November 20th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

While getting ready to call the Syracuse-California game at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, I really enjoyed a day in the Big Apple.

I had an outstanding dinner at Beccos. Then I attended the Broadway show “Beautiful”, which was the story of Carole King. It was truly a terrific performance and I went backstage and met all of the stars, including the lead, Jessie Mueller. She was absolutely phenomenal.

I am looking forward to a great doubleheader at the Mecca of college hoops. Texas-Iowa and Syracuse-California should be excitement city, baby!

November 13th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

I was really excited to be part of the Pizza Hut promotional campaign for their Flavor of Now Campaign. Lorraine and I had a great time in Boring Maryland…that`s right! Let me tell you it was anything but boring.

I had so much fun calling the numbers off as we played bingo and we distributed all kinds of new recipes to the community. They had a chance to get a first taste of the new recipes coming out November 19th. It was FUN city! The Pizza Hut team and local Firefighters presented me with a $10,000 check for cancer research.

I also did  a 3 hour radio tour promoting the Pizza Hut campaign throughout the nation.

November 10th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

I had a blast hosting the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Tennis Tounament in Lakewood Ranch over the weekend.

Thanks to everyone involved as the event was a success once again. Congrats to the winners; on the women’s side, Katerina Adomovich of Oklahoma State defeated Florida’s Belinda Woolcock in the singles final. Bruno Semenzato of Duke defeated Princeton’s Zack McCourt in the men’s final.

A special thanks to Paul Lederman and Chris Marquez for bringing in so many talented players and teams to participate. Also, special thanks to my buddy Larry Wade, who got together the corporate sponsorship banners which helped raise over $60,000 to the V Foundation for pediatric cancer research. This was so special to me.

November 9th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

It was another great weekend of college football action.

The race for the four playoff slots is tightening up even more. Teams like Alabama, TCU, Ohio State, Baylor, Arizona State and Oregon really helped themselves. Auburn and Notre Dame hurt their causes with a second loss each. Gus Malzahn’s Tigers were stunned at home by Texas A&M, and now may have to settle for the spoiler role vs. Alabama down the line.

Coming up is another important game as Alabama hosts Mississippi State.

November 7th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

I had the opportunity  to be the keynote speaker at a Safeguard Properties Corporate Event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. Safeguard is the largest company in the nation that services banks in preserving properties. I want to thank Alan Jaffa, Todd Burken, Karen Tester and Erin and Taryn. They were all great people and held a phenomenal conference. I was proud to speak to the group on The Game of Life and cant thank everyone enough for standing ovation.

October 30th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2014

Congratulations on the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants.

Bruce Bochy cemented his place in Cooperstown with his third championship in five years.

Madison Bumgarner was the star of stars, with great starts followed by an amazing performance out of the bullpen in game seven.

Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence came through with big hits, as did Mike Morse.

The Kansas City Royals deserve a salute for a great season, energizing the fan base. They fell one run short in game seven.

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.