April 2nd, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2016

I have had a great time here at the Final Four in Houston.

Last night, I enjoyed two speaking engagements, representing UPS and Allstate. The latter one also included Texas coach Shaka Smart and we talked about today’s two national semifinals. He had a great point in discussing Buddy Hield. He described him as a volcano, capable of erupting at any time.

I love representing two outstanding companies, UPS and Allstate. The March Mayhem bracket challenge comes down to today. If Oklahoma beats Villanova, Buzz Aldrin and I will be tied.


March 28th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in March 2016

The Final Four is set and Houston has four squads with great experience. Each has a solid coach who has been to the Final Four before.

Jay Wright vs. Lon Kruger and Jim Boeheim vs. Roy Williams. There is so much talent on the court. Buddy Hield. Brice Johnson. Ryan Arcidiacono, Malachi Richardson.

I cannot wait to get to Houston. I will be calling a semifinal and the championship game for ESPN International with Sean McDonough.

My pick to cut down the nets: North Carolina over Oklahoma.

March 15th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in March 2016

I had a great time on Tuesday in Houston, the city that will host the Final Four in a few weeks.

I went up against an American legend, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, in the Allstate March Mayhem Challenge. In past years, they put me up against dolphins, a longhorn and even a groundhog.

My friends, this year’s competition will be tough. Buzz Aldrin is a smart man, and he made some great picks. Everybody loves the brackets, baby! You can follow and see who wins by following #MarchMayhem on twitter.com

March 14th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in March 2016

March Madness is here. I know schools like Monmouth and St. Mary’s were disappointed. Congrats to the 68 teams in the dance.

I had a great time in Nashville calling the SEC title game. Kentucky and Big Blue Nation celebrated a win over a game Texas A&M team.

The stars were shining as Tyler Ulis and Danuel House put on a show.

It was a great regular season, but the best is yet to come.

March 7th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in March 2016

Peyton Manning went out as a winner on Monday, announcing his retirement.

He has been plagued by injuries in recent years. He missed a lot of action this season, but came back to help the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl.

Manning has always been a workaholic who studies and prepares hard. He has been a hero to many, both on and off the field, doing a lot of charity work to help others, while serving as a great teammate.

Next stop for him is Canton, baby!

March 4th 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in March 2016

I love this time of year. March Madness is under way. So is Spring Training.

I am lucky to live in Florida. The Orioles are down the road, as are the Pirates. The Rays are in Port Charlotte. It is great to see young players battling for playing time, future stars getting their first taste of the majors.

I am a huge baseball fan. I have season tickets to the Rays. Soon they will be saying Play Ball for real, baby!

February 29th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in February 2016

We are only a few weeks away from Selection Sunday. It has been a wild college hoop season, and there are plenty of bubble teams and others battling for seeding in Championship Week.

The ACC and SEC are two conferences still very much up for grabs. Kentucky has not even locked up the double-bye in the SEC tournament.

This week we will see a number of teams secure bids into the big dance. You will see lots of celebration for the little guys. Enjoy it!

February 22nd, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in February 2016

I had a great time with the American Frozen Food Institute. I was the keynote speaker at the beautiful Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel in San Diego. I enjoyed going to Dinner with President, Joe clayton, and several board members. It is a tremendous organization and they are so well organzied. I was honored to be their speaker this weekend.

February 21st, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in February 2016

It was another wacky weekend of college basketball.

Eight of the top 25 teams in the AP poll lost. It just shows how much parity exists in college hoops, baby!

You can expect great races in several conferences over the next few weeks, leading up to Championship Week. Selection Sunday will be special, and the big dance will be wild.

February 15th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in February 2016

Saturday was a great example of why this has been a special college basketball season.

Duke edged Virginia at the buzzer on Grayson Allen’s driving shot. Kansas showed why the Big 12 race goes through Lawrence, beating Oklahoma. Wisconsin scored a stunning upset at Maryland. Notre Dame got past Louisville in another thriller. Kentucky showed that it is peaking at a good time, blowing out South Carolina.

It has been a season of unpredictability, so why not see Alabama win at Florida and Texas Tech win at Baylor.

There have been so many great moments and the best is still ahead with Selection Sunday less than a month away.