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May 30, 2022

The NBA Finals are set as the Warriors and the Celtics will meet. Boston won game seven of the Eastern Conference, beating Miami 100-96.

Marcus Ericsson of Sweden won the Indy 500. There was a dramatic ending after a late red flag.

The French Open saw the dream matchup set in the quarterfinals as Novak Djpkovic and Rafael Nadal will meet.

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May 23, 2022

Justin Thomas staged a great comeback to win the PGA Championship. He had two birdies in a three-hole playoff to win.

The Miami Heat took a 2-1 lead on the Celtics in a wacky series.

The Orlando Magic won the NBA Draft lottery. Will it be Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith or Paolo Banchero going numero uno?

The French Open, the second Grand Slam of the season, got underway. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal could meet in the quarterfinals. Garbine Muguruza and Ons Jabeur were early upset losers.

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May 16th, 2022

 
The term game seven was all over the place in the NBA and NHL playoffs. The Rangers-Penguins and Flames-Stars went overtime in game seven on the same night. The Mavericks won at Phoenix in a stunning game 7, 123-90. The defending champion Bucks were sent home by Boston. Toronto fell short of a series win; the last time they won a series was 2004.
MLB saw the Yankees continue to roll with great pitching and clutch hitting. Baseball also saw Albert Pujols pitch in a win.
A week away from the French Open and Iga Swiatek has won 28 straight matches and Novak Djokovic went over the 1000 career win mark.
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May 12, 2022

I was so saddened to hear about the passing of Bob Lanier. Bob and I had a fantastic relationship, both personally and professionally. For a number of years, we had a basketball camp together for youngsters between the ages of 10-18, which we held in West Bloomfield. Michigan.

The camp was called the BOB LANIER - DICK VITALE ALL STAR CAMP. Also though only for a short time, I had the opportunity to coach Bob with the Detroit Pistons in the late 70’s. He was a super talent and that was obvious by his induction in 1992 into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a super Solid Gold All-American at St Bonaventure University, as he led them to the Final 4.

Despite the many knee injuries in his career, he was super successful when healthy. Unfortunately, for me as a coach he missed about 35 games my first year due to knee problems and it hurt us big time.
My last time with Bob was several years ago, when he spent a weekend at my house and attended my Gala. We had so much fun as he had a great sense of humor. I always teased him that he was a gentle giant. After his playing career, he was hired by David Stern to be an Ambassador for the NBA and he traveled all over the world, promoting the NBA while inspiring and motivating young people to get an education .
I will miss him but never, ever forget the great memories we shared together over the years.

My heart and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates. Please GOD let BOB RIP. I loved YOU GENTLE GIANT!
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May 9th, 2022

Sarasota, Florida was the sports capital of the world on May 6.
The 17th Dickie V gala was a huge success as we raised over 11 million for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. We honored tennis legend Chris Evert, who has been in her own fight against cancer; Baylor hoops coach Scott Drew; former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson; and John Saunders courage award winner Rod Gilmore.
I was totally blown away by the generosity of our Sold Out crowd that responded in a big way to our message of how dollars are desperately needed for Pediatric Cancer Research. Wow CAN NOT BELIEVE IT as we raised $11.1 MILLION DOLLARS which certainly exceeded my expectations.
Our crowd was filled with greatness from the world of sports , business, entertainment, education , law, medicine etc.
I just want to say THANK YOU on behalf of my fantastic TEAM headed by MARY KENEALY - JANET ALLEN . A major thank you to SHANE JACOBSON CEO of THE V FOUNDATION & his staff for their incredible efforts in seeing that  we get financial support for pediatrics.
It was a night filled with emotion & lived up to the words of my buddy Jimmy V that he stated in his legendary speech . Yes he said basically that everyday you should be moved to tears / laughter & thought & trust me our crowd of 900 felt those emotions during the entire night.
Yes to ALL that DONATED I say THANK YOU for using your success to help young kids in need of new medicines & treatments .  
Please join our team: Donate at https://www.v.org/research/specialfunds/pediatrics/ or at dickvitale.com
May GOD BLESS YOU with health & happiness!
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Quote of the Week

“Wow, it is ok to be confident, but ⁦rookie Benedict Mathurin should calm down. You can’t be serious that LeBron James is going to have to show you that he is better than you."
-Dick Vitale