December 19th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

Just hosted our annual Christmas party for the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club. It was a fantastic night watching 250 youngsters get such a thrill getting 2 gifts each from Santa Claus. My wife and I love bringing a smile to the faces of these young people. Bill Sadlo, Executive Director, does a fantastic job in guiding the staff who work so hard and are dedicated to helping the young kids. I gave a speech to them about CHASING DREAMS. They had turkey dinner, visited Santa, and opened gifts. it one of my favorite nights of the year!

December 15th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

I got to see one of the best teams in America over the weekend. Mark Few’s Gonzaga squad won at UCLA, and I was very impressed. The Zags have talent, experience, size and depth. I loved the way they worked as a team, making the extra pass to get the open shots. Kyle Wiltjer has really improved and developed into a major factor. Byron Wesley has stepped in after transferring from USC and he has not missed a beat.

Keep an eye on the Zags. They have a legit shot to make it to the Final Four, baby!

December 12th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

I had a blast shooting a TV commercial this weekend for Oberto Sausage Company in Burbank, CA. Stephen A. Smith, of ESPN, and I had fun promoting Oberto`s beef jerkey. The commercial will air during March Madness in 2015.

My wife, Lorraine and I had dinner at Spago`s. Sitting close by was actress Charlize Theron. Also in house was Kelsey Grammer and Elke Sommer. We had a wonderful time!

December 10th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden was a great one. The 20th annual Jimmy V Classic featured Villanova and Louisville, a pair of top 10 teams, beating two Big Ten schools, Illinois and Indiana.

I was fortunate enough to call the game between Tom Crean’s team vs. Rick Pitino’s. Louisville was able to dominate on the glass and on the interior. That offset Indiana’s ability to hit the trifecta. The Cardinals are good enough to beat anybody out there.

The big winners of the evening were the V Foundation for Cancer Research. We continue to raise the dollars needed fr research to beat this dreaded disease. The V Foundation has raised over $130 million since its inception in 1993. Every single dollar donated goes to research, and Charity Navigator gave a four-star rating to the organization.

If you want to help, call 1-800-4-JIMMY-V.

December 8th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

College basketball has been wild and wacky.

NJIT stunned Michigan in Ann Arbor, going 11-of-17 on trifectas to score the upset. SC-Upstate upset Georgia Tech, Green Bay beat previously-undefeated Miami-Florida, defending national champion Connecticut lost to Yale.

Meanwhile, I was thrilled to go to Lawrence, Kansas to call the Gators and Jayhawks. Allen Field House is a special place, much like Wrigley Field, Cameron Indoor Stadium, a great venue to call a game. The fans make so much noise and it helped Kansas.

The Jayhawks trailed by 18 points in the second half but rallied as Wayne Selden had a terrific game.

December 1st, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, December 2014

I loved calling the final of the Orlando Classic at Walt Disney World. It was a great matchup between Kansas and Michigan State. The Big 12 against the Big Ten. Future Hall of Famers Bill Self vs. Tom Izzo. Perry Ellis and Denzel Valentine in a battle of stars in the tournament.

In the end, Kansas got the W. Ellis was named Most Outstanding Player with 17 points and nine rebounds in the final. The Jayhawk fans were feeling great after the hard-fought victory.

Self has done a great job regrouping the Jayhawks after a 72-40 loss to Kentucky in the Champions Classic. Kansas has not lost since, and the win over Michigan State had to give a real confidence boost.

November 22nd, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

I was very impressed by Texas in its wins over Iowa and California to win the 2K Sports Classic.

The Longhorns have great size, length and athleticism up front. Even without injured guard Isaiah Taylor (wrist), the Longhorns were super against Cal Friday night. Texas played tenacious defense, performing as a unit.

Rick Barnes has a team that is going to be tough to deal with as the season progresses.

November 20th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

While getting ready to call the Syracuse-California game at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, I really enjoyed a day in the Big Apple.

I had an outstanding dinner at Beccos. Then I attended the Broadway show “Beautiful”, which was the story of Carole King. It was truly a terrific performance and I went backstage and met all of the stars, including the lead, Jessie Mueller. She was absolutely phenomenal.

I am looking forward to a great doubleheader at the Mecca of college hoops. Texas-Iowa and Syracuse-California should be excitement city, baby!

November 13th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

I was really excited to be part of the Pizza Hut promotional campaign for their Flavor of Now Campaign. Lorraine and I had a great time in Boring Maryland…that`s right! Let me tell you it was anything but boring.

I had so much fun calling the numbers off as we played bingo and we distributed all kinds of new recipes to the community. They had a chance to get a first taste of the new recipes coming out November 19th. It was FUN city! The Pizza Hut team and local Firefighters presented me with a $10,000 check for cancer research.

I also did  a 3 hour radio tour promoting the Pizza Hut campaign throughout the nation.

November 10th, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, November 2014

I had a blast hosting the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Tennis Tounament in Lakewood Ranch over the weekend.

Thanks to everyone involved as the event was a success once again. Congrats to the winners; on the women’s side, Katerina Adomovich of Oklahoma State defeated Florida’s Belinda Woolcock in the singles final. Bruno Semenzato of Duke defeated Princeton’s Zack McCourt in the men’s final.

A special thanks to Paul Lederman and Chris Marquez for bringing in so many talented players and teams to participate. Also, special thanks to my buddy Larry Wade, who got together the corporate sponsorship banners which helped raise over $60,000 to the V Foundation for pediatric cancer research. This was so special to me.