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Journal November 22-23, 2010

I was in Kansas City for the CBE Classic featuring Duke and Kansas State in the final.  The College Basketball Hall of Fame honored it's newest class which included Christian Laettner, David Thompson, Jerry West, Wayne Duke and Tom Jernstedt, among others.  Duke played outstanding basketball and walked away with a big "W" over a talented Kansas State team.  While in Kansas City, I also received the first copy of my new children's book from Bob Snodgrass and Christine Drummond of Ascend Media.  Autographed copies of the book will be available on my website in time for the holidays!  

DICK VITALE

Journal November 20, 2010

While in NYC for the Coaches vs Cancer my wife and I found some time to take in a terrific Broadway play, Promises Promises.  We always enjoy seeing the latest musical while in NYC and this one was highly entertaining.  We also had the opportunity to see the Notre Dame versus Army football game being played at Yankee Stadium  It was a phenomenal setting, as Yankee Stadium looked magnificent.  The pre-game festivities featured the Army cadets and it was truly spectacular to see them all dressed in their uniforms.  Notre Dame played well and left NYC with a nice victory.  A very fun two days in the city!

DICK VITALE

Journal November 19, 2010

I had a great time in NYC for the Coaches vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden.  The tournament  was host to Maryland/Illinois and Pittsburgh/Texas.  The championship game featured Pittsburgh versus Texas.  The veteran and highly rated Pitt Panthers, behind tournament MVP Ashton Gibbs, were able to pull out a tough battle against Texas.  It was great working with Bob Knight and Dan Shulman and all the terrific people at ESPN.  It is great to be back at work doing college hoops. 

DICK VITALE

November 16, 2010

I started my 32nd year at ESPN at the Yum Center, or as I would call it, "Pitino's Palace".  The building was even better than advertised. It is a gorgeous new facility that was jammed with 22,000 for the first regular season men's game.  Butler came into town, hot off their incredible run last season in the NCAA tourney.  Louisville dominated the game with its pressure defense and shooting three's.  The game was ugly and filled with a lot of fouls, but Louisville walked away with a "W" and that's all the fans cared about.  

DICK VITALE

November 7, 2010

I had a great time at the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas, TX.  Eddie Gossage, President of the Speedway, and Kenton Nelson, VP, were absolutely fabulous to work with.  The big weekend race was part of the Nascar Sprint series. I had to announce the top ten drivers to the crowd of over 150,000.  At the race, I had the opportunity to share time with drivers, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch.  The race also drew many big stars and celebrities, including, Lance Armstrong, Lee Ann Womack, and several Texas Rangers players.  It was a spectacular event and weekend!

DICK VITALE

Quote of the Week

"Villanova coach Jay Wright is putting together a Hall of Fame resume."

  -Dick Vitale