Tag:Dick Vitale
Posted on: December 2, 2008 7:27 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2008 7:45 pm

Dick Vitale: That was impressive

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The most amazing thing just happened.

ESPN's Dick Vitale just walked into the press room before the Duke-Purdue game at Mackey Arena and loudly, cheerfully, made his way around the room, introducing himself to various writers. Maybe you remember my column on Vitale from March 2007, when I said he would get into the Hall of Fame "over my dead body." Well, he made it. And I'm still alive. Anyway ...

When he got around to meeting me in the press room, here's how it went down:

Him, hand extended: "Dick Vitale!"

Me, shaking his hand: "Gregg Doyel."

Him, putting his hands around my neck, jokingly: "You ripped me!"

Me, still being mock-choked: "I did."

Him: "Well, you weren't the first and you won't be the last."

Me: "No, but I was the best."

Him: "Maybe so, but ..."

And then he sat down and talked to me for 10 minutes. It was cordial, it was nice, it was a flabbergasting moment. One of the more impressive things I've ever seen.

I stand by my original column, by the way. But dadgum, Dick Vitale just impressed me.


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Posted on: April 7, 2008 4:27 pm

Vitale, in the HoF?!? There goes the neighborhood

Dick Vitale is in the Basketball Hall of Fame, which I suppose means I'm about to kick the bucket. Because at this time last year I wrote something along the lines of, "Dick Vitale will make the Hall of Fame over my dead body."

Well, shoot. If someone can pry that rifle from Charleton Heston's dead cold hands, I guess someone can pry Vitale's neck from my teeth and let him into the Hall. But I don't get it. I understand he's famous. I understand he's popular. I understand he loves basketball. The same can be said for Jack Nicholson. Is he going into the Basketball Hall of Fame next?

Nicholson has his own Hall of Fame. It's called the Academy Awards. But if I'm Nicholson, I'm looking at Vitale's entry into the same shrine that houses Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird, and I'm wondering what's next:

An Oscar for Bugs Bunny?




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