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November 2009

Journal November 25-27, 2009

I did the NIT semifinals and championship game over the Thanksgiving holiday in New York City. My wife and I enjoyed the city on Thanksgiving Day, having dinner with the various teams at the hotel and then taking in the West Side Story Broadway play with Bob and Karen Knight.

The championship game featured Duke versus Connecticut at Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils defense and leadership of Jon Scheyer (tournament MVP) was the difference.

DICK VITALE

Journal November 19-20, 2009

I had a great time in New York City for the Coaches vs Cancer tournament. Madison Square Garden was host to North Carolina vs Syracuse in the finals.

Syracuse had a tremendous tournament with an outstanding performance by transfer Wesley Johnson. Johnson was the tournament MVP and led Syracuse to title.

 

DICK VITALE

Journal November 17, 2009

What a start to the college basketball season! I was so thrilled to be back courtside with my buddy Dan Shulman.

I also had a blast sitting and talking before the game with Holly Rowe and Bobby Knight. The matchup between #1 Kansas and Memphis was part of the Showcase Hall of Fame Classic in St. Louis.

I was proud to be included in a courtside ceremony before the game introducing several members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, such as, Lenny Wilkens, Bob Pettit, Rick Barry, Walt Bellamy and Cliff Hagan.

Kansas had a real scare as Memphis put forth a gallant effort. But in the end it was too much Cole Aldrich, as the Jayhawks prevailed 57-55.

 
 
 

DICK VITALE

Journal November 11, 2009

What a great evening we had in Tampa! My wife and I along with good friends, Dick and Carol Angelotti, went to see Smokey Robinson's Tribute on Ice. The show featured top figure skaters dancing to all of Smokey's Motown classic hits. His music is simply Awesome Baby!

After the show we got the opportunity to go backstage and spend some time with Smokey. We were laughing and sharing stories about the good ole days in Detroit. We also talked a lot about former Piston Hall of Famer, Dave Bing, who is now the Mayor of Detroit.

The host of the show was former Olympic Gold Medalist, Peggy Fleming. Peggy and I share the same talent agent at IMG, and it was a pleasure getting to see her again. A great night was had by all!

 
 

DICK VITALE

Journal November 5, 2009

I had a fantastic time in Indianapolis speaking for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. It was their 36th Gourmet Dinner event with over 800 people in attendance.

In the crowd were former Indiana superstars Quinn Buckner and Steve Green. It was a super evening that helped to raise dollars to help fulfill their dreams.

 

DICK VITALE

Journal November 4, 2009

I had a great time doing a video shoot at my home for EA Sports. It is for their new 2010 NCAA College Basketball game. I am so proud to be a part of it along with Brad Nessler and Erin Andrews.

I love working with EA Sports because they are the BEST in the business! I have had the pleasure of being a part of their college basketball games for several years and it is something I have always enjoyed doing. Look for the game in stores soon!

 

DICK VITALE

Quote of the Week

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

  -Dick Vitale