September 17th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

This should be another exciting week for college football fans.

It starts on Thursday with a pair of ranked teams squaring off. Auburn takes on Kansas State. The SEC has seven teams ranked in the AP Top 15 this week, so there is some pressure to back it up.

#1 Florida state has an ACC showdown against Clemson. Alabama hosts Florida in an SEC match-up. You also have Oklahoma against West Virginia and Miami-Florida at Nebraska. Mountaineer QB Clint Trickett threw for 511 yards last week; Bob Stoops will have a few sleepless nights thinking about that.

It should be a fun weekend indeed.

September 15th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14, Uncategorized

 

There are certainly a number of issues involving NFL players and their off-field issues.  

On the field, there have been a few surprises already. The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 after an impressive and emotional win over Miami. The team honored late owner Ralph Wilson over the weekend and the players responded. The Houston Texans won two games all of last season; the Bill O’Brien-led squad is now 2-0 after winning at the Raiders. 

The Saints are a surprising 0-2 after losing at Cleveland on a late field goal. Don’t count Drew Brees and company out.

September 10, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

I had a blast sharing the stage with ESPN’s Allan Bestwick and Joe Lunardi, along with driver Kasey Kahne at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston.

Everybody is very excited about the new Chase Grid for this year. We talked about NASCAR’s version of the postseason and the new format and rules, which have 16 drivers competing for the championship. There will be so much excitement as we cut down the field of contenders.

The fans in New Hampshire should be thrilled as they have a race in Loudon coming up and Jerry Gappens does a super job up there.

September 8, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

This was not a good weekend for Jim Delany and the Big Ten conference.

Ohio State was upset at home by Virginia Tech. Michigan was shut out by Notre Dane. Michigan State lost at Oregon. Nebraska needed a last-minute touchdown to beat McNeese State. Purdue was blasted by Central Michigan.

With the new college football playoff system in place, it doesn’t look like the Big Ten will have a participant involved. I know it seems early to say that, but the conference took a major hit over the weekend.

September 5, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 14

I am really excited about the college football lineup this weekend.

Think about it. Michigan against Notre Dame in prime time, baby! I cannot wait to hear the best fight song, and it is not The Victors. South Bend will be rocking and rolling. This is a great rivalry and it is sad that it is ending for now.

Out west, USC and Stanford tangle in a Pac-12 showdown. I remember when Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh lit in fire in this rivalry.

The best game of the weekend features Michigan State and Oregon. These two teams are contenders for one of the four slots in the national championship tournament, making this test pivotal. It should be excitement galore.

August 24, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 14, Blog

Now that the Kevin Love to the Cavaliers deal is done there is excitement galore in Cleveland. Yes, the Cavaliers did give up Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the deal, but this team has a lot of great talent now.

Think about it. LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and company … wow! In fact, I feel King James and Kevin Love will be the best 1-2 combo in the NBA next season. I can hear fans in Oklahoma City disagreeing, screaming that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are the dynamic duo.

Kevin Love has to be thrilled to be the newest member of the Cavs. Think the fans in Cleveland have a lot to cheer about. LeBron and the Cavaliers, Johnny Manziel, and the Indians have played pretty well despite injuries this season. They have a great manager in Terry Francona.

August 19, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 14, Blog

I had a fantastic time speaking at the PEOPLENET convention in Hollywood, Florida. The event had 800 of their customers from all over the USA and Canada; and was held at the spectacular Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Fl. I enjoyed sharing time with their executives including President Brian McLaughlin & others such as; Garland Jackson, Mark Kessler, Ron Konezcy, RandyPeoples etc. I love their passion!

PEOPLENET is a 20 yr old company that develops technology for the trucking industry . My theme was based on CHASING DREAMS!

August 10, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 14, Blog

I was truly touched and honored Saturday, when I received the Vincent T. Lombardi Memorial Award. It was presented by UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States.

It was very special to me because I grew up in North Jersey where Vince Lombardi began his legendary coaching career at St. Cecilia’s.

Thanks to everyone at UNICO who played a roll in me being selected for the Vince Lombardi Man of the Year.

August 7, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 14, Blog

The San Antonio Spurs have won five championships under coach Gregg Popovich. One reason for the team’s success is his innovative skills.

Popovich showed that once again when he hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as a Spurs assistant coach. She’ll join the NBA champs after this WNBA season.

I met Hammon when she played for my buddy Richie Adubato. She has super hoops knowledge. It was a good move by Pop. Now someone should hire Nancy Lieberman!

July 28, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 14

What a terrific day at Cooperstown on Sunday.

Six well-deserving additions entered the Baseball Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. They were all no-brainers to make it in.

It was truly a special ceremony. I loved listening to Thomas’ emotional speech. It made me think back to the time I saw Thomas in his first at-bat in the minor leagues. It came in Sarasota and I had a feeling he was going to be a special player. I have been fortunate to see a lot of youngsters who made it big in the majors. I remember seeing Derek Jeter and his manager at the time, Jake Gibbs, said that the young man was going to be a superstar. He was so right.

Congrats to the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.