October 18th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2016

Which team is the best in the NFL? We will determine that at the Super Bowl, but for now, there is a short list of contenders.

The Dallas Cowboys moved to 5-1 with an impressive win at Green Bay. The Patriots also climbed to 5-1 by beating the Bengals.

The Minnesota Vikings are still unbeaten at 5-0 but had a bye this weekend.

The Seattle Seahawks moved to 4-1 by edging the Falcons. Buffalo, Washington, Oakland, Denver and Pittsburgh are all 4-2, as is Atlanta.

Things are pretty wide open in the NFL, which means excitement galore.

October 17th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2016

We had a great time at the Notre Dame Stanford weekend. It didn’t turn out as we would have liked as the Irish lost to Stanford and are now sitting at 2-5. However, it was a great time that I shared with some great people who were vital in my early career. I took with me three former players who played for me at East Rutherford High School. Joe Solimini, Dwight Hall, and Charlie Rusconi were three major contributors to our two championships.

We had a fantastic time sharing many memories. Also joining us was Brian Roberts, former major leaguer of the Baltimore Orioles, and he brought along his father in law Dan. We had a great time talking about many of his great moments in his career.

It was a wonderful weekend that my wife Lorraine and I got to spend at Notre Dame.

October 11th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2016

I had a blast last night speaking at a big event put on by Jon Cooper, head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, as he put together a fishing tournament to raise money for the V Foundation and pediatric cancer research. He is a great coach who cares very much about young people.

Tony Colton, who is a 16 year old cancer survivor,  gave an outstanding speech sharing his courageous struggles over the past 5 years.

Also in attendance was Hall of Famer, Phil Esposito, as well as one of the best owners in all of sports, Tampa Bay Lightning owner, Jeff Vinik.

It was a fantastic night and the tournament takes place tomorrow with Tampa Bay Lightning player`s on each boat.

October 10th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2016

Another weekend of college football is in the books. The race for the top four spots in the playoff in pretty competitive,

Right now, I see six teams leading the way for the four spots. Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, and Texas A&M stand out to me. Washington and Michigan each put up 70-plus points on the board last weekend.

This will play itself out. College football fans are the big winners.

October 3rd, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2016

The major league baseball regular season is over and now it is playoff time.

It should be excitement galore in the Big Apple as the Giants and Mets meet in the NL wild card game. Toronto and Baltimore meet in the AL wild card game.

Noah Syndergaard and Madison Baumgarner are scheduled to meet in a thrilling pitching match-up in the NL wild card.

The second season is here and it will be thrilling, baby!

September 30th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2016

I had a real thrill as I was honored by the East Rutherford, New Jersey Civic Pride Association as Man of The Year. It was quite a celebration at Il Villagio in Carlstadt, New Jersey as I saw so many old friends and acquaintances, as well as a number of ESPN people who came to support me. Many of my former players from when I coached at East Rutherford High School, where we won back to back state championships in 1970 & 1971, were in attendance.

The Organization presented a check for $10k for the V Foundation that will go towards the John Saunders Research Grant.

I got the chance to spend time with family, friends and many young players who helped me realize my dreams.

They named the basketball court at the Grove Street playground, where many of my young players use to practice and workout, “The DIck Vitale Courts”. It is a night I will always remember!

September 28th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2016

As we enter the fourth week of the NFL season, it is hard to believe that only five teams are still unbeaten.

When you look at the five, it is also surprising.

The Eagles are undefeated with rookie Carson Went at quarterback. Philadelphia is coming off a blowout of the Steelers.

The Vikings have not lost despite the season-ending injury to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, followed by running back Adrian Peterson going down.

The Broncos are unbeaten even after Peyton Manning retired. Trevor Siemian has done a solid job at quarterback.

The Ravens have played in several Maalox mashers but still have a zero in the loss column.

Finally there is the Patriots, 3-0 even without Tom Brady in the lineup. Bill Belichick is one of the greatest NFL coaches of all-time.

September 26th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2016

We had a great time visiting the University of Notre Dame for the weekend. I went with my daughter Terri`s family and my wife Lorraine. Always a special time visiting this campus. Unfortunately, they were defeated by the Blue Devils. It`s a tough time as a football fan because Notre Dame currently has a 1-3 record.

I enjoyed speaking at the bookstore and sharing the game of life to fans and those that gathered.

We will be back for two games this year, as Notre Dame takes on Stanford and Miami as I return back with my daughter Sherri and her family. Let`s Go Irish!

September 25th, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2016

It was a wild weekend in college football.

Wisconsin opened some eyes with a big win over Michigan State. Tennessee came back from a 21-point deficit to beat Florida. Stanford rallied to get past UCLA. Texas A&M remained unbeaten by besting Arkansas.

Notre Dame was stunned by Duke. That loss cost defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder his job. LSU lost to Auburn and Les Miles was fired as head coach. Georgia was blown out by Mississippi.

Next week included a big ACC showdown between Louisville and Clemson.

September 23rd, 2016

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2016

It has been an exciting start to the college football season. Alabama and Ohio State are ranked 1-2 in the polls, Louisville has been on fire, including a blowout of Florida State. There have been upsets galore too.

This figures to be another fun weekend as several ranked teams go head-to-head. Michigan State meets Wisconsin, Georgia visits Mississippi State, Tennessee is at Florida, Arkansas and Texas A&M square off in Arlington, Texas. Other games of note include Penn State vs. Michigan, UCLA against Stanford and Florida State against South Florida.

Enjoy another fun weekend of gridiron action!