Dick Vitale is a Hall of Fame broadcaster, an iconic college basketball figure, and one of the most kindhearted men I know. He's positive and passionate about everything. The work he's done in the name of cancer research might be his greatest achievement. And so I wanted to talk with him this week for a couple of reasons.
- Because he just celebrated his 35th anniversary of calling games.
- Because the Jimmy V Classic is Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
Generously, Dick agreed to spend some time on the podcast Thursday morning.
We discussed a number of things, among them:
- This weekend's Kentucky-North Carolina game that both of us will attend.
- The start of his broadcasting career.
- The reason he almost left broadcasting.
- The moment he realized he was more than just a color commentator.
- Being bullied as a child.
- Being cyber-bullied as an adult.
- The energy he puts into cancer research.
- What it's like to see a 10-minute video of colleagues praising and impersonating you.
Beyond all that, I asked Dick about the "Dukie V" nickname and whether that specific criticism drives him crazy. I also explained why I've never believed that criticism is fair, or, at least, why I've forever believed it's a byproduct of his job and outlook on life more than any actual "bias." The latest Eye on College Basketball podcast is below. Give it a listen. And please visit DickVitale.com to see a picture of a little boy named Eddie Livingston that we talked about at length. Then considering doing whatever you can to help.
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