July 30, 2012

Written by blueadmin. Posted in Blog, July 12

I was very impressed watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in London. I loved the pageantry, the color, the presence of so many stars. I loved seeing Queen Elizabeth there and Britain recently celebrated a special milestone of the Queen’s rule there.

America was well represented by fencer Mariel Zagunis, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who also attended Notre Dame. I am sure that is an honor she will never forget.

One vivid image to me was LeBron James, Chris Paul and the American basketball contingent looking like little kids, showing true exuberance while marching with the other athletes in the parade of nations. My friends, no matter how much money you have, a moment like that is so special.

Now the games are underway and all of the hard work and effort should pay dividends to athletes who have worked so hard for four years. The men’s and women’s basketball teams should roll to gold, though Geno Auriemma’s team had a battle against Croatia for almost three quarters before pulling away.

July 18, 2012

Written by blueadmin. Posted in Blog, July 12

The U. S. men’s basketball team will have a swagger as it defends its gold medal. There is talent galore representing our country. It all starts at the top with coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo. They have assembled a group that is favored to win the championship again.

Look at the roster they have put together. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and on and on. I know some critics will bring up the injuries and absences. Simply put, there is not another roster in the Olympic games that stacks up.

The USA team combines scoring ability, a winner’s mentality, defensive prowess, role players and blenders.Guys like Tyson Chandler and Andre Iguodala are valuable because of their defense. Russell Westbrook’s athleticism is a major positive. The shooting ability of Love and Durant’s range will be factors.

There is a good reason for the USA to believe it will repeat. This collection of players is talented and under Coach K, will perform as a unit. The group has  been told that they have to be dedicated and devoted to wearing the red, white and blue. There is a sense of pride and passion.

They should bring back the gold. The formula is simple … talent plus brilliant coaching + GOLD.  USA, USA all the way, baby!

July 17, 2012

Written by blueadmin. Posted in Blog, July 12

The Penn State story is a sad one. I was blown away by the recent Freeh report, an independent review on the handling of the Jerry Sandusky matter at State College.

We all know what kind of monster Sandusky is after he was convicted on so many counts. There were so many youngsters hurt during Sandusky’s time at Penn State. Some of them would have been spared the nightmare of dealing with Sandusky had somebody spoken up and done the right thing over a decade ago. Joe Paterno, a man I looked at with such respect and admiration during his six decades at Penn State, could have made a difference. At first, I, along with many others, took the approach that the coach could not have not turned a blind eye.

I have to admit, I was wrong.

This report proves that Paterno and all the leaders of Penn State covered this up big time. Protecting the image of the school and its football program, at the expense of so many youngsters, is disgusting. The coach wanted to be remembered for honor and integrity. That will not happen now.

I have heard some call for the suspension of Penn State football as a penalty. I have to ask, is it right to punish the young men currently associated with the program today for wrongdoing by Sandusky years ago? Those players and new coach Bill O’Brien’s staff had nothing to do with this.

I am sure there will be plenty of lawsuits, and Penn State will pay a big price financially. Most of all, I feel for those innocent victims that were hurt as they will never get their youth back.

Paterno could have been a real hero if he stepped forward and reported this to the proper authorities. That did not happen.

June 28- July 6, 2012

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 12

Wow – what a two weeks I had in London, England.  I traveled overseas with my wife, two daughters, and 4 grandchildren to visit London and attend Wimbledon.  We had the thrill of a lifetime watching the world’s best tennis players compete for the prestigious Wimbledon championship!  I was blown away by the beauty of Wimbledon.  The grounds were absolutely gorgeous and impeccable.  The championsip was being televised by ESPN, so it was great to see some of my friends, such as Chris Fowler, Patrick McEnroe, Mike Tirico, and Brad Gilbert.  The biggest thrill was watching my grandsons, who idolize Roger Federer, get the opportunity to meet him after his practice session.  Roger’s coach, Paul Annacone, was nice enough to allow us on the practice court after he was done training, to get a picture with the tennis legend.

While in London, we also did a lot of sightseeing.  We rode the famous double decker bus, visited Buckingham Palace, toured the London Tower, and rode the London Eye.  It was such a special vacation, shared with my family – definitely memories we will share for a lifetime!