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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?




Category: NCAAB
Tags: Dick Vitale

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2008 2:40 am

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

If being a self-aggrandizing, racist, sexist, mindless creep gets you in the hall of lame, then these jerk sportswriters should get all of their other friends in there too. I could fill this box with the names of people who actually played a "good" game of college basketball for four or five years and never had even a sniff from the hall of buddies. I just can't believe vitale hasn't talked his phony colleagues into sending the whole valvano family, the massimino family and all good Italians (that is what a paisan is, isn't it) who are flooding the rosters of college basketball and the NBA ) to the hall of lame. What in the name of great 2008 NCAA Champions from Hansbrough, to Love, to Calapari, to Boeheim, to Jay Wright is going on!

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 2:17 am

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

Somehow if Doyle worked for, I think we'd be hearing a different tune.

I wouldn't choose Vitale's style for an analyst night in and night out but the guy has earned his place in the Hall of Fame, Doyle.

He does a lot for the game, a lot for the Jimmy V. Foundation and he was a pretty successful coach before his broadcast days - many people forget that. It's hard to think of college basketball without thinking of Dick Vitale. That seems like the definition of fame to me.

When I think of Billy Packer, I can count on at least one poorly-crafted comment that distracts from the game each year. You sense no joy or love of the game in his broadcasts and there's no thoughtful insight there. He's a bafoon and his broadcasts are bad. At least with Vitale, you take in a little pleasure and enthusiasm from the broadcast.

And hey, not that Charlton Heston was my grandaddy or anything, but playing his death for a laugh was a really nice touch. You're one wacky, edgy cat, Doyle. Be sure to step up to write the script for "Billy Packer: The Movie," because you guys share the same amount of tact.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2008 1:57 am

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

Personally I think its about time that he got elected into the HOF.  What I hear here are a bunch of Basketball fans winning abut how annoying he is but if you listent o basketabll people (coaches and announcers) they are behind Dickie V.  Many of them say he has been great for the sport of basketball.  Is he imitated and mocked and recognized for a certain style?  He cartainly is but when somebody does a howard Cossell imitation people still know who it is and what he meant to sports the same will be said of Vitale long after he is gone.  So he openly cheers for the ACC big deal last time I looked they had quite a few championships and final four apperances over the last 20 years.  Oh and if you look back over like the last 25 years I think there are only 2 or 3 times that a NBA championship team doesnt have an ACC player on thier roster that contributed in a major way.  Love or hate they ACC you cant deny that they put alot of players in the pros.  In fact since 1979 they have placed 25 teams in the finall four.  They have also placed 8 champions in that same time and had a ACC reprasentative in the championship a total of 14 times (this includes astretch where 5 straigth championships had an ACC team.  So if he is basiaed to the ACC maybe there is a reason.  I personally say congragualtions DIckie V its been a well eraned election.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2008 1:42 am

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

I just believe that there is no room for bias in journalism. Dicky V's infatuation with the ACC, UNC, and Duke is pathetic. He is already outclassed by Jay Bilas. He represents the best in broadcast, a Dukie representing for the big 12. ROCK CHALK

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2008 1:35 am

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

Excellent comment.  Most of the people touting him would be hard-pressed to name one contribution he has made to the game of basketball.  And since he was elected as a contributor, there should be several that should spring readily to mind, or at least one major one.  He is quite possibly the worst contributor elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, right up there with Chuck Taylor, and a strong contender for the worst person in any sports hall of fame, along with Morgan Bulkeley of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2008 1:01 am

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

I would love to see a poll where everyone in the nation could vote on whether they think Dick is a good color guy or they think he's an annoying voice that just won't go away.  I think the results would be mostly split, yet might be closer to "annoying" than "good."  I absolutely can't stand the way he calls games.  Someone made a great point about how he was refreshing at first (over 2 decades ago) but there is no depth to his analysis and no content to his catch phrases.  Most everything he says now is just noise.  Same for Billy Packer.  Someone else made a good point about the broadcasters for baseball having their own wing and not actually being in the "HOF" proper.  This is a disgrace to anyone that sees basketball as more than one giant "hypefest."  I'm totally disappointed baby, yeah!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2008 12:21 am

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

No bias here with CBS (vs. ESPN) writers...nope, none at all. 

Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2008 12:16 am

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

I don't think people would have a problem w' Dickie V..if he like Billy"Fudge" Packer would stop promoting the ACC...he has his head so far Coach "K"  and Roy Williams azzes he can't see the sun...

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2008 12:10 am

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

What's next ... Doyel in the journalism Hall of Fame?

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2008 9:20 pm

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

Couldn't agree more on Fudge...unfortunately, it seems every bozo on the air is either from the ACC or shills for it as well as he does.

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