Eye on College Basketball Podcast: A conversation with Dick Vitale
Gary Parrish is joined by Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Vitale. The two of them discuss Vitale's career, specifically how it started and why it almost ended, and much more.
Dick Vitale is a Hall of Fame broadcaster, an iconic college basketball figure, and one of the most kindhearted men I know. He's positive and passionate about everything. The work he's done in the name of cancer research might be his greatest achievement. And so I wanted to talk with him this week for a couple of reasons.
- Because he just celebrated his 35th anniversary of calling games.
- Because the Jimmy V Classic is Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
Generously, Dick agreed to spend some time on the podcast Thursday morning.
We discussed a number of things, among them:
- This weekend's Kentucky-North Carolina game that both of us will attend.
- The start of his broadcasting career.
- The reason he almost left broadcasting.
- The moment he realized he was more than just a color commentator.
- Being bullied as a child.
- Being cyber-bullied as an adult.
- The energy he puts into cancer research.
- What it's like to see a 10-minute video of colleagues praising and impersonating you.
Beyond all that, I asked Dick about the "Dukie V" nickname and whether that specific criticism drives him crazy. I also explained why I've never believed that criticism is fair, or, at least, why I've forever believed it's a byproduct of his job and outlook on life more than any actual "bias." The latest Eye on College Basketball podcast is below. Give it a listen. And please visit DickVitale.com to see a picture of a little boy named Eddie Livingston that we talked about at length. Then considering doing whatever you can to help.
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