terrific.

April, 7th 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

Congratulations to Duke on national championship number five under coach K.

The Blue Devils beat Wisconsin in Indianapolis in a great game. Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen were the star of stars. All of Duke’s 37 points in the second half were scored by diaper dandies.

Give Wisconsin credit for a great season. Duke took a 59-58 lead on a big trifecta by Jones.

It was a great way to end the season. I feel Coach K is now the greatest coach in college history.

April 5th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

What a night in Indianapolis.

Wisconsin gave Kentucky its first L of the season. Duke was impressive in knocking off Michigan State.

Give the Badgers a tip of the hat. They made the big plays down the stretch. The ‘Cats had done that so many times this season, but could not Saturday.

Frank Kaminsky put up a double-double. Sam Dekker was big down the stretch. Wisconsin had the edge on the foul line and in second chance points.

Duke was down 14-6 early and then went on a 36-11 run. Monday night should be a special final.

April 3rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

I arrived in Indianapolis on Thursday for the Final Four. There is excitement in the air. We passed Spartan Avenue and Blue Devil Road.

It was an emotional day as I visited Riley Children’s Hospital, visiting a number of ill children. It motivates me even more to raise dollars to fight cancer.

Then I spoke at the Slam Dunk Cancer event. The Band Perry performed at the event to raise money in the fight against cancer.

March 29th, 2015.

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

What an incredible college basketball game. Notre Dame and Kentucky put on a show which went to the wire. That is why March Madness is so special, the best three weeks in all of sports.

The Irish and ‘Cats left it all on the court, playing their hearts out. Karl-Anthony Towns was terrific inside, scoring 25 points. Zach Auguste had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Irish. Notre Dame was so impressive going to the basket.

Kentucky found a way to survive and advance. Aaron Harrison hit a big three-pointer and Andrew Harrison made the winning free throws as Big Blue Nation celebrated 38-0!

March 27th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

Notre Dame and Kentucky both sent messages as they advanced to the Elite Eight showdown.

The Irish hit nine trifectas, showed great scoring balance and eat a good Wichita State squad. Demetrious Jackson led the way with 20 big points. Jerian Grant was outstanding passing the rock, Zach Auguste scored inside and did not miss a shot from the field.

Kentucky did a number on West Virginia. Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns combined for two points in the first half and the ‘Cats were still up 26! West Virginia missed 21 of its first 26 field goal attempts against the tenacious Kentucky defense. Aaron Harrison got out of the gate well and Big Blue Nation moved to 37-0.

March 25th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

The VBDI doesn’t take time off during the tournament.

After an exciting stretch going from 68 teams to the Sweet 16, here is my five stars from the first part of the big dance. I’ll go with Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Fred VanVleet of Wichita State, UCLA’s Bryce Alford, Arizona’s T. J. McConnell and Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga.

March 23rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

The East regional bracket has been busted. The top two seeds, Villanova and Virginia, did not make it to the second week of thew tournament. It’s the first time since 2004 that the top two seeds were out before the round of 16.

Michigan State knocked off the Cavaliers for the second straight year. Travis Trice was the star of stars, scoring 23 points for the Spartans. The Michigan State defense was outstanding, as Virginia made just two-of-17 trifectas. The Cavaliers shot under 30 percent from the field overall.

Tom Izzo is a magician at this time of the year. That is why I picked Michigan State as my sleeper in the region. The Spartans march on, going to Syracuse for the Sweet 16 next week.

March 22nd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

Big Blue Nation is smiling as Kentucky is now 36-0, baby! When fans talked about 40-0 earlier this season, I thought they were crazy. Now it is very possible.

Cincinnati gave the Wildcats a battle. Kentucky wears you down with their depth, length and size. It took a little while to get going against the match-up zone defense, as the Wildcats started three-for-16 from the floor. The defense held the Bearcats to 32 percent from the field.

Aaron Harrison led a balanced attack with 13 points. Next up is a Sweet 16 showdown against the winner of the Maryland-West Virginia contest.