December 8th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

College basketball has been wild and wacky.

NJIT stunned Michigan in Ann Arbor, going 11-of-17 on trifectas to score the upset. SC-Upstate upset Georgia Tech, Green Bay beat previously-undefeated Miami-Florida, defending national champion Connecticut lost to Yale.

Meanwhile, I was thrilled to go to Lawrence, Kansas to call the Gators and Jayhawks. Allen Field House is a special place, much like Wrigley Field, Cameron Indoor Stadium, a great venue to call a game. The fans make so much noise and it helped Kansas.

The Jayhawks trailed by 18 points in the second half but rallied as Wayne Selden had a terrific game.

December 1st, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

I loved calling the final of the Orlando Classic at Walt Disney World. It was a great matchup between Kansas and Michigan State. The Big 12 against the Big Ten. Future Hall of Famers Bill Self vs. Tom Izzo. Perry Ellis and Denzel Valentine in a battle of stars in the tournament.

In the end, Kansas got the W. Ellis was named Most Outstanding Player with 17 points and nine rebounds in the final. The Jayhawk fans were feeling great after the hard-fought victory.

Self has done a great job regrouping the Jayhawks after a 72-40 loss to Kentucky in the Champions Classic. Kansas has not lost since, and the win over Michigan State had to give a real confidence boost.

November 22nd, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

I was very impressed by Texas in its wins over Iowa and California to win the 2K Sports Classic.

The Longhorns have great size, length and athleticism up front. Even without injured guard Isaiah Taylor (wrist), the Longhorns were super against Cal Friday night. Texas played tenacious defense, performing as a unit.

Rick Barnes has a team that is going to be tough to deal with as the season progresses.

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!