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

Posted on: April 7, 2008 4:27 pm
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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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Category: NCAAB
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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 5:16 pm
 

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

You guys have lost your mind if you think Dickie V DOESN'T belong in the Hall. He's one of the main reasons college BBall is as popular as it is. He has PERSONALITY! We may not always agree with him, but he definatley has an opinion....and he's right more often than not. I read where someone said that they could spout useless basketball info for 25 years, too. Well, you didn't , you wont, and even if you could, nobody would care. Part of what makes Vitale worthy of the hall is that he's polarizing. He makes you have an opinion, too, whether you agree with HIM or not. Then, you pay attention, to see if he was right. That's called helping the game grow.......kinda like a Bill Veeck in baseball. YOU may not like him.....but he makes you care more about the sport of basketball.....whether you like it or not.

Oh, and don't worry, Doyel, you'll never need to share space with him......... 'cause the only way you're getting in is by visiting.




Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2008 4:31 pm
 

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

This is going to be the loudest acceptance speech ever. I cannot stand hearing him talk and what has he done in the last few years besides talk really loud for no reason? They would elect anyone into the Basketball Hall of Fame. It's such a joke.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2008 3:21 pm
 

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

Thats an example of the media having to much influence on sports.  I'm sure they could have found someone more qualified than him.  ABSURD!!!!



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2008 3:20 pm
 

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

I love the ACC, but hate listening to Dickie V.  I've heard a few people say that they mute their tv's, I thought I was the only one tired of his act.

 




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 2:53 pm
 

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

Anyone else think Doyel's opinion would be different if Dick Vitale worked for CBS?




Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2008 2:16 pm
 

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

Cossell was at least listenable. Vitale just makes me cringe when I hear his voice. He doesn't belong in the HOF. He isn't a very big part of college hoops unless you consider the ACC college hoops. College basketball is bigger than the ACC.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 2:03 pm
 

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

As harsh as it is to ask, am I the only one that hoped Dickey V's throat surgery would effectively end his career?  I'll give you the fact that he has done quite a bit to popularize college basketball.  It's hard to argue against that.  But, much like the James Brown Show, his act hasn't changed in 25 years.  I put him up there with Chris Berman as far as that goes.  Haven't we all heard enough of his (and Berman's) catch phrases??  Get some new material or retire!!



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 1:53 pm
 

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

Yes Dicky V can be a little over the top with his PTP'er and Diaper dandies' but the guy is getting in the hall for more than his lack-luster coaching record and a few catch phrases.  He has been the face of college basketball for the last 20 years or so.  He also has done alot of camps in the inner cities where he has worked with the youth in motivational ways and he is a genuine person who I had the pleasure of meeting about 15 years ago. 

On the other hand we have Greg Doyel, a hack that for some reason continues to "dribble" crap all over the screen of my computer.  Greg I think it is completly inexcusable to use the Charlton Heston reference in the article (pry the gun from my cold dead hands) the week the guy passed.   

Plain and simple your an idiot that has to go Greggy.

  




Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2008 1:08 pm
 

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

Dick Vitale is to college basketball what Howard Cossell or Burt Sugar is to boxing. He is the resident expert.

 

 

Dude I can spout basketball cliche's out my rear end for 25 years too. Dick's a clown




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 12:59 pm
 

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

Very well said!!!  Dick Vitale IS college basketball.  He is John Madden, Howard Cosell and the energizer bunny wrapped into one enthusiastic, ultra knowledgable being.  Dick Vitale is entertaining and compelling to listen to.  He gives us his all every time out, and usually pays the price for it with laryngitis.  To me that is the pure definitition of a Hall of Famer.  Someone who is good at what they do, knows their game inside and out and is willing to go the extra effort for the benefit of their sport.   Don't blame Dick because someone along the line decided to enshrine the media, coaches and team executives.  Precident was set long ago and if sportscasters have a place in the Hall of Fame, then I can't think of anyone more deserving than Dick Vitale! 



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