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Let me blog from the get-go on this morning that I bow to no person in my admiration of and for Dick Vitale, who is as nice a fellow as you'd ever hope to meet. He's just a good egg, an Everyman who seems to be a terrific family guy, an approachable celebrity and a magnificent ambassador for the game of basketball, which -- given the parade of imperial-minded coaches and the vast herds of arrogant players and their posses grazing the land -- has sorely needed Vitale through the years. I submit this opinion on this day because last week Vitale was among 16 nominees identified for induction into the Hall of Fame, a place that should belong solely to the Russells and Chamberlains, the Birds and Magics, the Robertsons and Wests.
March 12, Wow, all of the speculation is over, and the field of 65 is set. I think Craig Littlepage and his committee, all in all, did a good job. I do think that Cincinnati was snubbed, and I have one simple question: Are the Bearcats one of the best 34 at-large teams, going.
A former head coach in the college and professional ranks, he is well known as a college basketball broadcaster for ESPN. He is known for catchphrases such as "this is awesome baby" and "diaper dandy" outstanding freshman playeras well as enthusiastic and colorful remarks he makes during games, and has authored nine books and appeared in several movies. His father, John, was a piece work clothing press operator and had a second job as a security guard.
For four years in the late '80s, I played basketball for Emerson College in Boston--and let me tell you, the fightin' thespians would take on anyone: the pill pushers of Mass College of Pharmacy, the temperamental painters and sculptors at Mass College of Art, even the sailors at the Maritime Academy. However, when the office pool starts floating around, you don't want to be the spoiler. The pool isn't just about money.
Hawaii Pacific and two-year California junior college American River; oh, and winning one stupid, office pool in 30 years -- I'm really just like you:. A novice. A rookie.
He is a cult figure, showman, power broker, author, columnist. Players, coaches, fans and media respect his wisdom and influence; some mimic his "V-Speak," his self-styled vocabulary; others cringe at his shtick. Vitale and ESPN have ridden each other's coattails since the all-sports cable network's launch in
Purportedly born in a Staten Island saloon, with a scandalous twist that involved possible prison time and a deathbed plea, the brackets quickly became legal-sized launch points for March Madness itself. Sometimes I nail it. More often, it looks like a ransom note.
Ever since ESPN personality Dick Vitale began his broadcasting career inthe college basketball world has been treated to an inventive vocabulary that spices up each and every season. Perhaps the best of Dickie V's terminology is "Diaper Dandy," used to reference the outstanding freshmen that captivate college basketball fans in their very first seasons playing at the NCAA level. The Diaper Dandy crop has become increasingly abundant in recent years after the NBA 's collective bargaining agreement imposed the stipulation that, starting with the draft, all players must be at least one year removed from high school.