October 5th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 2015

We had a fantastic time at the Clemson/ Notre Dame game with some beautiful people who made it possible. I can’t thank Joanie and Rodney Williams enough for their kindness and sharing their suite at the Clemson game.

It was a great game with a very dramatic finish. The Irish put up a lot of heart but in the end came up short. Clemson won 24-22.

The people were so kind to my wife and I, and my friends, Annette and Jim Gardella, who have been a major help to me and the V FOundation.

I also had a great time at the Notre Dame Pep Rally where I was a guest speaker. The Notre Dame people are very energetic and fun.

September 29th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

Week 3 of the NFL is in the books and the Green Bay Packers were very impressive against the Kansas City Chiefs. Green Bay led 31-7 en route to a victory.

Which team has been the best over the first three weeks? Here are the unbeatens left: Patriots, Panthers, Packers, Falcons, Cardinals, Broncos, Bengals. Seven unbeatens.

The Patriots, Packers, Falcons and Cardinals stand out to me. It is a long season, but these teams are off and running, baby!

September 25th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

It was just the third game of the season, but it felt like a must-win for the NY Giants.

Eli Manning led his team to a must early-season W! The Giants blew out a bumbling Washington team for its first win of season. Turnovers really killed the Redskins, and Tom Coughlin was smiling and relieved.

This should be another good weekend in the NFL. Can more of the 0-2 teams break through? Will the 2-0 squads keep building on their momentum?

September 22nd 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

If last weekend was any indication, college football will be wild and wacky all season long.

Ohio State beat Northern Illinois in Columbus by just seven points. Mississippi knocked off Alabama for the second straight season. Notre Dame, minus ts starting QB, RB and TE, defeated Georgia Tech. USC was upset by Stanford. UCLA rallied to beat BYU. Missouri struggled to beat Connecticut.

Early on, there have been many unpredictable results. There should be more fun this weekend.

September 15th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

My wife and I were treated like royalty by the executive staff at Sonic. Sonic is #1 in fast food, drive-in restaurant industry. They held their convention at the Kansas city Convention Center with over 3000 people. I shared a moment with suppliers and franchise owners, took pictures, signed autographs, and had a blast. I also spent some time with CEO, Cliff Hudson. I cant thank Tamara Stanley and the entire staff at Sonic enough. It was a great experience and we really enjoyed our time!

September 9th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

The NFL regular season kicks off in Foxboro this evening as the Pittsburgh Steelers meet the New England Patriots. I am excited for the season to start. How will Tom Brady fare in the season-opener after the summer of Deflategate?

The Steelers come into this one shorthanded. Running back LeVeon Bell, wide receiver Martavius Bryant and center Maurkice Pouncey (injured) are all out. Ben Roethlisberger will be fighting and scraping to get to the winner’s circle.

I cannot wait for the regular-season debut of Jameis Winston this weekend as he faces Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans.

September 6th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

There is nothing like a college football weekend at South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame football is special, with such great tradition, passionate fans, an environment second to none. I love the pep rally on Friday night before the game, and this week, I got to be the guest speaker to motivate the crowd. There was such a buzz on campus.

Why is Notre Dame so special to me? My daughters both went there, my son-in-laws were athletes under the Golden Dome. The school gave me an honorary degree.

Last weekend, it was Texas and Notre Dame battling, two of the top three programs on the all-time win list. It turned out to be cupcake city as the Longhorns were no match. Irish 38, Texas 3. Malik Zaire was brilliant as Notre Dame capped off a great South Bend weekend.

September 2nd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 2015

The US Open is under way in New York and the first few days have produced some interesting results.

The favorites, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer all won easily. There were upsets galore on the women’s side as a number of top 10 players were sent packing.

One of the bigger stories was Australian Nick Kyrgios. The very-talented youngster lost in four sets to Andy Murray. Kyrgios must take charge of his game and his life or he will waste all his talent and become a coulda, shoulda, been PTP’er.

August 28th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015, Blog

With September right around the corner, I am really excited about the AL wild card race.

Entering Friday, the Yankees and Rangers would earn the wild card slots. It is going to be a wild race with a lot of scoreboard watching. The Angels, Twins, Orioles and Rays are all within 2 1/2 games of making it, so every game down the stretch will be important.

Tampa Bay got a big come-from-behind win on Thursday night against Minnesota.

This is going to be a lot of fun. Football starting soon, the U. S. Open tennis begins Monday, and a great baseball race. It’s awesome, baby with a capital A!

August 20th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015, Blog

Yesterday proved to be a thrilling day for me and my family. Through the vision and leadership of Out-of-Door Academy’s Headmaster, David Mahler, our family was able to make a gift to help students embrace the academic environments they will experience in the future on college campuses. It was an exciting day as we were able to have the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Dick Vitale Family Student Center. This state of the art facility will offer students many collaborative study and work spaces – complete with the latest in educational technology and tools. There will also be social spaces for students to enjoy while remaining on campus to finish their studies or to work on group-based projects.

I love giving back and this was a very special way for me and my family to give back to a place that has been very special to us. Out-of-Door Academy does a tremendous job in preparing students for the challenges that are ahead in the collegiate learning environment. Nothing inspires me more than helping others to pursue their dreams and the Vitale Student Center will hopefully provide many talented students to pursue and achieve their academic goals. It also was a special honor to partner on this project with Dart Family Foundation. Ariane and Bob Dart are two of the most generous and caring individuals in our community and they love to offer a helping hand to causes about which they are passionate. The second floor of the state-of-art building offers students with the latest in STEM labs and classrooms. The Dart Foundation aims to help best prepare students for the academic challenges of the future and their new STEM Center will undoubtedly offer the students at Out-of-Door the finest facilities available to follow their passions in these areas. It was truly a great day and we are feeling very blessed to give back to our local community in such a special and meaningful way.