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October 2009

Journal October 17, 2009

What an incredible college football weekend we had in South Bend, IN for the Notre Dame vs USC game. I am a big college football fan and supporter of the University of Notre Dame, as my two daughters attended there and I have a Dick Vitale Family Scholarship there. My wife and I brought our good friends, Fred and Florence Barakat (Fred is a former ACC administrator) and Jeff and Angela Adams (Jeff is a part of the Florida Sports Commission). The Friday night pep rally was sensational with Joe Theisman and Rocket Ismail electrifying the crowd of students, fans and alumni. After the pep rally, we joined Digger Phelps for dinner at Parisi's Restaurant. Saturday the campus was buzzing in preparation for the big game.

Thousands of USC fans made the journey to South Bend and Spike Lee and Will Ferrell were on the USC sideline. The game came down to the last play. Notre Dame came up just shy of the tying the touchdown. It was a super weekend had by all!

DICK VITALE

Journal October 15, 2009


I had the opportunity to attend the South Florida vs Cincinnati college football game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. I am a big sports fan so I love having the chance to be a part of the enthusiasm and excitement that college sports offer. 

My wife and I attended the game with Fred and Florence Barakat (dear friends from North Carolina). South Florida has done a remarkable job making their football program into a legit contender. They got outplayed Thursday night by the Bearcats but it was exciting to be a part of.

DICK VITALE

Journal October 12, 2009

I had an incredible time being the guest speaker in Atlanta for Mercer University. It was their 30th anniversary of the Executive Speakers Series. I spoke at the luncheon and then toured the beautiful campus. I can't thank my host Bob Hoffman enough for his hospitality. I am also very appreciative of the kind words University President, William Underwood had to say about me during the event.

Mercer University is a part of the Atlantic Sun Conference and is proud to be the host of the 2010 conference championships in March. They are returning one of the leading scorers in the country, James Florence. They had big wins over Alabama and Auburn last season and they are really excited about the upcoming season.

DICK VITALE

Journal October 1-2, 2009

I had a great visit in Boston where I was the guest speaker for the National Hardwood Lumber Association. It was a terrific event and I had a super time mingling with all the people there for the conference. Everyone treated me and my wife first class and could not have been nicer. After giving my presentation on the "Game Plan for Life", I signed copies of my new book, Dick Vitale's Fabulous 50 Players and Moments. It was a great event and one I am proud to have been a part of.

While in Boston we went to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play the Indians. 

I am a true baseball fanatic, so whenever I get the opportunity, I love to go to the stadium and catch a game. Fenway Park is one of the best places to go see a game! The Red Sox have clinched the American League Wild Card - can't wait to see what happens in the playoffs! 

 

DICK VITALE

Quote of the Week

"One more week and then the U. S. Open tennis tournament gets under way. I can't wait to attend it."

  -Dick Vitale