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

Posted on: April 7, 2008 4:27 pm

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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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2008 8:49 pm
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Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2008 12:11 pm

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


I have to agree with you on this. What in the world has Dickie V. done to deserve the HOF? I guess the question should be what are the qualifications for HOF? I like the earlier comment too about baseball. They have a special wing for it's broadcasters/writers. They aren't looked as HOFers in the same way as players. To lump Dickie V or any broadcaster into the same talent as Bill Russell, etc is crazy.

In the same vein, does John Madden deserve to be in the HOF as a broadcaster or coach?

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2008 3:31 am

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

An Oscar for Bugs Bunny?

A lifetime achievement award at least...

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2008 7:06 pm

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

Dick Vitale wasn't the best coach in the entire World, but he has done some good things for college basketball. Vitale has been able to get away with picking 12 teams for his Final Four every single year, "I like Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA, Memphis, and Texas baby." He also has a habit of being all over the jock of a good college player that will never be a good NBA player. When these players get to the next level, we wonder what happened?

He also always has three teams that "got a raw deal" by getting left out of the NCAA Tournament. Seemingly, it's always Syracuse. I don't know how he can defend a 12 or 13 loss team year in and year out.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2008 10:18 am
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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2008 2:00 am

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

I would personnally take Wilt, Moses, or Shaq, over Walton. Kobe would also probably be ahead of Walton if you were listing top players of all-time. Heck, to tell you the truth, I'd put Walton around 30-40 on the all-time list, at best. I saw him play, and he was decent. BUT, longevity and durability do count for something.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2008 8:27 pm

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

For the uninitiated, Dick Vitale was a fiery college basketball coach for a Top 20 team, University of Detroit.  He was a top caliber recruiter with charisma.  He was rewarded for an outstanding run at Detroit with a "promotion" to head coach of the Pistons.  His college approach to the pro ranks didn't work out as well and eventually led to a heart attack.  However, it was good for the team and the fans that he was brought in. He was terrific those days.  So, for the older bunch, that remember, he was pretty cool.  Then he had another career as journalist/broadcaster that went alrite, too.  In other words, he belongs in the Hall.  It's just a surprise to me that he was elected now.  Maybe his recent illness was deemed serious enough to provide an extra push.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2008 6:36 pm

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

How disgusting that Vitale is recognized with what should be considered an honor. Another example of those who make the most noise get recognized, while those with talent, knowledge, and respect are often forgotten.

At least the bust of Vitale won't be able to speak. I usually just mute the sound if it is a Vitale or Packer called game that I want to watch or in recent years just change the channel to watch another game on a different network. Thank goodness for cable, satellite, and sports bars.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 6:34 pm

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

hey, buddy, I don't call you an idiot even though you make idiotic remarks.

Anyone who is truly the "voice of college basketball" would not be

pre-empted, in knowledge, and insight, within a month by a guy who has

NEVER BEEN AN Bobby Knight.

Dick Vitale may have been great when he started, but his litany of overstated

analysis truncated into small phrases of rah rah rah makes him

the voice of college basketball??


PS At least if you are going to slam others as idiots, make a passable attempt at analysis explaining why

you think like you do. is not thinking...rather reacting.

NOT the same as thinking..

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 6:20 pm

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

Anyone who thinks Bill Walton is in because of who he is rather than what he did clearly never saw him play th egame.

He was, without a doubt, one of the BEST 3 college centers OF ALL TIME.

He made 21 of 22 against Memhis State in 1973 (or was it 4??). And there was nary a dunk among them.

He , later, led Portland to the NBA title and was named league MVP.

Unfortuntely. admitedly, his career took a real dive soon after.

But, it was due to injury. Does that obviate him from H of F selection?

Not in my opinions. But I saw him play. I know how great he was as a PLAYER.

He is an obnoxious, full of himself announcer who knows it all The most unedifying thing

I can think of, when assessing an announcer, is to say he is one who pontificates from a know

it all stance. Bill Walton does that. He will not ever get in as an announcer.

But as a player? He is more than deserving.

If one were to select two teams of 5 for an All-Time scrimmage the following would UNDOUBTEDLY be on it.

F-Elgin Baylor F- Larry Bird

F- Julius Erving F- Karl Malone


C- Bill Russell C=Bill Walton

G-Jerry West G- Magic

G-Oscar Robinson G- Jordan

Bench players: Wilt, Kareem, Pistol Pete.

Ok, I am wrong about one thing. Kareem would start instead of Walton. But Walton would be on the bench.

Not of the top 13 players of all time.

Hall of Fame? I would think so, how about you?

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