December 13th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2015

There is nothing like a weekend of basketball in Kentucky.

The fans of Big Blue Nation are as passionate as any in the sport. Then there is the beauty of seeing horse farms which are all over the state. I was fortunate enough to see Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. That is a beautiful animal and a true winner.

John Calipari has a young team and it is different from last year. It is going to take some time for this group to reach its full potential, but they will grow and challenge in the big dance. There will be bumps in the road like UCLA, but this team will make noise.

December 11th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2015

Undefeated teams are in the spotlight this weekend.

Can the Golden State Warriors move to 24-0? They continue a tough road trip in Boston on Friday night. Stephen Curry and company hope to be up to the challenge.

The lone unbeaten in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers, host the Atlanta Falcons. Which team will lose first, the Warriors or the Panthers?

Meanwhile, there are only 10 unbeatens left in Division I men’s basketball and we haven’t even played a full month.

December 7th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2015

My wife and I are very proud of our recent meeting with the Boys and Girls Club members in Sarasota, FL. We had our annual Dick Vitale Scholarship day and We gave out scholarships to five youngsters who were selected by the executive staff of the Boys And Girls Club headed by the Executive Director, Bill Sadlo.

Each year they select five outstanding seniors who are going on to college and we award a total of $5000. We have done this for 17 years. The students selected this year were Carlos Arevalo, Maribel Cedillo, Erik Bouck, Amber Headley and Mario Portillo.

In addition, we also bring lots of gifts for the kids that are there in attendance. We bring autgraphed books, posters,and basketballs. I love each year that I get the opportunity to speak to children ages 5-17 on making it in the game of life. This year I spoke to them about pride, passion and chasing your dreams.

December 3rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2015

Another ACC-Big Ten Challenge is in the books. It went down to the wire as the Big Ten won 8-6 thanks to Iowa’s overtime win over Florida State.

There were a lot of exciting games. North Carolina got Marcus Paige back and beat Maryland. Michigan State rallied to beat a game Louisville team.

I was very impressed with Duke’s performance in beating a good Indiana team. Brandon Ingram came out and worked early on his game and it showed against the Hoosiers. I was also struck by Indiana’s inability to play team defense. This group must buy into Tom Crean’s defensive philosophy or it will be a long season.

November 30th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2015

I just came back from doing the commentary on the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fl. We had a great time staying in the Beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort. I had the opportunity to share a moment with Disney characters as ESPn had me doing motivational speeches to Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck And Pluto. I had a great time sharing a moment with them and they utilized that during the telecast which featured the final game in the championship between Xavier and Dayton. Xavier was sensational and they are a legitimate top 15 seed as they blew out Southern California in the Semi Finals and Dayton in the Finals.

November 16th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2015

We are just a few weeks away from the announcement of the four teams making the college football playoff. This thing is still wide open, baby!

Right now, Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State look like they are in good shape.The fourth slot could go to Notre Dame, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State.

There is still a lot of football to be played. The Buckeyes face Michigan State this week. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State battle in the bedlam series ahead. Florida could test Alabama in the SEC title game and you never know in a rivalry with Auburn. Clemson could face a hot North Carolina team in the ACC title game.

I know one thing. It is very exciting!

 

November 15th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2015

We are so proud that the 4th Annual Dick Vitale Collegiate Tennis Classic was a big success! We had teams from all over the nation participate with quality tennisat the Lakewood Ranch Tennis Center in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

I can`t thank Paul Letterman and Chrs Marteache enough for their unbelievable work they put in to the event, bringing in these outstanding players form all over the country.

A huge thanks to Larry Wade who volunteers every year by selling banners that are displayed for three months. $55,000 after expenses was raised for pediatric cancer through the V Foundion and we are really can`t thank the people eough for helping us acheive this success!

The tournament was first class! A big congrats to the winners, Max Andrews from University of Miami who beat Reuben Sierra of Minnesota in the finals.And Vladi Bavic of Oklahoma St who defeated Spencer Liang of University of Florida. Doubles championship winners on the mens side were FGCU and FL Gators on the womens side.

Thank you to all for making the 4th Annual Dick Vitale Collegiate Tennis Classic a big big sucess.

November 10th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2015

I had a great time as the keynote speaker at a corporate event for Tech Data. This was the 2nd event I did for them this year.

I can`t thank Marty Bauerlein, Vice President of sales, enough for giving me the opportunity to share my motivational words for the crowd.

The people were absolutely fantastic and my wife and I had a blast at the beautiful Innisbrook Resort in the Tampa Area.

Tech Data is #1 at what they do, providing information technology.

November 9th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2015

It was a very good weekend for a number of football unbeaten teams.

Oklahoma State proved a point by beating previously-unbeaten TCU. Ohio State and Iowa remained perfect in the Big Ten. Clemson defeated Florida State in a key ACC showdown.

A number of teams fell from the unbeaten. Besides TCU, LSU lost for the first time, falling to Alabama and Leonard Fournette was held to 31 yards rushing. Michigan State and Memphis also suffered first losses.

In the NFL, the Panthers sent a message by beating the Packers. The Patriots rolled on again. The Bengals beat the Browns last Thursday.

It is good to be unbeaten, baby!

October 28, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2015

 

Last night, we had a special V Foundation event to raise money for kids battling cancer.  The event was sponsored by Ernie Garcia and his people from Morgan Stanley.

Also I want to thank Gary Fennessy the owner of Main Street Trattoria in Lakewood Ranch as he donated his facility plus donated all the food and wine which made the event so special. Over 100 people from the area came out and helped us raise an excess of  $40,000 dollars for pediatric cancer research and the V Foundation.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  You’re awesome baby, with a capital A!