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September 2009

Journal September 18-19, 2009

From Cincinnati my wife and I flew to South Bend, IN for the Notre Dame/Michigan State game. My daughter, Terri, my son-in-law, Chris Sforzo, and my two grandchildren, Sydney and Ryan, joined us for the weekend. 

It is always so special walking the campus and taking part in all the wonderful football weekend traditions. I ran into actor, Vince Vaughn, on campus. He is a huge Notre Dame fan and a big college hoops fan too! I also got to see my buddy and colleague, Digger Phelps, who lives in South Bend. 

The game on Saturday was full of drama, as Michigan State had a chance to tie or win the game in the last minute but their quarterback threw an interception. It was a terrific two days! 

DICK VITALE

Journal September 17, 2009

In Cincinnati I was the guest of Procter and Gamble for a marketing/promotion day. Also part of the seminar was Chris Mack, the head basketball coach of Xavier. The event was held at Cintas Arena, Xavier's new gorgeous facility. 

It was a great time signing pictures and autographs for all of the attendees. 

The host of the event was DSC Consulting. Tony Manzo of DSC Consulting did a fantastic job organizing the event. Assisting me throughout the day was Vice President of North America Baby Care, Jodi Allen, and Carlos DeJesus, Director of North America Baby and Toddler Care. It was a phenomenal time and I really enjoying meeting everyone with Procter and Gamble. 

DICK VITALE

Journal September 16, 2009

We had a great time as the guests of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. My wife and I had the chance to spend time with the Reds' owner, Bob Castellini, and General Manager, Walt Jocketty. It was great to sit down and shoot the breeze about baseball with them, a game I love so much. The Reds played the Houston Astros during our visit to Great American Ball Park. 

We also got to be part of Hal McCoy night at the stadium. Hal is a Hall of Fame writer who has covered the Reds for 37 years. He is a terrific man and I was so glad to share in his special night at the ballpark. 

DICK VITALE

Journal September 14, 2009

Oh, it was loads of fun doing a Sunkist Soda photo promotion. I had a terrific time recording many messages for the Sunkist promotion involving the Dickie V Sound-A-Like Contest. The winner of the contest will receive $10,000. It will be an online promotion that will be announced shortly. 

It was a pleasure working with Hollie Frederick, Katherine Breuer, and Brittany Tall, the three executives from Sunkist that joined me during the shoot. I am so proud and excited to be a part of the Sunkist team for this fun, fun. fun promotion. 

DICK VITALE

Journal September 4-5, 2009

I always look forward to the start of the college football season. Every fall my family and I take the trip to the University of Notre Dame to take in two or three of their home games. Both of my daughters attended the university as well as both of my sons-in-law. The school is a very special place for our family and we always enjoy spending the weekend in South Bend during the football season. 

Walking the campus on Friday, attending the football luncheon, going to the pep rally, and tailgating are all part of our weekend tradition. 

This year the Irish opened their season against Nevada. Jimmy Clausen and the Irish were dominant in their shutout over Nevada. Hopefully they can keep that form throughout the season.

 

DICK VITALE

Quote of the Week

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

  -Dick Vitale