January 6th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, January 2015

Cooperstown, New York will have four new members to the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were all deserving of induction and got more than 75 percent of the votes needed to qualify.

I was disappointed that Mike Piazza fall a little short of the required votes. I believe he will get enough support next year and make it then.

The writers sent a clear message that the steroid era was a factor in their decisions. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, two of the game’s greats, each received under 40 percent of the votes cast.

January 5th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, January 2015

I cannot wait for January 12th. The national championship game should be excitement galore as Oregon meets Ohio State.

The Ducks were brilliant on New Year’s, scoring 59 points while snapping Florida State’s 29-game win streak. The Seminoles helped Oregon out by committing more turnovers than a bakery.

Ohio State upset #1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Do you think that Urban Meyer can flat-out coach? The Tide led 21-6, but the Buckeyes bounced back and would not be denied.

December 26th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

My wife, Lorraine and I are having a blast in Las Vegas at the Wynn Resort and Casino. We are attending shows every single night. Showstoppers at the Wynn is off the charts. The Michael Jackson One show at Mandalay Bay is unbelievable. The Tony Orlando Christmas Special is terrific with a lot of passion. We also saw Smokey Robinson from MoTown and Impersonators of the BeeGee`s, whose music I love! On Christmas Day we saw Terry Fator for some great music and some laughs.

We are having a great time! My daughters, son-in-law`s and grandchildren are on a big trip to South Africa and there is a short break in my basketball schedule so Lorraine and I are enjoying the Christmas holiday in Vegas, baby! And you know what they say, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

December 19th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

Just hosted our annual Christmas party for the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club. It was a fantastic night watching 250 youngsters get such a thrill getting 2 gifts each from Santa Claus. My wife and I love bringing a smile to the faces of these young people. Bill Sadlo, Executive Director, does a fantastic job in guiding the staff who work so hard and are dedicated to helping the young kids. I gave a speech to them about CHASING DREAMS. They had turkey dinner, visited Santa, and opened gifts. it one of my favorite nights of the year!

December 15th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

I got to see one of the best teams in America over the weekend. Mark Few’s Gonzaga squad won at UCLA, and I was very impressed. The Zags have talent, experience, size and depth. I loved the way they worked as a team, making the extra pass to get the open shots. Kyle Wiltjer has really improved and developed into a major factor. Byron Wesley has stepped in after transferring from USC and he has not missed a beat.

Keep an eye on the Zags. They have a legit shot to make it to the Final Four, baby!

December 12th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

I had a blast shooting a TV commercial this weekend for Oberto Sausage Company in Burbank, CA. Stephen A. Smith, of ESPN, and I had fun promoting Oberto`s beef jerkey. The commercial will air during March Madness in 2015.

My wife, Lorraine and I had dinner at Spago`s. Sitting close by was actress Charlize Theron. Also in house was Kelsey Grammer and Elke Sommer. We had a wonderful time!

December 10th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden was a great one. The 20th annual Jimmy V Classic featured Villanova and Louisville, a pair of top 10 teams, beating two Big Ten schools, Illinois and Indiana.

I was fortunate enough to call the game between Tom Crean’s team vs. Rick Pitino’s. Louisville was able to dominate on the glass and on the interior. That offset Indiana’s ability to hit the trifecta. The Cardinals are good enough to beat anybody out there.

The big winners of the evening were the V Foundation for Cancer Research. We continue to raise the dollars needed fr research to beat this dreaded disease. The V Foundation has raised over $130 million since its inception in 1993. Every single dollar donated goes to research, and Charity Navigator gave a four-star rating to the organization.

If you want to help, call 1-800-4-JIMMY-V.

December 8th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

College basketball has been wild and wacky.

NJIT stunned Michigan in Ann Arbor, going 11-of-17 on trifectas to score the upset. SC-Upstate upset Georgia Tech, Green Bay beat previously-undefeated Miami-Florida, defending national champion Connecticut lost to Yale.

Meanwhile, I was thrilled to go to Lawrence, Kansas to call the Gators and Jayhawks. Allen Field House is a special place, much like Wrigley Field, Cameron Indoor Stadium, a great venue to call a game. The fans make so much noise and it helped Kansas.

The Jayhawks trailed by 18 points in the second half but rallied as Wayne Selden had a terrific game.

December 1st, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

I loved calling the final of the Orlando Classic at Walt Disney World. It was a great matchup between Kansas and Michigan State. The Big 12 against the Big Ten. Future Hall of Famers Bill Self vs. Tom Izzo. Perry Ellis and Denzel Valentine in a battle of stars in the tournament.

In the end, Kansas got the W. Ellis was named Most Outstanding Player with 17 points and nine rebounds in the final. The Jayhawk fans were feeling great after the hard-fought victory.

Self has done a great job regrouping the Jayhawks after a 72-40 loss to Kentucky in the Champions Classic. Kansas has not lost since, and the win over Michigan State had to give a real confidence boost.

November 22nd, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

I was very impressed by Texas in its wins over Iowa and California to win the 2K Sports Classic.

The Longhorns have great size, length and athleticism up front. Even without injured guard Isaiah Taylor (wrist), the Longhorns were super against Cal Friday night. Texas played tenacious defense, performing as a unit.

Rick Barnes has a team that is going to be tough to deal with as the season progresses.