Oct. 14, 2013

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 13

What a wild weekend in the NFL.

You cannot give up on Tom Brady. New England got a break late and gave Brady the ball with one last chance against the Saints. He marched his team downfield and got the victory against a previously-unbeaten New Orleans squad.

The Rams did a number on the Texans in Houston. There have been a number of disappointing teams this season — the Texans, Giants, Bucs, Steelers, Vikings and Falcons all come to mind.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the biggest surprise and Andy Reid’s team remains unbeaten. The Denver Broncos, the only other unbeaten left, looks like the crème de la crème.

Next weekend, Peyton Manning goes back to Indianapolis to face Andrew Luck and the Colts. That should be a fun one to watch.

Oct. 10, 2013

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 13

There have been a number of dominant teams in college football so far this season.  Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Clemson have been the teams high up in the polls.  My friends, keep an eye on Florida State.  The Seminoles sent a message that they are contenders by beating Maryland 63-0.  The Terps were ranked 25th.  Famous Jameis Winston has been the premier diaper dandy in college football and people in Tallahassee are talking Heisman a la Johnny Manziel last year.

Oct. 4, 2013

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 13

My wife and I had the time of our life at the Coronado Resort, outside of San Diego, CA. I can’t thank John Thiel, Head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and his staff for allowing me to have the opportunity to speak at the three events in CA.  This would be my seventh event for Merrill Lynch in the last year and a half.  I have met so many wonderful people with the company in that time.  I also can’t thank Valerie Johnson and Janet Ashley and their entire team for all their help in making this a tremendous experience and memory for my wife and I.  All I can say is, Merrill Lynch you are Awesome Baby with a capital “A”!

Sept. 30, 2013

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, October 13

I went to the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index), and it spit out my award winners for the 2013 bsaeball season.  I know that some people will disagree with some of these choices, but that is the beauty of sports.  There are great debates over the creme de la creme.  Here we go:

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit.  It probably goes down to a battle between Cabrera, Chris Davis of Baltimore and Mike Trout of the Angels.  Cabrera has been so consistent depsite injuries.  He deserves to win again.

AL CY YOUNG: Max Scherzer, Detroit.  He was the only pitcher in the majors to win 20 games (finished with 21).  He was also second in the majors in strikeouts with 240.

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Terry Francona, Cleveland.  I know there will be people screaming for John Farrell of the Red Sox, but I like what Francona did.  How many people had Cleveland making the playoffs?

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Wil Myers, Tampa Bay.  I have seen what he has meant day in and day out to the Rays lineup.  I know there will be a debate about this one too.

NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh.  The Pirates are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1992.  The outfielder has been the key reason why.

NL CY YOUNG: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles.  He finished at 16-9 with an incredible ERA of 1.83.  He had 180 more strikeouts than walks.

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Don Mattingly, Los Angeles.  Look where the Dodgers where back in early June.  He did a great job.

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jose Fernandez, Miami.  I know Yasiel Puig had a super season, but look at what Fernandez did on a bad team.  He went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 172.2 IP.  He was also limited to 28 starts.

Sept. 27, 2013

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 13

There are times that the sports world provides us with a memory we will talk about for years.  That’s what happened in The Bronx on Thursday.  Mariano Rivera, who did his job better than any other reliever ever, said farewell in his Yankee home finale.  There was an incredible reaction when he came out of the bullpen to his renowned theme song of Enter Sandman.  The ovation from the adoring fans was deafening.  Then he pitched beautifully. retiring four batters.  At that point, manager Joe Girardi sent out veterans Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter to remove Rivera.  The emotion of the moment was too much as Rivera was reduced to tears.  After the game, Rivera took one more curtain call, going out to the mound to collect some Yankee Stadium dirt as a collector’s item.  It was an amazing night.  Nobody will remember that the Yankees lost to the Rays.  They won’t care…Mariano’s farewell was memorable.

Sept. 23, 2013

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 13

What a trip we had to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.  I was the surprise guest speaker for a wonderful company, Paychex.  They had their top sales people for a conference at the Atlantis, and I was thrilled to be able to share my thoughts and ideas on motivation and the Game of Life with them.  I can’t thank Marty Mucci, CEO, Mark Bottini, VP of Marketing and Toni Thomas, event coordinator for all their hard work in organizing the event.  It was first class all the way and all the people I met could not have been more welcoming to me and my family.  The Atlantis is an incredible resort and I was happy to be able to share this time with my wife, daughters, son in laws and five grand kids.  It was a special three days.

Sept. 25, 2013

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 13

I am so excited to see college basketball practices starting all over America this Friday.  We used to have to wait until mid-October, with Midnight Madness.  You will still see special events at many schools to commemorate the opening of the new season.  I think it is great to give the players and coaches more time to work together.  It will make the product better, teams will be more cohesive early on.  It is a win-win situation.  Why are practices starting so early?  There was a rule change that extended the time for practice from 30 days before the opening game, up to 40.  This season, many schools are starting their schedule on November 8th, so 40 days before would have meant a first practice on a Sunday.  The NCAA allowed schools to have that first workout on a Friday.  There is also time built into this practice plan, so schools will actually have 42 days to hold 30 practices.  Coaches will make sure their players are in better shape and ready.  It should help newcomers to the college game make the adjustment.  They will be able to learn more quickly and get that hands on work with their coaches.

Sept. 20, 2013

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 13

Sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference in the world for a head coach.  Just ask Andy Reid about that.  His Kansas City Chiefs are now 3-0 after beating the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.  Kansas City won just two games all of last season.  It was an emotional night for Reid, the former Eagles coach, returning for a contest in the City of Brotherly Love.  You could see the respect by the eagles players after the game as they came over and gave him a hug.  Reid had a solid career in Philly, but it was time to move on after he was let go.  The Chiefs went with the verteran coach, and so far, so good, baby!

Sept. 18, 2013

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, September 13

I had a fantastic time this morning speaking to the financial advisors for Signator Investors Inc. at their conference in Orlando at the Disney Yacht Club Resort.  It was a terrific event and I truly appreciated the standing ovation from the crowd.  Signator Investors Inc. has as its parent company, John Hancock, who has been in the business for over 150 years.  They are here as an educational conference to gain familiarity with various investment strategies for their clients.  My speech theme was about pursuing your dreams and goals and having a sense of passion and pride about what you do.

Sept. 17, 2013

Written by blueadmin. Posted in Blog, September 13

If the fans of the Tampa Bay Rays want to keep the team around, they have to step up and show up.

I cannot blame ownership when less than 11,000 fans show up for a big game vs. Texas in a pennant race. I would be disappointed if the team ever left as I am a diehard fan, but the attendance on Tuesday was sad.

The team has reasonable ticket prices. I know the economy is tough right now, but the team deserves better support. This franchise has put a winner on the field for six straight seasons despite having one of the lower payrolls in baseball.

The Rays are batting for a spot in the playoffs and deserve better.