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Get well soon, Dickie V

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 19, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

dvitale1.jpgIf you follow college basketball even a little, you’ve seen Dick Vitale on ESPN. He’s going to be off the air for a while after undergoing throat surgery in Boston.

In what now seems like another life, I covered college hoops for a paper in Connecticut and ran across Dickie V all the time. Unlike a lot of television guys, Dick is the same guy off the air as he is on. He loves what he is doing.

I think I was 23 when he stopped me before a game to ask a question about a UConn player. I gave him some info and when he mentioned my name on the air. I still remember my dad calling the next morning to tell me.

Dick is also a huge baseball fan who loves the Yankees and attends games often in Tampa.

Get well soon, Dickie V. The game needs you back.

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39 Responses to “Get well soon, Dickie V”

  1. Evil Empire December 19th, 2007 at 1:16 am

    go duke. kyle singler freshman of the year

  2. Evil Empire December 19th, 2007 at 1:20 am

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  3. J-Dawg December 19th, 2007 at 1:29 am

    Whether you enjoy his commentary or whether he gets on your nerves a bit, no one can deny the fact that Dickie V has an undying love for the game of basketball and for sports in general, and I can definitely appreciate that. He was scheduled to do the Georgetown-Memphis game on Saturday (Go Tigers!!!!!!!). To steal one of his many phrases, a quick recovery for Dickie V would be awesome with a capital A!

  4. E-ROC December 19th, 2007 at 1:29 am

    LOL, “Go Duke.” You were probably serious when you typed that.

    Dickie V is the best. I watch college basketball because of him. I hope he gets well soon.

  5. Evil Empire December 19th, 2007 at 1:33 am

    correct

  6. J-Dawg December 19th, 2007 at 1:42 am

    Dickie V is tentatively scheduled to be back in February. He was originally slated to be in Memphis on Saturday to watch my Tigers have their way with Georgetown. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Dickie V!!

    P.S. Derrick Rose is my pick for freshman of the year. And yes, I am a homer, and I am not afraid to admit that. Go Tigers!! :)

  7. NJ December 19th, 2007 at 1:48 am

    Go Gators baby. Back to back national championships.

  8. J-Dawg December 19th, 2007 at 1:50 am

    I apologize for the double post.

  9. Evil Empire December 19th, 2007 at 1:53 am

    hes a real ptper

  10. E-ROC December 19th, 2007 at 1:54 am

    I actually like Derrick Rose. He’s one of my favorite players to watch. I think he’ll be a special player in the NBA.

  11. Matt December 19th, 2007 at 1:59 am

    I don’t follow that sport a whole lot but I have heard him a few times and he seems like a real good guy, and hope to see him back on ESPN soon.

  12. mel December 19th, 2007 at 1:59 am

    Duke basketball is the best.

  13. mel December 19th, 2007 at 2:00 am

    Dickie V. is great. He has, umm, enthusiasm. :)

  14. E-ROC December 19th, 2007 at 2:06 am

    Stop the Duke lovefest. It’s sickening. :(

  15. E-ROC December 19th, 2007 at 2:08 am

    Is the NoMaas website down?

  16. LCâ„¢ December 19th, 2007 at 2:15 am

    aww i love Dickie :(

  17. mel December 19th, 2007 at 2:16 am

    The Elf Coach K’s brilliant!

    E-roc,

    Who’s your college team?

  18. Evil Empire December 19th, 2007 at 2:32 am

    the craaaaaaaaaazies are alive in durham nc baaaaaabyyyyyyy

  19. Karma December 19th, 2007 at 2:36 am

    NJ-

    Gators suuuuuuuuuuck!!

  20. Karma December 19th, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Gosh, you must be old to remember Tex Antoine.

  21. DMan December 19th, 2007 at 8:17 am

    I ran into Dickie V. a few years ago in New York. He was eating outside at a little resturant in Little Italy..

    He was waving and chatting to the people on the streets. Seems like a really nice guy, hope everything goes well.

    Also, go Purdue.

  22. DLev December 19th, 2007 at 8:25 am

    I wish it might have happened another way, but I’m thrilled I can finally turn the volume back on for college b-ball games.

  23. Juke Early December 19th, 2007 at 8:27 am

    I’m no fan of college sports, other than baseball. But I respect passion & Mr. Vitale has it, and heart to spare. I’m pleased to see your anecdote about him, that’s the kind of guy he seems like; it’s a double bonus the story connects with your dad.

    It’s a travesty his larger than life persona has seemingly kept Dick Vitale out of the Basketball HOF, or whatever they think they are. Best wishes and a life time supply of honey for his healing throat. . ..

  24. JL December 19th, 2007 at 8:50 am

    I love Dickie V. His enthusiasm always makes me smile. He is a huge Yankee fan and loves A-Rod. I wish him a speedy recovery.

  25. Jim Clark December 19th, 2007 at 8:56 am

    I turn the channel any time Dick V comes on but I wish him a 100% complete recovery.

  26. goirish772 December 19th, 2007 at 9:04 am

    I saw Dickie V at Notre Dame once when I was out there for a game. He was the coolest guy, shaking hands and being nice to everyone. He even posed for a pic with my buddys and I and had the biggest smile out of all of us. Ironically, he was with Jim Leland and no one gave a crap about him, and he was chain smoking the entire time. I said to him, “I know who you are.” He responded, “I’m glad someone does.”

  27. Mike December 19th, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Rock Chalk Baby. No a big fan of Dukie. I hope he recovers and then decides to retire. Jay Bilas should be the main basketball voice of ESPN.

  28. Yanksrule57 December 19th, 2007 at 10:34 am

    He has a shtick that is popular, gets people to watch, and even though he is in the tank for Coach K and Duke is never boring. In watching him I learned the “3 D’s” (Drive, Draw, Dish), Who each years “Diaper Dandies” were, and who were the PTP’ers (Prime Time Players).

    Get well soon Dickie V.

  29. The Monk December 19th, 2007 at 10:57 am

    As much as his schtick can be annoying, Dickie V is a really good guy. At our college newspaper we had his home phone # in our Sports Department rolodex and when I was a reporter there I called him more than once for comments on our basketball team (we had a coaching change during my tenure as sports editor). Each time I left a message, and each time he called me back.

    I always told people that Dickie V returns my phone calls.

    Get well soon.

  30. saucy December 19th, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Dickie V seems like a good guy.

    i never really followed 1 particular college basketball team. pretty much pick a new team each year once the tournament comes around.

  31. JoeT YANKEES December 19th, 2007 at 11:10 am

    but who is going to root for Duke?? How am I going to know how great they are??

    aww no Dicky V. until Feb :(

  32. Tucson Ken December 19th, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I remember when Dickie V. started out on ESPN& brought great passion & energy to college basketball & actually helped to popularize the game. While I wish him well in his current battle, he has become a redundant noise maker who truly detracts from the games he is broadcasting & is absolutely annoying to have to listen to. He talks incessantly about everything but the game in progress. Like other great announcers like Howard Cosell & Keith Jackson, who pretty much sucked at the end, his act has grown weary & he is no longer a welcome addition to any game he is supposed to be analyzing.

  33. joltin joe December 19th, 2007 at 11:52 am

    man, tell us how you really feel

  34. Yanks fan in Austin December 19th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Watching a game with Dickie V announcing is better than watching it without him. And he is a good guy. Met him when I was at Maryland and he was in town for a terps game. Super nice guy.

  35. Jake December 19th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Dick Vitale is the most annoying, jackass commentator/analyst I have ever come across.

    I would never wish throat surgery on a person, but if this helps minimize all the “Its Aweeeesome BABY” bull$hit then hallelujah.

  36. DP From TX December 19th, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Dick Vitale wrote an article in Readers Digest in 1994 about Jim Valvano. It was so motivating that I carry it around with me whenever I need a boost.

    Wishing a speedy recovery,

  37. deadrody December 19th, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Ken, you are 100% on target. He is absolutely atrocious. I wish him good health, and a long, LONG period for recuperation away from the game.

  38. Onkel Bob December 19th, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    And the Norwich Bulletin misses you Pete! Going from the horde to NY press scene must have been something else.
    I’m a Husky fan from way back, the Corny Thompson days. Oh when we were on the cusp, the breakout year of 1989, the dream season of 1990, the fulfillment in 1999…
    That said, Dickie V is passionate, and as such wears on some and instills adoration on others. You’re not the first writer I’ve read or heard say the man is genuine. Well, good for him, and hope he gets well.
    I dislike that tobacco stained university not because of their success on the basketball court but because I know too many alumni. One alumnus was our corporate counsel who is currently serving time for insider trading.

  39. yanksfan89 December 20th, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    get well soon dick. heres to a speedy recovery so you can return to do what you do best…announce baby!

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