September 5, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

I am really excited about the college football lineup this weekend.

Think about it. Michigan against Notre Dame in prime time, baby! I cannot wait to hear the best fight song, and it is not The Victors. South Bend will be rocking and rolling. This is a great rivalry and it is sad that it is ending for now.

Out west, USC and Stanford tangle in a Pac-12 showdown. I remember when Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh lit in fire in this rivalry.

The best game of the weekend features Michigan State and Oregon. These two teams are contenders for one of the four slots in the national championship tournament, making this test pivotal. It should be excitement galore.

August 24, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 14, Blog

Now that the Kevin Love to the Cavaliers deal is done there is excitement galore in Cleveland. Yes, the Cavaliers did give up Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the deal, but this team has a lot of great talent now.

Think about it. LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and company … wow! In fact, I feel King James and Kevin Love will be the best 1-2 combo in the NBA next season. I can hear fans in Oklahoma City disagreeing, screaming that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are the dynamic duo.

Kevin Love has to be thrilled to be the newest member of the Cavs. Think the fans in Cleveland have a lot to cheer about. LeBron and the Cavaliers, Johnny Manziel, and the Indians have played pretty well despite injuries this season. They have a great manager in Terry Francona.

August 19, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 14, Blog

I had a fantastic time speaking at the PEOPLENET convention in Hollywood, Florida. The event had 800 of their customers from all over the USA and Canada; and was held at the spectacular Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Fl. I enjoyed sharing time with their executives including President Brian McLaughlin & others such as; Garland Jackson, Mark Kessler, Ron Konezcy, RandyPeoples etc. I love their passion!

PEOPLENET is a 20 yr old company that develops technology for the trucking industry . My theme was based on CHASING DREAMS!

August 10, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 14, Blog

I was truly touched and honored Saturday, when I received the Vincent T. Lombardi Memorial Award. It was presented by UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States.

It was very special to me because I grew up in North Jersey where Vince Lombardi began his legendary coaching career at St. Cecilia’s.

Thanks to everyone at UNICO who played a roll in me being selected for the Vince Lombardi Man of the Year.

August 7, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 14, Blog

The San Antonio Spurs have won five championships under coach Gregg Popovich. One reason for the team’s success is his innovative skills.

Popovich showed that once again when he hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as a Spurs assistant coach. She’ll join the NBA champs after this WNBA season.

I met Hammon when she played for my buddy Richie Adubato. She has super hoops knowledge. It was a good move by Pop. Now someone should hire Nancy Lieberman!

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.