Often, we can't see the elite of the elite in the present, so I'll help everybody with this one: Dick Vitale is the greatest college basketball announcer of all time. Take this week, for instance. First, you have the book's cover with Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight, Roy Williams and Dean Smith as Vitale's picks as the best college coaches during his broadcasting years. If people want a copy autographed, they can just go to DickVitaleonline. It's a great Christmas gift. Yes, indeed.
Some people who become famous totally reject the idea of celebrity. Others accept it reluctantly. Then there is Dick Vitale, the famous basketball announcer, who has taken to celebrity the way Scrooge McDuck takes to money: He glories in it, he dives into it, he swims in it—slowly, so he can enjoy the way it feels. Maybe it was the other way around. Either way, his recognizability took a great leap forward this season when he began doing games for ABC on weekends. Now he can hardly take a step, in or out of a basketball arena, without being asked to sign autographs or pose for a picture.
Dick Vitale called his first college basketball game back in —a point victory for DePaul over the Wisconsin Badgers. Ever since, no name or voice has been more synonymous with the sport than the inimitable "Dickie V. I've had 40 years down at ESPN and I still act like I'm twelve," says Vitale, who teamed up with Bounty on a new campaign to share his excitement and a recipe for cheesy broccoli bacon fritters.
AP — Dick Vitale's voice cracked as he discussed his self-described obsession with raising money for pediatric cancer research. This is about people. If we had more dollars, we could be saving so many kids. We started this at my house with a couple of hundred people. I'm a grandfather, I'm a father.