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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: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2008 9:04 pm

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

If this award makes him decide to "go out on top" I'm all for it.  Whatever it takes to get him off the air, along with the other great ACC shill fudge Packer.

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2008 9:03 pm

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

Agree with the consensus, especially  about Ozzie.  He gets in on the first ballot, while Trammell struggles to stay on it -- absurd!

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2008 8:48 pm

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

The problem with Vitale is that he has become a caricature of himself. Years ago when he came to everyone's attention he was a breathe of fresh air and did a great job promoting NCAA basketball. But 20 years later it has gotten a bit stale. What Vitale has not done over the years is develop anything more than his basic shitck. Kind of like Billy Idol having the same hair cut at 50 that he did at 20.

Vitale's been great for a long time, but if you don't grow it becomes kind of sad.

Hall of Famer? Why not. Bill Walton is in and his achievements are more based on reputation then actual on-court accomplishments.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2008 8:48 pm

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

The baseball hall of fame is a joke. I will never spend a dime on it as long as Pete Rose is left out.  Gambling has nothing to do with his days as a player.

And I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

The same thing for the steroids contraversy. It is impossible to say who took what and when so I think that they should just test for it and try to keep it out of the sport and go on. Records are only relevant to the era that they happened in anyway. Alcohol is a much worse drug than steroids anyway. It is more detrimental to health, triggers more mood swings, and impairs judgment far worse than juice. Even on a per person basis.

I question how much roids help in baseball anyway. I could break the average baseball player in half and I can't hit a baseball to save my butt.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2008 8:35 pm

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

Isn't Greg cute when he feels left out? Just green with envy, aren't you?

Sorry Greg but your story is so filled with holes its clear why you will never make a hall of fame. But then, its difficult for sellouts like you to accomplish very much.

Check it out: Jack attends games, Dickie broadcasts them. No comparison and a clear demonstration of your incompetence.

BugsBunny has an Oscar as has been posted prevously. Do you know what the word research means? Do you ever practice it?

Just because you like to bite other men's necks, doesn't mean you know what you are talking about. Kinky

Who pried the rifle from Charlton's hands? Never happen Greggy. Remember when you make things up for your articles, its time to check out what you have on your resume. What's next? You had to  jump on Hillary to protect her from all that sniper fire?

But Im sure your advertisers remain happy with how you generate responses to your feeble story lines.

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2008 8:31 pm

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

There is a reason why the Baseball Hall of Fame has a special wing in Cooperstown dedicated to broadcasters. The Ford C. Frick award is given out each year and it allows one broadcaster to be inducted into the Broadcasters Hall which is located off of the main gallery. The Frick award is an awesome idea for baseball, a game that was built around the radio, and the names in the wing are legendary. (I am also happy because long time Red Sox announcer Joe Castiglione will be good candidate for it in about five or so years, as this year marks his 26th year in the Red Sox booth.) But no one, not even the best- the likes of Mel Allen, Vin Scully and Red Barber- have a bust in the gallery. But Dick Vitale, who gained fame from being obnoxious and pizza comericals, will get a bust in the actual gallery of the Basketball Hall of Fame. So that, in the same view, you could conceivably look and see a dedication to Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell and have to compare in your mind their basketball achievements with those of Vitale.
Vitale was the voice of only television games, and always as a color commentator. All of the other broadcasters in Cooperstown were the only medium through which fans knew their teams. Think about what it would be like: our culture, which is so used to television and replays and sportscenter, having to suddenly completely rely on one person (Mel Allen rarely had a "color commentator," and when he did have back-ups, they were voices such as Curt Gowdy, another Frick award winner) to completely describe everything that fans were going to get out of games. Imagine being in Boston in the fall of 1967, and you would not have to worry about walking to the corner store because through every open window you can here the cool voice of Ken Coleman calling Yastrzemski's "tremendous catch" or the Petrocelli's catch of the "bloop towards shortstop" when they won the pennant. It is something magnificent, and today's culture has no idea how to even imagine it. Or when, on the old Arms Forces Radio Network, Vin Scully would call the Dodgers games on the West Coast so that you could listen to the Sox during prime-time and the Dodgers would come on at 11:00pm (when all baseball games started at 8 instead of 7).
Oh, and lest we forget that Vitale's only time actually doing a true NBA related job, he barely went .300 as a coach for the Detroit Pistons.
And I know most people reading this will think that I am a jaded 55 year-old who is pissed at the technological world of modern day sports, I am actually a 19 year old college student who just loves the game done right. And trust me when I say, Dick Vitale is not the game done right and does not deserve to be among the best in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2008 7:27 pm

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

I can see both sides of the argument but in the final analysis, I can't say that I have EVER watched a basketball game because Vitale has been associated with it and I really don't care what Vitale has to say. He's one of those necessary annoyances that you have to "put up with". Nope, I watch the game to see the players bounce, pass, dribble, defend, and dunk that rock! And that's what makes the game exciting. Yes, Howard Cosell may have been the voice of boxing, and I liked his style too, but I doubt you'll find very many, if that, who watched a boxing match because he was covering or endorsed it.

Yes, college basketball has changed significantly over the last 25 years and it isn't because Vitale had much to do with it. The game itself has changed over the years and viewers like the product. You can have all of the voices and endorsements you like, but if the product isn't great, then no one will tune in to watch it. The HOF has given him too much credit. Moreover, all of those voices of sporting events are fine for the events they cover, and they deserve some credit but when all is said and done, baseball is baseball because of The Babe, J. Robinson and the like; golf because of Tiger, Nicklaus and Palmer; b'ball because of Jordan, Johnson, Bird, etc. and so on. Why put the "voices" on the same level as if they actually PARTICIPATED in the event and took all of the punishment and abuse?

I'm out

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2008 6:57 pm

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

Vitale in the Hall of Fame would be the greatest travesty in college basketball history.  There are many reasons why:

1. He is a babbling idiot.

2. He is totally biased towards the ACC.

3. He coined the terrible terms "PTPer" and "Diaper Dandy"

4. He has sunk to the low of being mocked in his own Hooters commercial.

Simply put, this guy may pump up "some" viewers and brings excitement to the set, but anyone loud and obnoxious should be able to consider themselves to have Hall of Fame credentials.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2008 6:48 pm

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

C'mon halo!  The baseball hall of fame is supposed to only allow the best players of all time in.  Ozzie Smith is not deserving of the hall!  You should have to be an exceptional player to be there.  I know there are plenty of guys in that were great offensively, but average defensively.  Ozzie was great defensivley and very below average offensively.  Wow, .262 career average, that's impressive! 

Ozzie being in the hall is as much of a joke as the last 5 or 6 times he started the All-Star game.  Someone named Barry Larkin was 10 times the player at that time.  Now that's a Hall of Fame SS!!!!!!

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2008 6:31 pm

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

The thing is, Dick Vitale is getting in not for what he does (did), but

for WHO HE IS.

There are no SERIOUS professional level H of Fames that admit people for


Sure, he has enveloped the colleges with the sport of basketball.

Sure the girls and perhaps some guys treat him like some icon.

But, that is because of WHO HE IS and not because of anything serious he has

done to be assessed on. Sure, one could say, he was 78-30 as coach of Detroit in NCAA ball.

He was 28-50, or something, as Coach of the Pistons.

He won two high school championships in 7 years in New Jersey.

Hey, the guy knows how to motivate. Never doubted or questioned that.

But that is more about WHO HE IS than WHAT HE HAS done to make him a Hall of Famer.

While I can't stand Bob Knight I have to agree with the comment, seen in several postings,

that in 2 weeks Bob Knight analyses College Basketball a thousand times better than

Dickie V. Hey, baby, have to call it like you see it.

You could look it up.

(Except now that DIckie V Bay beeeeeeeeeeeeeeee is included, one will question the record book accuracy

after doing so.)

Further proof of the watchword that made PT Barnum and his circus.........famous. Too bad Dickie Bay.....beeeeeeee

can't go to the circus and work there...trouble is, the elephants well get tired of listening to him

and will close their ears, which will lead to him being tossed to the lions.

"Nobody went broke underestimating the taste of the American public"

  ......Circa 1902.

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