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Journal February 27-28, 2010

What a blast I had in Orlando for the ESPN the Weekend at Hollywood Studios.  My entire family joined me for this special, fun-filled weekend put on by Disney and ESPN.  It is a weekend of fun and games at the Hollywood Studios theme park with ESPN personalities and athletes.  This year, athletes such as Robert Horry, Scottie Pippen, Curt Schilling, Jim Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, CC Sabathia, Deangelo Williams, and Maurice Jones-Drew were all there in attendance.  There are interactive games and ESPN shows being broadcast throughout the weekend.  I was the guest on the Stump the Schwab and Inside the Huddle with Mike Greenberg.  It is a super weekend and I am so thankful to be a part of such a winning combination of Disney and ESPN.  They are truly “Awesome Baby” with a capital, “A”!

View more photos of the weekend.

DICK VITALE

Journal February 25, 2010

Kentucky got pay back last night at Rupp Areana against South Carolina.  Earlier in the season, South Carolina gave Kentucky their only blemish on the season.  The Cats were dominant last night and now moved to 27-1.  They are certainly leading contenders to cut the nets down as National Champions in Indianapolis. 

 

It was so great to see Magic Johnson at the game and Ben Roethlisberger.  Tennis legend, Nick Bollettieri, accompanied me to the game and he could not believe all the excitement and passion that filled Rupp Areana.  It was a great college hoops night!

 

See more great photos from the game.

DICK VITALE

Journal February 5, 2010

I had a great time in Orlando as a guest speaker for the Zimmer National Sales Training Meeting. Zimmer is #1 in the nation in product and services involving orthopaedic patients. It was a four day sales training seminar, in which Pat Riley was also a guest speaker.

Executives with Zimmer, including David Dvorak (CEO), Jeff McCaulley (President), Mike Los, and Jon Kramer were all a pleasure to work with. Greg Adamson, a Kansas graduate, did a temendous job organizing and putting the four day sales training seminar together. I was truly proud to be a small part of the event.

DICK VITALE

Journal February 10, 2010

Nothing could be finer than seeing Duke and Carolina, baby!

The greatest rivalry in college sports, with the two ACC schools separated by eight miles, was as intense as ever. You could feel it in the air at the Dean Dome right from the opening tip. Duke got the W as the Tar Heels fell to 2-7 in the ACC. Wow! 

The Tar Heels were in a must-win situation in my opinion. A victory could have springboarded North Carolina to bounce back from a slow league start and compete for an NCAA berth.  

North Carolina played with a chip on its shoulder. It showed that if you play great defense, you have the opportunity to get to the winner's circle. That was an area of concern during the Tar Heels' 1-6 run prior to their Wednesday night clash against the Dukies.  

n breaking it down, however, the key difference was leadership and reliable scoring. You knew that Duke could count on Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, but the Tar Heels were searching for someone to step up in clutch time. Execution and efficiency down the stretch was another key for Duke.

DICK VITALE

Journal February 15-16, 2010

I had a great time in New York City for the Sunkist Satellite Radio Tour. The satellite tour connected me with stations across the nation – including Fox and Friends Nationally and culminated with ESPN’s First Take Show. The tour was from 6 am – 12 pm. The radio tour was to promote the sound alike contest that is currently underway. By simply going www.sunkistsoda.com and voting you are eligible to win prizes that include flat screen tv’s. The five sound alike winners across America will each receive $10,000.00.

View more photos of the Sunkist Satellite Tour.

DICK VITALE

Quote of the Week

"The 192 Dolphins are celebrating as the Chiefs lost, leaving no unbeaten teams in the NFL."

  -Dick Vitale