November 9th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in November 2015

It was a very good weekend for a number of football unbeaten teams.

Oklahoma State proved a point by beating previously-unbeaten TCU. Ohio State and Iowa remained perfect in the Big Ten. Clemson defeated Florida State in a key ACC showdown.

A number of teams fell from the unbeaten. Besides TCU, LSU lost for the first time, falling to Alabama and Leonard Fournette was held to 31 yards rushing. Michigan State and Memphis also suffered first losses.

In the NFL, the Panthers sent a message by beating the Packers. The Patriots rolled on again. The Bengals beat the Browns last Thursday.

It is good to be unbeaten, baby!

October 28, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in October 2015

 

Last night, we had a special V Foundation event to raise money for kids battling cancer.  The event was sponsored by Ernie Garcia and his people from Morgan Stanley.

Also I want to thank Gary Fennessy the owner of Main Street Trattoria in Lakewood Ranch as he donated his facility plus donated all the food and wine which made the event so special. Over 100 people from the area came out and helped us raise an excess of  $40,000 dollars for pediatric cancer research and the V Foundation.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  You’re awesome baby, with a capital A!

 

Oct 26th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in October 2015

The start of November comes this weekend and already, there are a number of college football coaching vacancies out there.

The list grew after this weekend. Al Golden was fired by Miami after the school’s worst loss ever, a 58-0 defeat to Clemson. Central Florida’s George O’Leary announced his retirement; his team was 0-8 this season.

Think about other openings. USC fired Steve Sarkisian. South Carolina saw Steve Spurrier retire. Maryland fired Randy Edsall. Illinois made a coaching change before the start of the season with Tim Beckman ousted.

This is just the start. There will be others on the hot seat. The rumor mill will include guys like Justin Fuente of Memphis, Tom Herman of Houston, Matt Ruhle of Temple and many more. It is going to be wacky, my friends.

October 23rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in October 2015

My wife and I had a fantastic time as the guests of Alvarez and Marsal Holdings Inc. for their leadership conference which was held at the beautiful resort, The Sanctuary, in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. I was their keynote speaker at the conference and I can`t thank them enough for their hospitality, kindness and generosity. It was a night I will always remember as they went out of their way to treat my wife and I first class.

October 19th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in October 2015

My wife and I spent the weekend at the University of Notre Dame for their big rivalry game against SOuthern California. We also were part of a special tribute honoring Tom Longo who played for Notre Dame in the 60`s. Tom lost his battle with cancer and we had a beautiful ceremony for one of the greatest guys I ever had the pleasure of knowing. He would have been so proud for this special event put on by his son Tomas. We had a great time with family and friends and being a part of this ceremony.

October 12th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in October 2015

What a wild weekend in the NFL.

The early window saw three games go into overtime. The Falcons and Bengals remained undefeated, but it was not easy. Atlanta won on a pick six, Cincinnati rallied from a 24-7 deficit to beat Seattle. Cleveland, led by Josh McCown’s record passing day, won at Baltimore. The Ravens are now four games behind the Bengals.

The Packers and Patriots also rolled on and look like the best teams out there. Aaron Rodgers and tom Brady have their teams playing at such a high level. New England’s defense held the Cowboys to two field goals in Dallas.

Then the Sunday night game was intense. The Niners looked like a winner until Eli Manning and Shane Vereen rallied the Giants to a 30-27 win. Excitement galore, baby!

October 5th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in October 2015

We had a fantastic time at the Clemson/ Notre Dame game with some beautiful people who made it possible. I can’t thank Joanie and Rodney Williams enough for their kindness and sharing their suite at the Clemson game.

It was a great game with a very dramatic finish. The Irish put up a lot of heart but in the end came up short. Clemson won 24-22.

The people were so kind to my wife and I, and my friends, Annette and Jim Gardella, who have been a major help to me and the V FOundation.

I also had a great time at the Notre Dame Pep Rally where I was a guest speaker. The Notre Dame people are very energetic and fun.

September 29th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in September 2015

Week 3 of the NFL is in the books and the Green Bay Packers were very impressive against the Kansas City Chiefs. Green Bay led 31-7 en route to a victory.

Which team has been the best over the first three weeks? Here are the unbeatens left: Patriots, Panthers, Packers, Falcons, Cardinals, Broncos, Bengals. Seven unbeatens.

The Patriots, Packers, Falcons and Cardinals stand out to me. It is a long season, but these teams are off and running, baby!

September 25th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in September 2015

It was just the third game of the season, but it felt like a must-win for the NY Giants.

Eli Manning led his team to a must early-season W! The Giants blew out a bumbling Washington team for its first win of season. Turnovers really killed the Redskins, and Tom Coughlin was smiling and relieved.

This should be another good weekend in the NFL. Can more of the 0-2 teams break through? Will the 2-0 squads keep building on their momentum?