October 28th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2014

The NBA regular season begins this evening. I am going to lay on you my picks for MVP, Rookie of the Year, and the NBA championship.

Let’s start with Rookie of the Year. There are a number of impact players coming into the league this season. I am going to pick Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves to win the honor. I know he was the number one pick, and he will be a special player as a pro. He should make the fans in Minnesota very happy.

My pick for MVP is simple. Whether he throws the chalk in the air or not, King James is going to be the star of stars. His return to Cleveland is going to be special, and he has a new big three with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. James will return to the throne as MVP, especially with Durant missing time early.

The King will be MVP and he will bring glorious times back to Cleveland. It is a storybook finish and I am picking the Cavaliers to win it all. This team has lots of depth besides the big three. There is the rebounding prowess of Anderson Varejao. The experience of guys like Shawn Marion and Mike Miller. Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson can be factors too. This reminds me of the two championship teams LeBron starred on in Miami.

Rookie coach David Blatt will probably have a few bumps in the road, but as this team jells as a unit, getting better and better with time, watch out.

There will be joy in Cleveland, baby!

October 26th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2014

It was another interesting week for college football fans.

Mississippi State got a big win at Kentucky. It is never easy to win on the road in the SEC. Go ask Mississippi about that as the Rebels fell from the unbeatens, losing 10-7 at LSU.

There were dramatic finishes, like Utah’s rally to beat USC. Ohio State got past Penn State in two overtimes. UCLA held off a game Colorado squad.

You also had dynamic performances. Devon Johnson rushed for 272 yards for Marshall. Ameer Abdullah set a Nebraska single-game record for all-purpose yards.

A great season rolls on next week.

October 22, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2014

This weekend, October 17th, my wife and I had a beautiful time in Tallahassee, Florida for the Notre Dame-Florida State big football weekend. I had the honor to speak at the Notre Dame pep rally in front of the Notre Dame Alumni Club and it was an absolute blast. Cheerleaders, the leprechaun, and everyone were out full force as I shared the mic with Athletic Director Jeff Swarbrick.

Notre Dame put up an incredible battle against the #2 team in the nation but lost to a heartbreaker on the the last play as a penalty was called after it looked like Notre Dame had won the football game.

It was a special classic that will always be remembered as a great football weekend. Thank you to the people of Florida State for a great weekend and being so kind to my me and my wife.

October 15th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2014

I had a fantastic time as the keynote speaker for First Watch Leadership Conference 2014 at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. First Watch is one of my favorite places for breakfast and lunch in Lakewood Ranch. I am very proud of the recent growth of First Watch adding 50 stores in the last year totaling 150 stores. The very generous executives donated $20K+ to the V Foundation. CEO, Ken Pendery and  CMO, Chris Tomasso are my kind of people. They are all about family and have a passion for helping others. I can`t thank them enough, as I gathered before 200 people from First Watch family and shared our message and received a standing ovation.

October 5th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2014

The battle to make the Top four in college football is already a wild ride!

Just when you thought it was easy to figure out, upset city hit. Arizona scored a stunning upset at Oregon. Utah State gave previously-unbeaten BYU a shocking setback. The state of Mississippi went wild as Mississippi State beat Texas A&M and Ole Miss rallied to knock off Alabama. Utah stunned UCLA. TCU won at home, edging Oklahoma.

Other schools scored important wins. Auburn easily defeated LSU. Notre Dame got a huge victory over a tough, defensive-minded Stanford squad.

It is excitement galore every week.

October 3rd, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2014

I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Burger King Convention of 1500 Franchise owners. I had a errific time and appreciated the standing ovation after my presentation. It was great meeting the CEO Daniel Schwartz andthe President Alex Maseo. They were great to work with and I enjoyed all the people I met. I stayed at the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas with my wife Lorraine and we had a blast. we also visited Cesears Palace and saw Britteny Spears perform live. Great time sharing the moment with all the people at Burger King.

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

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

Oakland over LA Angels in 5
Detroit over Baltimore in 5

Los Angeles over Pittsburgh in 6

Detroit over Oakland in 6

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.