July 28, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 14

What a terrific day at Cooperstown on Sunday.

Six well-deserving additions entered the Baseball Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. They were all no-brainers to make it in.

It was truly a special ceremony. I loved listening to Thomas’ emotional speech. It made me think back to the time I saw Thomas in his first at-bat in the minor leagues. It came in Sarasota and I had a feeling he was going to be a special player. I have been fortunate to see a lot of youngsters who made it big in the majors. I remember seeing Derek Jeter and his manager at the time, Jake Gibbs, said that the young man was going to be a superstar. He was so right.

Congrats to the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

July 27, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 14

Saturday morning I spoke with over 3,000 of It Works! Global’s employees and distributors. The event took place at the Bradenton Convention Center and it was jam packed, the line wrapped around the building as they waited to enter. Everyone donned the companies colors “black, green, and bling”.

Mary and Cindy Pentecost, owners of It Works! Global, along with their daughter Kinsey presented me with a check of $25,000 as a donation to The V Foundation.

I also met and visited with Mike and Tiffany Potillo who donated a generous amount of $50,000 to the 2014 Dick Vitale Gala benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

I spoke with the group about the importance of enthusiasm and passion, The V Foundation, and tossed signed footballs from the 2014 gala into the crowd. It was a great morning with a great group!

July 17, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 14

The ESPYs are the sports awards which give athletes and entertainers time to meet up in LA.

This year had a number of special moments. Michael Sam won the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. The current St. Louis Ram was brave enough to declare he is openly gay.

I was truly touched by Stuart Scott’s speech about his battle against cancer. His seven-year struggle was chronicled as the won the V award for perseverance.

Kevin Durant won Best Male Athlete. MMA star Ronda Rousey won Best Female Athlete. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks won Best Team.

Congratulations to all of the winners.

July 7, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 14

The Wimbledon men’s singles final was a classic. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer laid it all on the line for almost four hours. It was such a dramatic battle, with Djokovic winning in the fifth set.

I really thought Federer was going to win his record eighth Wimbledon men’s singles title and 18th grand slam championship. Djokovic showed great mental strength in pulling it out.

It was an incredible two weeks of tournament action, with many great matches and surprises. What a way to wrap it up, with a classic final.

June 27, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

I was shocked that the Sixers took Joel Embiid third and ended up with Dario Saric. I just don’t get it. I feel for coach Brent Brown. Embiid will not be ready right away and Saric cannot be a factor as he is in Turkey next season. Nerlens Noel is a question mark coming off a layoff, I feel bad for the coach, Brent Brown. I just do not get those decisions.

I gave A’s to the Florida teams. Orlando really improved with its moves. Aaron Gordon is so athletic and will be a solid pro for years to come. Elfrid Payton out of Louisiana-Lafayette saw his stock rise. His quickness will make him a major factor as well. Miami really helped themselves big time by adding Shabazz Napier of Connecticut. Pat Riley struck gold with thart move. Napier will have a chip on his shoulder once again and prove the experts wrong.

Three guys who went too low and will be better than where they were picked: Gary Harris of Michigan State, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Rodney Hood of Duke.

Julius Randle will be a 15-10 guy for the Lakers from the start. It was a solid pick by LA.

The rich get richer as San Antonio got versatile Kyle Anderson out of UCLA. R. C. Buford and company have an incredible track record.

Every year, there are underclassmen who slip into the second round and lose out on first-round guaranteed money. Guys like DeAndre Daniels, KJ McDaniels, Jerami Grant, Jarnell Stokes, Nick Johnson, Spencer Dinwiddie and Glenn Robinson III saw their stock drop a bit.

June 26, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

It was a special time in New York the last few days.

I was honored by the American Cancer Society as Man of the Year. Then I received an honor by the NABC, being inducted into the Court of Honor.

It meant so much to me, spending time with family, friends, and so many coaches that I admire.

I continue to attempt to raise dollars in the battle against cancer. It means so much to me. I was touched by the last two nights.

June 20, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

I had a terrific time in Riverside, Iowa at a V Foundation event hosted by Craig and JoEllen Mettille.  All the dollars raised at the event goes to pediatric cancer research.  Iowa basketball head coach, Fran McCaffrey, and Iowa State basketball head coach, Fred Hoiberg, were the honrees of the night.  I can’t thank Craig and JoEllen for all their efforts and dedication in helping us beat this dreaded disease.  A great night for a great cause!

June 17, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs on the NBA championship!

Gregg Popovich and R. C. Buford are the best coach/front office tandem in all of pro sports. They built another winner as San Antonio celebrated its fifth title in 15 years. This time, the Spurs got each of their four wins in the finals by 15 or more points.

What a run it has been for Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Kawhi Leonard stepped up and was named MVP.

Give Miami credit for making it to four straight finals. The Heat came up short against a true team, the champion Spurs.

June 14, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings on winning the Stanley Cup. It is the team’s second title in the last three years.

It may have only gone five games, but this final series was unbelievable. Two games decided in double overtime, one in a single overtime. The goalies — Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist — were incredible.

Los Angeles wrapped up the championship when Alec Martinez converted a rebound in the second OT on Friday night. It was celebration time in Tinseltown. New York had to wonder about what happened, hitting the post on several opportunities in the two overtime periods.

June 9, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

My wife and I are spending a few days at a spectacular resort, the St Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA.  I am here to speak for US Trust, which is under the umbrella of Bank of America.  I will be the keynote speaker at their event to honor their award winning top performers.  I can’t thank Janet Ashley and Julie Barber for their assistance during my visit.  Also a sincere thank to the head of US Trust, Keith Banks.  I am very proud as this will be my 9th presentation for Bank of America Financial Advisors.  As part of the event, we are having dinner at San Juan Capistrano.  Really looking forward to a terrific few days with this group!   We will head from CA to my alma mater, Seton Hall in New Jersey where I will be the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year award.  It will be a black tie affair on June 13th.