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Encyclopedia > Dick Vitale

Richard J. "Dick" Vitale (June 9, 1939, in Passaic, New Jersey) is a basketball broadcaster. A former head coach in the college and professional ranks, he is well-known for his spirited style on ESPN and its family of cable television channels. is the 160th day of the year (161st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... “Passaic” redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the sport. ... Note: broadcasting is also the old term for hand sowing. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Cable TV redirects here. ...

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Coaching

High school coaching

After his graduation from Seton Hall, he planned on being a teacher. Vitale took his first job as a coach at an elementary school in Garfield, New Jersey in 1963. Eventually, he moved up to the high school level to become head coach at Garfield High School for one season, and at East Rutherford High School (his alma mater) for seven, where his teams won two state championships. “Seton Hall” redirects here. ... Map highlighting Garfields location within Bergen County. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Garfield High School is located in Garfield, New Jersey. ... Map highlighting East Rutherfords location within Bergen County. ... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ...


College coaching

In 1970 Vitale moved to Rutgers University, as an assistant coach under head coach Raymond Jones. After two season he was hired by the U. of Detroit to become its head coach in 1972. Vitale took Detroit to the 32-team NCAA tournament in 1977. Vitale had a 78-30 record during his tenure at Detroit, which included a 21-game winning streak during the 1977 season. During that streak, the Titans defeated Marquette, who would go on to win the 1977 NCAA title, on the road in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following the 1977 season, his fifth as Detroit head coach, Vitale was named the university's athletic director. “Rutgers” redirects here. ... University of Detroit Mercy is the largest and most comprehensive Catholic University in Michigan. ... The 1977 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the National Champion of Mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... See also: 1976 in sports, other events of 1977, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... Marquette University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... blah blah Modern athletic directors are often in a coaching misconduct being proven, often the athletic director will be terminated along with the offending coach. ...


NBA coaching

Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons of the NBA for the 1978-79 season, leading them to a 30-52 (.366) record. Vitale was fired from the Pistons in 1979, twelve games into 1979-80 season, after the Pistons started 4-8. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... NBA redirects here. ...


Broadcasting

Following his departure as coach of the Detroit Pistons Vitale joined the then fledgling ESPN cable network, originally until another coaching job became available. He called ESPN's first college basketball game on December 5, 1979. Vitale has called close to a thousand games. Vitale, a color commentator, is often paired with play-by-play announcers Brad Nessler, Dan Shulman, or Mike Patrick for ESPN college basketball games, primarily those in the ACC. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... Brad Nessler, as part of an NBA on ABC sports broadcast (c. ... Dan Shulman (born 1967 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian-born sportscaster with ESPN, serving as the networks voice for baseball games on television and radio. ... Mike Patrick is an American sportscaster. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...


Vitale is often criticized for being a "homer" for Duke, especially for Coach Mike Krzyzewski, as well as most teams in the ACC. He is also known for mentioning Duke frequently during broadcasts, even when Duke is not playing. Temple head coach John Chaney once said "You can't get Dick Vitale to say 15 words without Duke coming out of his mouth".[1] He is also called "Duke Vitale" or "Dookie V", a take-off on his "Dickie V" nickname, by detractors for the same reason. Although his bias towards Duke is widely speculated by many, he is also believed to favor the entire ACC in general, including Duke's rival, North Carolina. Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. ... Michael William Krzyzewski (; in American English transliteration shuh-shef-skee; born February 13, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois), often referred to as Coach K due to the difficult pronunciation of his surname, is the head coach of the Duke University mens basketball team. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... For the private Christian university in Tennessee, see Tennessee Temple University. ... This article is about the basketball coach. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ...


In November 2006, Vitale signed a contract extension through the 2012-13 college basketball year. The 2008-09 season will be his 30th with the ESPN network. Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


Vitale was recruited to do color in the first 2 rounds of the NCAA tournament by CBS, but ESPN would not allow it. However, ESPN's in-studio analyst Jay Bilas was allowed to provide color for CBS's tournament coverage, teaming with play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg. This article is about the broadcast network. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Richard Alan Dick Enberg (born January 9, 1935 in Mount Clemens, Michigan) is an American sportscaster. ...


Vitale votes on the AP Top 25 men's basketball polls, and the annual Naismith Award and John Wooden Award. The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The Naismith College Player of the Year award, named for basketball inventor James Naismith, is given annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to college basketballs top male and female player. ... The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to outstanding mens and womens college basketball players. ...


Vitale was announced as one of the 15 finalists to be inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame in the 2006-07 season.


Catchphrases

Vitale is well known for covering the biggest games with his rare form of energy, coining terms like "Diaper Dandy" (an outstanding freshman), a "PTPer" (a prime time performer), "Maalox Masher" (the end of a close game), "Trifecta" (a three point basket), "slap a lapper", "super scintillating sensational!" (exciting play), and "dipsy-doo dunkeroo slam-jam-bam, baby!" (an exciting slam dunk). Also, from time to time he would refer to a player making almost all his shots by saying "call the fire chief cause he's on fire!". Perhaps his best known affectation is to end his sentence with "baby!" He frequently says, "It's awesome, baby!" adding "with a capital A!" for emphasis. Another phrase he uses is "Freeze it!" during an instant replay, when he wants to spotlight a certain play. Vitale's signature style is composed of his catchphrases, voice, and his accent. Maalox is a brand name antacid containing Aluminium hydroxide and Magnesium hydroxide to neutralize or reduce stomach acid. ... This article is about the term, slam dunk. For other uses, see Slam dunk (disambiguation). ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

See also: List of sports clichés

This is a list of clichés related to sports // According to Dr. Don R. Powell, licensed psychologist and president of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, sports clichés are used in about 50 percent of coporate boardrooms. ...

Personal life

Vitale was born in Passaic, New Jersey, the son of Mae, a seamstress, and John Vitale, a security guard and clothing press operator.[2] He is married to Lorraine and they have two daughters. Vitale also has a master's degree in education from what is now William Paterson University. He was close friends with Jim Valvano, who was nicknamed "Jimmy V". Vitale is a Tampa Bay Rays season ticket holder and fan and is frequently spotted by fans sitting in the first row behind home plate at Tropicana Field. He is a native of East Paterson, New Jersey now Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Vitale spends his offseason in Lakewood Ranch, Florida which is just northeast of Sarasota, Florida. He appears once a week on Mike and Mike in the Morning, often mentioning The Broken Egg, a breakfast restaurant on Siesta Key. Vitale is visually impaired but has not allowed it to limit his career. “Passaic” redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... William Paterson University is a public university located in Wayne, New Jersey, an affluent suburb of New York City. ... James Thomas Anthony Valvano (March 10, 1946–April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball coach. ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Rays (2008–present) Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-2007) Other nicknames Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles... Tropicana Field is a domed stadium in St. ... Map highlighting Elmwood Parks location within Bergen County. ... Cà dZan - a 1925 Sarasota residence that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the central west coast of Florida, USA. Its official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of... Mike and Mike in the Morning is a sports talk radio show hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg (aka Greeny) and broadcast on ESPN Radio from 6:00 am ET to 10:00 am ET, Monday through Friday. ... Siesta Key is a census-designated place located in Sarasota County, Florida. ...


On December 18, 2007, Vitale was diagnosed with lesions on his vocal cords. He underwent successful surgery and returned to announcing on February 6th, calling the Duke-North Carolina game on ESPN.


In popular culture

Vitale lent his name and voice to the 1994 Sega Genesis game, Dick Vitale's "Awesome Baby" College Hoops. Vitale and Nessler also provide the commentator voices for EA Sports' NCAA March Madness video game series. In 2004, Vitale released an autobiography cowritten with Dick Weiss entitled Living a Dream. The book has several thoughts and comments on his days with the Pistons and ESPN, and memories of former NC State basketball Coach Jim Valvano. Vitale currently stars in commercials for DiGiorno pizza and Hooters restaurants. He guest starred on The Cosby Show along with friend Jim Valvano as furniture movers in the eighth season episode The Getaway. The character "Rick Vitality" from the DOS PC game Three Point Basketball was a parody of Vitale. The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... Dick Vitales Awesome Baby College Hoops is the college equivalent to NBA Jam. ... current EA Sports logo EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... The NCAA March Madness series is the main NCAA basketball series published by EA Sports, only on the two next-gen consoles (PS2 and Xbox) as of 2004. ... Namcos Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games ever made. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... James Thomas Anthony Valvano (March 10, 1946–April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball coach. ... DiGiorno (Delissio in Canada) is a frozen pizza brand owned by Kraft Foods. ... This article is about the two restaurant chains collectively using the shared Hooters brand. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. ... James Thomas Anthony Valvano (March 10, 1946–April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball coach. ... This is a complete list of episodes for the popular American sitcom The Cosby Show. ... This article is about the family of closely related operating systems for the IBM PC compatible platform. ... IBM PC compatible computers are those generally similar to the original IBM PC, XT, and AT. Such computers used to be referred to as PC clones, or IBM clones since they almost exactly duplicated all the significant features of the PC, XT, or AT internal design, facilitated by various manufacturers...


References

  1. ^ Atlantic Ten Notebook: All-time selections difficult after first 2
  2. ^ Dick Vitale Biography (1959-)

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Vitale is well known for covering the biggest games with his rare form of energy, coining terms like "Diaper Dandy" (a star freshman), a "PTPer" (a prime time performer), "Maalox Masher" (the end of a close game), and "dipsy-doo dunkeroo slam-jam-bam, baby!" (an exciting slam dunk).
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