Dick Vitale Sheds Tears As He Announces His Admittance Into The Hall Of Fame

Monday, April 07, 2008


After years of trying Dick Vitale has finally made it into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Every time I post on this there's a heated debate and there's nothing wrong with that, but I'm glad he has finally won out and made the Hall.

Vitale broke the news on Mike and Mike this morning and couldn't hold back the tears...



You can say a lot of things about Dick Vitale, but the one thing you can't is that he doesn't love the Sport he covers. Congratulations Dickie V, I personally believe you've earned it and the only thing left is to get Coach K to send you in (I kid, I kid). Let the debate and hate commence in the comments.

16 Comments:

I have to say, I even teared up when I watched this. Good for Vitale.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:08:00 AM  

I also got a little teary-eyed. If you can't just be happy the guy because he achieved a life-long dream, then I'm sorry for you.

elbear618 said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:15:00 AM  

I wasn't aware there was a Buffoon's Wing in the Hall of Fame.

Robert said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:57:00 AM  

Very well deserved. He is one of the primary reasons why college basketball has ballooned into the spectacle that it is today. You have to remember he's an entertainer and part of that is saying things to get the other side worked up. His passion for the game ought to be spread to certain (Brent) other people (Musberger) who lack it.

tiger said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:59:00 AM  

The College Basketball Hall of Fame was already known, the information they were discussing was that he was going to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame (NBA). The news wasn't official, Greeny hinted at it since it was known to those at ESPN and Dickie V obviously, he acknowledged it and the tears rolled. It was a great radio moment because you could honestly tell how much it meant to him and how proud he was of the honor.

Mez said...
Apr 7, 2008, 12:15:00 PM  

Jim Nantz to Vitale interviewing the inductees - "Dickie V. Is it awesome, baby?"

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 12:38:00 PM  

A few weeks ago SI ran a story about the sh*tty attitudes and hostile environments now prevalent in college basketball. IMHO, it can be traced back to Vitale's orgy of love for those Cameron Crazies. He went so far as to dress as a lion tamer and pretend to "whip" the crowd.

So yeah, he's had an impact on the game. Thanks a lot, Dick.

AppFan said...
Apr 7, 2008, 1:28:00 PM  

Well deserved, the guy is a fantastic ambassador for his sport.

GMoney said...
Apr 7, 2008, 1:34:00 PM  

Ambassador for the game? This guy ignores all the mid-major programs, consistently picks all four #1 seeds to get into the Final Four, and is completely xenophobic see: his commentary on Eurpoean players in the NBA draft.

He was a lot better when he was Dick Vitale ex-Pistons coach with one year, big glasses, and thicker eye brows. At some point since he changed for the worst and became a total blowhard for the major programs and coaches and overall, ESPN.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 3:12:00 PM  

Well, he didn't pick all 4 #1s this year, cuz I stole his final four and I was out of my pool early...

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 3:15:00 PM  

I love the game, too. Maybe I should be in the Hall of Fame.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 3:27:00 PM  

The guy is an absolute clown!!! It's a sad day when someone with no redeeming qualities gets into the Hall!!!

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 4:06:00 PM  

He's not worthy of being in the Hall of Fame. Not at all. Yea, he brings some excitement to the game unlike Billy Packer, but Vitale just screams everytime he talks. I thought Packer would be in before Vitale.

ifiok2567 said...
Apr 7, 2008, 4:23:00 PM  

To those who say he's not worthy of being in the hall, on what basis do you say that? It's hilarious to see these absolute haters come on, post something moronic, then say nothing in defense.

He's been the most vocal and visible supporter of college basketball for a long, long time now and is as responsible as anyone for the sport achieving the level of visibility it has. Anyone who denies that is an ignorant fool.

Congrats, Dickie V., it's well deserved and a long, long time coming.

Brian said...
Apr 7, 2008, 6:12:00 PM  

Brian, I couldn't have typed it any better myself. Congratulations, Dickie V.

SportsFanatic said...
Apr 7, 2008, 7:40:00 PM  

My only problem is this completely overshadows the coverage of the other inductees since it's ESPN promoting their own. John Clayton and Peter Gammons never got such treatment from the network and Gammons is revered in his field.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:53:00 PM  

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