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March 7, 2017

Last Friday night, we had a special evening at the Mercedes of Sarasota showroom, benefiting the V Foundation.

We had celebrities in attendance: auto race driver and Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was there. Bucs president Brian Ford and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald joined us. Florida Gulf Coast assistant coach Tom Abatemarco was also there.

The event was catered by Main Events and Capital Grille. A special thanks to Ernie of Mercedes for helping put on such a wonderful event raising funds for cancer research. We had a number of courageous young boys and girls there, winners in the game of life as they have battled cancer.

It was an emotional evening.

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March 6, 2017

March Madness is in full swing, baby!

I am excited to be calling the Gonzaga-Santa Clara WCC semifinal, and then the league title game. Then it is ff to the SEC tournament.

We have punched several tickets to the big dance. Congrats to Jacksonville State, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State and Winthrop. The whole field will be set next weekend.

March Madness will be special as this year’s tournament will be great.

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February 28th, 2017

Senior night is so special in college basketball. It is emotional to see players taking the court for the final time.

Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of my favorite places to call a game, right up there with Allen Field House in Kansas and Rupp Arena in Kentucky. Cameron is to college basketball what Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are to baseball.

I had the opportunity to see Duke's senior night on Tuesday against Florida State. Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones and reserve Nick Pagliuca completed their careers with the Blue Devils.

I had special guests join me for the game, including Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Mike Valdes, a long-time supporter of the V Foundation.

  

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February 27th, 2017

This is an exciting time of the college basketball season. Championship Week will help determine champions in a lot of one-bid leagues. Teams striving to make the big dance will get their shot.

It is also time for bubble teams to improve their resumes. There are a number of teams that will be sweating until Selection Sunday. They can finish well and improve their stock, or make some noise in conference tournaments.

This will lead to one of the greatest roads to the Final Four ever. There are a number of teams capable of cutting down the nets in Arizona in April.
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February 24th 2017

My wife Lorraine and I had a great time in Cleveland as we were the guest of Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Basketball team. We were Dans guests in his suite and got a chance to see the Cavaliers play the NY Knicks. The Cavaliers responded in a positive way behind the great play of LeBron James.



I was also in Cleveland to be the keynote speaker at a kickoff breakfast at the Cleveland Auto Show. Spoke to 700 dealers and salespeople in the auto industry. I was really thrilled to see the warm response from the crowds.  We had a tremendous time meeting many quality people.



The show will go on for ten days. There will be over a half a millions visitors during that period of time exploring the new models and learning what is transpiring in the Auto Industry.

 


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Quote of the Week

"In discussing the protests by athletes, it is fantastic that we have the right to disagree."

  -Dick Vitale