September 9th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

The NFL regular season kicks off in Foxboro this evening as the Pittsburgh Steelers meet the New England Patriots. I am excited for the season to start. How will Tom Brady fare in the season-opener after the summer of Deflategate?

The Steelers come into this one shorthanded. Running back LeVeon Bell, wide receiver Martavius Bryant and center Maurkice Pouncey (injured) are all out. Ben Roethlisberger will be fighting and scraping to get to the winner’s circle.

I cannot wait for the regular-season debut of Jameis Winston this weekend as he faces Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans.

September 6th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

There is nothing like a college football weekend at South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame football is special, with such great tradition, passionate fans, an environment second to none. I love the pep rally on Friday night before the game, and this week, I got to be the guest speaker to motivate the crowd. There was such a buzz on campus.

Why is Notre Dame so special to me? My daughters both went there, my son-in-laws were athletes under the Golden Dome. The school gave me an honorary degree.

Last weekend, it was Texas and Notre Dame battling, two of the top three programs on the all-time win list. It turned out to be cupcake city as the Longhorns were no match. Irish 38, Texas 3. Malik Zaire was brilliant as Notre Dame capped off a great South Bend weekend.

September 2nd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

The US Open is under way in New York and the first few days have produced some interesting results.

The favorites, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer all won easily. There were upsets galore on the women’s side as a number of top 10 players were sent packing.

One of the bigger stories was Australian Nick Kyrgios. The very-talented youngster lost in four sets to Andy Murray. Kyrgios must take charge of his game and his life or he will waste all his talent and become a coulda, shoulda, been PTP’er.

August 28th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015, Blog

With September right around the corner, I am really excited about the AL wild card race.

Entering Friday, the Yankees and Rangers would earn the wild card slots. It is going to be a wild race with a lot of scoreboard watching. The Angels, Twins, Orioles and Rays are all within 2 1/2 games of making it, so every game down the stretch will be important.

Tampa Bay got a big come-from-behind win on Thursday night against Minnesota.

This is going to be a lot of fun. Football starting soon, the U. S. Open tennis begins Monday, and a great baseball race. It’s awesome, baby with a capital A!

August 20th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015, Blog

Yesterday proved to be a thrilling day for me and my family. Through the vision and leadership of Out-of-Door Academy’s Headmaster, David Mahler, our family was able to make a gift to help students embrace the academic environments they will experience in the future on college campuses. It was an exciting day as we were able to have the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Dick Vitale Family Student Center. This state of the art facility will offer students many collaborative study and work spaces – complete with the latest in educational technology and tools. There will also be social spaces for students to enjoy while remaining on campus to finish their studies or to work on group-based projects.

I love giving back and this was a very special way for me and my family to give back to a place that has been very special to us. Out-of-Door Academy does a tremendous job in preparing students for the challenges that are ahead in the collegiate learning environment. Nothing inspires me more than helping others to pursue their dreams and the Vitale Student Center will hopefully provide many talented students to pursue and achieve their academic goals. It also was a special honor to partner on this project with Dart Family Foundation. Ariane and Bob Dart are two of the most generous and caring individuals in our community and they love to offer a helping hand to causes about which they are passionate. The second floor of the state-of-art building offers students with the latest in STEM labs and classrooms. The Dart Foundation aims to help best prepare students for the academic challenges of the future and their new STEM Center will undoubtedly offer the students at Out-of-Door the finest facilities available to follow their passions in these areas. It was truly a great day and we are feeling very blessed to give back to our local community in such a special and meaningful way.

August 12th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015, Blog

The college football season is just a few weeks away from kickoff. Ohio State remains the big favorite going into the campaign.

Urban Meyer’s defending champions are loaded. Braxton Miller switched to receiver because the Buckeyes are so deep at QB. Ezekial Elliott is one of the top running backs in America.

Ohio State will be fired up for the opener against Virginia Tech. The Hokies handed the Buckeyes their lone loss of last season.

August 3, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015, Blog

The New York Mets are on fire, baby!

Entering play on Monday, the New Yorkers were tied with Washington for first in the NL East. A sweep over the Nationals over the weekend helped propel the Mets.

Recent moves, adding Tyler Clippard to the bullpen and Yoenis Cespedes to the outfield have helped. There is also a buzz at Citi Field over the starting pitching. With Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Jonathan Niese in the rotation, there is reason for excitement.

The Mets won it all in 1969 and 1986. Could they hang another World Champions banner in 2015?

July 26th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 2015

What an incredible group of inductees that went into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown over the weekend.

Think about this talented group. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio. Dick Enberg was also honored for his distinguished broadcasting career, now the voice of the Padres.

Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz were so dominant on the mound. Smoltz starred as a starter and a reliever. Then there is Biggio, who performed well at several positions. I am proud of him because he went to Seton Hall, where he still holds several records.

Congratulations to this great group of Hall of Famers.

July 20th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 2015

I had a great time on Monday, speaking for Pinnacle Foods, a Fortune 1000 company. The event took place at the beautiful Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Georgia.

Pinnacle Foods is a producer and distributor of high-quality food products. I wanted to thank Chief Customer Officer Chris Boever for his hospitality. I also want to thank Sandi Dorer for her help in organizing the logistics of this trip.

July 13th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 2015

How about a salute to Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon single’s champions.

Serena won her 21st major singles title by beating a game Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the finals. She locked up the Serena Slam, holding all four major tournament titles at one time.

In tough moments, Serena used her tremendous serve to get her to the winner’s circle.

Djokovic got past Roger Federer in four sets in the men’s final. Djokovic is number one in the world for a reason, finding ways to get the job done.

Congrats to both great champions!