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Vitale belongs in the Hall of Fame

Posted on: September 5, 2008 2:02 pm

Dick Vitale will be inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight.'

And I'm OK with it.

Yeah, I know the guy rubs some people the wrong way with his over-the-top delivery and antics, and I understand why. But there is no denying the television analyst is a relevant figure in college basketball and more prominent than 98 percent of the coaches he trumpets, and if those aren't solid qualifications for enshrinement I'm not sure what is.

Winning lots of games?


Lots of people win lots of games.

Then they retire.

Then somebody replaces them.

Then that somebody wins lots of games, too.

And for the most part it doesn't really matter.

In fact, I bet you can't name 10 of the 20 winningest coaches in history.

You don't even know their names.

But you know Dick Vitale.

You quote him.

You laugh at him.

You might even make fun of him.

But the point is that you are aware of his existence and have been excited when he visits your campus, and he has always played the role of ambassador pretty well. Vitale promotes the sport like few others, and it's a big deal when he attends games. Kids get excited, throw bald wigs on their heads, wave their arms and yell. It's all silly, of course. But it matters and it's fun and it has kept millions entertained over the decades, even if it's now become cliché on some level.

Do I agree with Vitale's thoughts on college basketball?

Not usually.

Do I think he's the best analyst in history?


But I do recognize his contributions to the sport, how his glass-is-half-full approach to everything has helped bring smiles to peoples' faces for years and made otherwise normal games must-attend events. And that approach to life that many roll their eyes at is something I envy, I should tell you. I mean, Vitale seems to genuinely enjoy every day on this planet, and wouldn't we all be better off if we adopted that philosophy?

To be clear, I don't tell you those things to make Vitale's case for the Hall of Fame.

Loving life and making people smile aren't qualifications, per se.

But what I think those things help show is that his "act" isn't really an act at all. Sure, he knows how to drop in an "Awesome, Baby!" and "Diaper Dandy!" at the appropriate times, to the point where you can almost predict their arrivals. But the pure joy you see on television is genuine, best I can tell. And that's why I don't mind Vitale being honored in this way, because anybody who loves something as much as he loves it and has contributed as much as he's contributed can stack honors one after another, far as I'm concerned.

Bottom line, I'm happy for the guy.

I think you should be too.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 1:37 pm

Apcture I once saw!

Kentucky Girls Love DICK !

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 12:20 pm

Vitale belongs in the Hall of Fame

dont care about dick, hate the games he works and rather tone him out and put on some music

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2008 9:21 am

Silence is golden

I couldn't tell you whether he belongs in any hall of fame or not.

I always mute the sound when he comes on TV.

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2008 8:53 am

Vitale belongs in the Hall of Fame

i REALLY, REALLY love the game too...put me in the hof if that's the criteria we're using to judge worthiness

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2008 8:49 am

Vitale belongs in the Hall of Fame like my dog...

belongs in church.

His inclusion cheapens the honor for all the inductees who truly impacted the game in a profound way...when is espn going to cut that senile ass loose?  after they're named in a libel suit for giving him a platform for his nonsensical, loudmouthed ramblings?


the next time he shares a knowledgable, insightful thought on a game will also be the first...

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2008 9:15 pm

Vitale belongs in the Hall of Fame

There is no way that a clown like Vitale should even be allowed in the HOF, much less a member of it. Putting him in cheapens the honor for the other inductees.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2008 1:36 pm

Vitale belongs in the Hall of Fame

Katman2000 has hit this nail directly on the head.  Dick Vitale is a circus sideshow, and nothing more, and his bias toward Duke, and the ACC is completely inconsistent with any qualification for recognition as a HOF analyst.

Dick Vitale needs to simply ride off into the sunset, and he should never attempt to attend another game at Rupp Arena.

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2008 12:43 pm

Vitale DOES NOT belongs in the Hall of Fame

Let me preface this by saying I am a UK fan. I love the University of Kentucky,  but Vitale ruins games for me. His squaking mindlessly and flailing his hands around like a lunatic is distracting as hell. No wonder he only has one eye as he probably poked one out flapping his piehole about Duke.

Vitale got me very angry when he started poking into UKs case when the fans questioned Count Suckula "Tubby Smith" Tubby has the perception as a solid coach but UK lost its national aura under Smith. Uk fans wanted change and many were very vocal about it. Then Vitale started calling out UK fans as whackos and nutjobs because we were demanding change. Then Vitale was openly telling recruits to NOT go to UK . UK needed change and now that we have change the rebuilding is starting. Vitale openly fought the change at UK. So rebuilding is neded for the nations WINNINGEST program but how can that be? Why was REBUILDING needed? You already know...Count Suckula drug us down and crapped on our national aura. Just watch UK in the next few years.

Tubby Smith was bought out behind the scenes and you can bet your rear end that if Dukes coach K or any other high profile coach retired.....Vitale would not holler for Tubby Smith to come to Duke, yet he was good enough for UK. Thats crap...Vitale is crap and I turn off the sound of any game that cyclops does. He makes me sick.


Vitale then goes on and is critical of Gillispie for recruiting a 15 year old (Who contacted UK, by the way) saying it was bad for college basketball, THEN he praised Donovan of UF for recruiting a talented 15 year old. His bias stinks like a skunk. If he comes to Rupp Arena he will be boooood openly.

Vitale in the HOF? What an effin JOKE!


Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2008 9:54 am

Vitale belongs in the Hall of Fame

Dick Vitale is a national treasure. Odd? Yes. Misguided? Yes (especially with regard to Duke), but he is hands down the greatest promoter of College Basketball who ever lived. God Bless Dick Vitale.

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2008 4:09 am

Vitale belongs in the Hall of Fame

Real easy one here. Vitale deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as much as Steven A. Smith. If you're not positively offended by loud mouth, clowns who make a buck by kissing tail and holding on to the apron strings of people who've actually played ball, then take these to pukes into the Hall of Fame, but you have to take 'em both or neither.

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