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The Dicky Debate


Beginning in January, we will launch a new site called KSRU, that will feature college students writing features about UK sports, with an emphasis on some of the secondary sports at the school. Over the course of the rest of December, a few of these students will each be writing posts in this space at 9 am to get accustomed to the process. Therefore you will see a variety of names here in the coming days. We hope you enjoy their work and remember, be nice.

Good morning, KSR! If you’re reading this, I have successfully figured out how to get my first official post on the blog up and running–nothing short of a miracle. I hope that there will be many more to come, and here’s to hoping that you will want to see more from me, too. But enough about me…

Now that you’ve had a full day to settle down and approximately 895,234,569 chances to see the replay of Watford’s downtown dagger on SportsCenter, I would like to kindly ask you to  think back to Saturday’s debacle. For those of you who have already wiped it from memory completely, consult the nearest Indiana fan. Believe me, they can tell you all about it…in excruciating detail.

Now, I’m not going to bore you with more talk about the play of Terrence Jones (poor guy) or why Davis and Lamb should, indeed, have made those last free throws. Let’s, instead, shift gears and have a little chat about everyone’s favorite commentator, who graced us with his presence for UK’s first (and hopefully only) loss of the season.

I am, of course, talking about Dick Vitale, whose loud, passionate, and arguably obnoxious calls of Duke’s the nation’s best games have landed him the much sought after title of “The Face of College Basketball” (or, at the very least, certainly voice). While listening to quite possibly the most inescapable voice in the commentating world sing the praises of whatever team was hot at the moment, I found myself caught in one of the biggest internal struggles of my life: Do I love or hate Dicky V?

Although I can’t claim to have been around when Vitale was a Diaper Dandy himself, it seems to me that there has never been a more controversial commentator when it comes to the gap between people really liking him and really hating him, and the fan base that seems most split on the issue is the Big Blue Nation.

On one side of the issue, Vitale seems to have a pretty high ceiling on his likability of the Cats. He’s always the first to talk about the passion and intensity of UK fans. He’s always the one to give credit where credit is due to UK’s coaches and players, and he certainly has everything to be giddy about in the way of superstar freshmen to drool over on this year’s UK squad. Plus, did anyone else notice how quickly Dick flicked off the IU cap that Crean wanted him to wear post-game? Just saying.

On the other hand, I was literally ready to throw my roommate at our brand new flat screen if Dicky V told–no–demanded Indiana to feed the ball to Zeller one more time. As a friend of mine said during the game, “If that old geezer doesn’t shut up about Cody Zeller, I’m going to drive up to Bloomington and punch him in the voice box.” I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely love his passionate tangents when they sing the praises of UK, but when they’re directed at anyone else–namely Duke, which seems to be the other major beneficiary of Mr. Vitale’s services–I find the quickest possible route to the mute button.

So, what say you, BBN? Is Dicky V great for the sport, or would you drive the 200 miles from Lexington to IU just to get a shot at him? Maybe a little of both? I look forward to reading your comments on this one.

It’s great to finally meet you. Here’s to kicking off the beginning of a beautiful relationship. IT’S AWESOME, BABY!

Article written by Adam Schilt

81 Comments for The Dicky Debate

  1. NBA league pass
    9:09 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    did everyone see the IU fans making fun of Anthony Davis brow?

    Just like we do on here, right? Idiots.

  2. azzie
    9:11 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    really ruined the game having to listen to dicky

  3. NoJortsNoProblem
    9:15 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Nice post Adam!

  4. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    9:15 am December 12, 2011 Permalink


  5. GoBlue
    9:16 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    When Dickie V is on the TV, Tom Leach comes on the radio. I just miss Cawood at moments like that.

  6. CatsFanInKnoxville
    9:17 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    50/50. I appreciate that he recognizes UK as a great program and praises the players and coaches. Most others in similar positions wouldn’t say something nice about us even if you paid large sums of money to do so. When he’s drooling over Mike Krzyzewski and the Dukies, I can’t stand him. However, I will say that he brings an excitement to the games that he calls, even if I don’t always agree with what he is saying.

  7. woody long
    9:18 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Dukie V should have quit a LOOOONG time ago. Him, Vern Lundquist, and all the referees who were born in the 1800’s that keep refing our games. Geezus, can’t anybody under the age of 120 announce or ref a game?

    9:19 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t hate Duke Vitale…..but he needs to retire and just go away. Nobody misses Billy Packer either, that I promise!

  9. GapToothDanny
    9:20 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome Adam. I would not mind if Vitale came down with laryngitis. By the end of the game, the volume on my TV was at “3” (it’s usually between 27 and 40) and I swear, the more I turned it down, the louder he talked.

  10. ScottinHendo
    9:21 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t stand him, I do like when he talks postive about us. But all around I can’t deal with him calling our games, or really any game that I have a slight bit of interest in watching. I have the radio on listening to the game with the tv on mute watching it even tho the radio feed is a few seconds ahead.

  11. barn
    9:21 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    “vitale seems to have a pretty high ceiling of likability for the cats”?? really? were you around during the tubby smith circus? you don’t know what you’re talking about. he has a ‘pretty high ceiling of likability’ for whatever teams he happens to be broadcasting at the moment.

  12. phil
    9:21 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I watched the game in silence because he was calling it.. I just can’t do it

  13. Al's IndiCats
    9:22 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    He’s a flavor of the moment commentator. I really hate to hear him but I’d rather have him call the game than let’s say Knight or Kellogg. With Knight the play as been over for about 45 seconds and he’s still saying what the kid should have done, and with Kellogg and Nance….well they are still them with whatever that pops into their collective heads at the time. I miss Larry Conley. Does anyone know what happened to him? He was the absolute best when calling SEC games.

  14. RidgeRunner
    9:22 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Howdy Adam.

    Yup, I’m ok with Vitale. Like anybody he can get extreme sometimes & on your nerves…but overall I like him. He brings enthusiasm and a love for the game which reaches all ages.

  15. Ciggy
    9:22 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I’d like to punch him in the voice box alot of times, but other times I really do like him. I watched one of his speeches several years ago, he is really a good dude. he just needs to switch to decaf.

  16. Catfan in C-bus
    9:22 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Vitale is both highly entertaining and incredibly annoying…..but above all else, he absolutely LOVES college hoops and is one of the games greatest ambassadors! I generally enjoy when he calls a game, and if you can listen through some of his screaming, few people know the game better than Vitale. And yes I got tired of hearing him beg IU to get the ball to baby Zeller, but wasn’t he right?

  17. Bubba Earl
    9:23 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    After watching the pre-ceremony of The University of Detroit naming the basketball court in his honor, he cried like a baby. I think he realizes his “Twilight” has arrived, I believe the time is nearing an end of his career due to the fact that he is losing his ability to call games without repeating himself.

  18. John Denver
    9:23 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Dicky V doesn’t bother me. If you haven’t noticed by now, he talks and cheers on the team that is winning at that moment. If the other team takes the lead, he cheers for them. As long as he keeps it non partial I am okay with the way he commentates the game.

  19. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    9:30 am December 12, 2011 Permalink


  20. bamman
    9:31 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    13, I see Conley doing ACC games on fox sports south all the time

  21. UKFan in Ga
    9:31 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Dicky V knows the game inside and out. He is as passionate about the game in general as anyone out there. But I made the same observation in regard to his “coaching” during the game and practically screaming at the IU team to get Zeller the ball. That was a little much. Ok, so I’m a UK fan and probably biased so it ticked me off to hear that, but him doing that does NOT make him sound like a neutral commentator when they are practically coaching the other team. Look at ESPN Game Day, when they are doing their picks for the week, if Kirk Herbstreit is calling a game later in the day, he refuses to pick the winner. Whether he is biased or not, he at least excuses himself from showing a bias. Dicky V is known for his love of everything Duke and Coach K related, that’s his thing. And he is passionate about college basketball. But a step back would have been better to hear.

  22. Uglymuffin
    9:34 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Some people are haters. Dickie V is a lover. He just loves all things college basketball. He loves UK, Duke, UConn, it doesn’t matter. If your relevant he loves you. That being said I am tired of old buzzard beak (My dads name for him). Everything he says is rehashed and over used. Jimmy Dykes is an idiot but at least he comes up with new material.

  23. Shimsky
    9:34 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Not only does his voice bother me, the fact that he acts as though he is a true fan of whichever team he is announcing for at the time, always with SEVERAL nods to dookie and NC bugs me. But he is OLD and ENTHUSIASTIC…rendering him tolerable to most.

  24. Casey
    9:36 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Dicke V is FANTASTIC! To your friend who was mad about him complaining that he kept commenting about not throwing it into Zeller. Guess what? Vitale was 100% correct! It was ridiculous that he Indiana was not going to him late with Davis in foul trouble a Zeller continually having position on him. As far as how much Dickie V likes the Cats, watch any game he does… He almost ALWAYS mentions UK and the passionate fan base positively no matter who is playing! I’d go as far as to say he likes UK just as much as Duke. We as fans just don’t notice as much because we tend to agree with everything Vitale says positively about the Cats. To the person who mentioned his strong were when Tubby was let go, UK deserved harsh criticism, sorry.

    The bottom line is when you watch your team when Dickie V is calling, you LOVE him when your team is winning, because he is as passionate as you are. When your team is losing, you CAN’T STAND him, because he’ll be just as passionate for the other guys. Anyone who is knocking his knowledge of the game, I’m sorry thats just naive.

    Dickie V is a phenomenal announcer who perfectly sums up the passion of college basketball and brings it right to the microphone and very well may love his job more than anyone in America loves their job. On top of that he is a great man away from the mic, being extremely fan friendly and always pushing the Jimmy V Fund. College basketball will not be the same without him.

  25. SK_54
    9:36 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Adam: Stay in School, get a education and move on with your life.

  26. kscarter
    9:36 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I love Dickie V because of his passion. You can tell he is doing exactly what he loves to do and gives it his all every time. I can’t complain about that.

  27. That guy.
    9:37 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    First off. Congrats on a intriguing first post. Secondly I think Dukie V is great in small doses. I think he should be used in the same way Lee Corso is used. Roll him out for college game days to spill his clichés and tick off Bob “For God Sake Why Am I Held In Such High Reguard” Knight and perhaps around March to hype the tourneys. Other than those two times I could do with him. Listening to Vitale longer than the traditional SportsCenter 5 minute hoops breakdown has to bad for your health, doesn’t it?

  28. The White Mandingo
    9:37 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    “did anyone else notice how quickly Dick flicked off the IU cap that Crean wanted him to wear post-game?”

    Yea he didnt want to mess up his hair duh!

  29. catfan65
    9:38 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Whatever one thinks of his schtick (which I don’t mind), Vitale is far and away the most knowleedgable color commnetator doing college basketball now. By that, I mean he has seen more college basketball teams actually play and has a better understanding of the different teams strength/weaknesses/styles of play that go beyond the stereotypes that plague other commentators. Plus, he has seen almost all the top HS recruits play alot and knows more about them than the others. The knowledge gap between Dickie V and others has probably decreased as he spends more of his time bagging big speaking fees and doing Hooter’s commercials, but he is still on top.

    Plus, despite his love of Duke, Coach Ratface, and those despicanle nerds known as the “Cameron Crazies”, I don’t think Dickie ranks in the top 5 biggest Duke sycophant commentators. I have watched every televised Duke game this year (someone has to) and he is the only one to take his mouth off Austin River’s genitalia long enough to point out the flaws in his game. Basically, if you are getting a commentator on a Duke game this side of Larry Conley, you better get ready to hit the mute button and keep your bood pressure medicine handy.

  30. jack avery
    9:39 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Vitale is all over-the-place with his opinions. Example from Saturday: First, he goes off on a little tirade over the UC-Xavier brawl…”There’s no place in college basketball for this kind of behavior.” Okay, no argument here. Later though he mounts his soapbox for his pal: “I’ve said 1000-times, this building should be named after Robert Montgomery Knight”–the king of physical confrontation. Condemn kids for losing it in the heat-of-the-moment and then heap praise on an adult, supposed teacher and role-model, responsible for the longest running tenure of boorish behavior ever.

  31. Bigbluebarton
    9:40 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Good first post. Love the passion of Dickie V, but I was really close to watching that game on mute.

  32. Here ya go
    9:41 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    this is my thinking, coold you put Dick vitale on the radio and get the same thing you got from cawood. Granted, that’s a tall order that is probably impossible to match, but we here at UK have a pretty high standard. Dicky has incredible energy as a broadcaster,but when you closed your eyes listening to cawood he painted that picture better than anyone i have ever listen to. I do have to say this. Dicky V is 100 times easier to listen to than bob Knight, even if he does own the worlds record for talking Duke at a non Duke ball game.. which i believe was .03 seconds after the tip off.

  33. UKFan4Life
    9:48 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Idk people got mad about Vitale saying they should of made the entry pass to the post for Zeller. There was ball pressure on the perimeter and sometimes the ball handler being doubled… Of course u get the ball in the post in a 1 on 1 situation… Zeller had position several times and had room to make a quick move and score. If Vitale didnt say this he wouldn’t know basketball an obviously he does… He works basketball for a living. Vitale wasn’t jumping on the IU bandwagon, rather just stating the obvious. Zeller is a good player and could have had some easy buckets in a 1 on 1 situation with position on Davis and his fouls, Terrence and his lack of effort thy we have seen in previous games, Vargas’ inexperience, and mismatches with MKG and other perimeter players. Get off Vitale’s back… He is a fan ok UK and is a honest man… UK IU game was a game for the ages and even though we expect UK to win every game, well duh you can’t win them all. It was a sloppy game at times and not typical of the ’11-’12 squad, but it was a heavy weight matchup of legendary programs… This is why UK is special. Big names, big games, history, tradition, and yes super bowls… We lost, it sucked at that shot hurt, but u know what, we are not unbeatable… We know what we need to do to get better and well move on. Now we can argue with CAL to keep the series going… Indiana is legit again and it makes for a better rivalry. UK needs to work on their sets, abhor some dang freethrows, and block out!!!!! We are athletic and all but guess what… IU fundamentals kicked out athletes in the butt! Go Cats

  34. ashland cat
    9:49 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I heard he changed his name to Duke Vitale…

  35. harry skeens
    9:52 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t stand to hear him!!!!!!!!! I hate it when he calls our games, I don’t have the luxury of turning on Tom Leach because I have Direct TV and the difference between Direct TV and the radio is about 2 or 3 seconds plus I live in South Carolina and I can only get the game on AM.I look forward to the day he retires. Not to question Coach Cal but what about a full court press with 5 seconds to go. Hope you have a great day and GO BIG BLUE!!!!!

  36. AT WORK
    9:53 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    it’s true! i have long struggled with my love/hate relationship regarding Dickie V,
    he irked me when he commented on Coach K’s 3 millionth win during Kentucky/Kansas game,
    then had the nerve to comment on the 3 goggle. he bored me with his love of all things zeller,
    on saturday. however, i truly think he likes the UK program and UK fans. and he does wonderful
    things raising awareness and funds for children’s cancer research. So today i like Dickie, Saturday
    not so much. honestly i didn’t like anyone very much saturday night except my glass of woodford
    which is how i dealt with our first loss. by the way i enjoyed this post and look forward to
    hearing more from the students

  37. T.J.
    9:57 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    You alway know when posts strike a chord with us. The comments section looks more like 1000 word essays.

  38. FurdTurgason
    9:57 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    He’s too much. Look at the NFL and MLB. Do they have anyone like him? They have announcers who respect the game and only talk about the two teams you are watching. I can be watching a game between the Big 10’s two top teams and Vitale spends 10 minutes of the broadcast talking about other teams around the country (usually Duke or UNC).

  39. TruBlu
    9:58 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Dick Vitale doesn’t really like Kentucky. He did like us somewhat when Pitino coached but that’s because he makes a living out of brown-nosing coaches he is afraid of. Back in the 90s, I saw a t-shirt with a phallus on it with Vitale’s head and the caption read “Is this Dick Vital?” #STHU

  40. catfan65
    10:00 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I almost named my son after Cawood Ledford and I will always fondly remmember listening to him on the radio as a kid. But Cawood was the play-by-play guy, so to compare him to Dickie V is apples-to-oranges. They fulfill completely diffeerent roles. The color commntator is there to make the game more exciting and give us useful nuggets of information once in awhile (though few do).

    I’m a Dickie V fan because I remember the days of ACC commentators doing UK March Madness games who clearly had never watched UK play all season. Anyone who heard Nance and Packer do the 1998 UK-Duke Elite Eight game knows what I’m talking about. Vitale has a better understanding of how UK plays and the different players capabilities/roles because he loves college hoops and watches more games that he is not broadcasting than the other guys. You can’t really know what a team does just by reading the stat/matchup sheets.

  41. UKRULZ
    10:08 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Dickie V is great for the game of basketball. Yes, soemtimes he goes over the top, btu that’s what commentators do. Just because he praises someone else that doen’t dont he UK Blue doesn’t mean that he is against us. Dickie V is a “homer” , a “frontrunner”, a “bandwagoner”, if you will, btu if you know this going in, there shouldn’t bea any big deal. Bottom line is that Dickie V is a promter, and when you are good and talented, he sings your praises. Personally I thought he was a little tough on Jones on National TV, I just don’t think that was Vitale’s place to criticize him. I know he “stunk” it up, but he was a little harsh in my opinion. As far as getting the ball to Zeller… would have been their best move, I have no problem with that part of it.

  42. Derby_Demon
    10:15 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I think most of us fans wanted to choke him Saturday…simply because we were kidding out butts kicked!! He’s not so bad. Who would you rather hear: Dicky V or Boobie Knight???!!!

  43. Derby_Demon
    10:16 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    *kidding*–“GETTING” Sorry ’bout that!

  44. catfanran
    10:17 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Dickie V, is good for college basketball however my biggest gripe, complaint, or displeasure with him is his mouth drooling love affair with Coach K..He has his nose stuck so far up coach K’s rear end if he farted he would be able to tell him what he had to eat….Yep I know gross…………….He is a loud mouth…Give me Jim Nance anytime

  45. Jack Flash
    10:17 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I get sick & tired of DV. He is a turncoat announcer. He is for one or the other teams and usually not Kentucky. Is that a ACC throwback.

    In my opinion the announcers on TV should take a neutral position, neither for or against either team. Radio announcers for, say the UK network, have the right to be for against a team.

    With today’s technology(sound-picture delays) we can’t turn the sound off on TV & turn the sound on for the UK network, unfortunately.

    It’s just not right when network “mouth pieces” take sides in a game.

    AND….. Is it just a fad that instead of using the word “height” people in the media mistakenly use the word “length”? It seems to me that height refers to something in the vertical position, whereas length refers to something in the horizontal position.

  46. josh
    10:21 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Dick is a Dick

  47. Matt Jones' virginity
    10:23 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    “remember, be nice” to the writers. Bash the players all you want. Smh KSR.

  48. juice
    10:23 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Hate him! Hate him! Hate him! The sound of his voice makes we want to puke BABY!

  49. saki7
    10:25 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Vitale is good for college bball because he’s an icon, but he needs to learn to focus on the game that he’s calling and not venture into unrelated topics (football, politics) no one wants to think about at that moment. I’ve always found this bizarre. I like him in small doses, but listening to him is unbearable when your team’s losing, and I would have turned him off early Saturday if I hadn’t been watching with other people who wanted the sound on. KSR live blog saved my sanity.

  50. Bledsoe
    10:26 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 41. Dicky V is great for the game. As Uk fans we hate when anyone talks bad about us or they talk about another team (mainly Duke) more than Uk. its just in our nature to dislike anything said not praising UK. When Coach K got his 900 and who gives a crap win, me and all of my friends couldn’t even watch sports center. but those same people were praising us later for a big win over Kansas and North Carolina, but we don’t jump on their backs. Dicky V is just out there more in the spot light and that’s where he wants to be. For those of you who have twitters, Dicky V gives the #BBN shout outs all the time and recently has tweeted more about UK than another team. He does like us, but as a national media member he can’t be biased towards one team, he wouldn’t have any “fans.” He has to like other teams, and he can like multiple teams and once. SO he always likes UK and Duke and then hops on the bandwagon of the other hot teams. he uses his position to do great charity work too. You can hate on some of his comments (“fee Zellar the ball”), but I can’t find a reason to dislike him

  51. GapToothDanny
    10:26 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Agree totally with the comments about Cawood’s ability to give a visual context to radio! All of the TV guys need to calm down and talk less, IMHO.

    Dam you Janet Jackson, and your 7 second delay! Makes it all but impossible to mute the TV and listen to Leach & co.

    catfan65: you’re right, it could be a lot worse with Packer.

  52. DCFan
    10:31 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    My first exposure to Dicky V came over ESPN radio. I honestly could not stand the guy, and could not for the life of me figure out why any sports network would put up with someone who quite literally never shuts up: all sportscasters are guilty of this but he takes it to another level. My feelings changed over time when, observing him live on TV, I realized that this is a guy who just genuinely LOVES the game. He loves a good game, and loves to see good players develop–it doesn’t matter what team they’re on or who coaches them. For this reason, I’ve actually grown quite fond of him. His enthusiasm is authentic. What used to annoy me, I now find rather endearing…and yes, I think he genuinely likes the Cats (and the BBN).

  53. ThankfulCat
    10:33 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Dickie V is a college basketball promoter who gets to call games too.

    He is allright.

    Just not a great play by play announcer.

    He is good for college basketball.

  54. Casey
    10:35 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    To the people saying he doesn’t LOVE Kentucky….. read his twitter feed, listen to him when he calls games that UK isn’t in, watch him on SC. He LOVES Big Blue and talks about it all the time!

  55. formerenglishteacher
    10:55 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    A close relative of mine once had to drive him back/forth to the Louisville airport when he was in town for a speaking engagement during the Tubby era. He was genuinely kind and enthusiastic about KY bball during the drives. He even took the time and mailed a package(contained an autographed book and picture) to the relative after his visit. That being said…he totally trashed UK when Tubby left! He stuck his nose in when it wasn’t his business, and he did it repeatedly on the national ESPN forum. He’s getting old, so I’ll forgive him…

  56. CatfaninNashvegas
    11:02 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I like Dickie V. He is good for the game but belongs on before and after games not during.

  57. john4uk
    11:19 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    About two minutes is all this old geezer can take of Dickie V,After that the tv audio is put on mute.

  58. kittylitter
    11:22 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    My problem with Vitale is that during games, you can tell he is actively rooting for one team or the other. Does anyone have any doubt that he was pulling for Indiana on Saturday? Maybe it’s just the sometimes natural human instinct to root for the underdog, but that is an emotion he’s supposed to squash as a sports commentator. And then there’s his slobbering adoration of Duke. But, he’s at ESPN and that’s what they all do there.

  59. clint
    11:23 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I like Dicky V, but ther’s just so much someone can take of him. I like the idea of before and after the game NOT during. Go Big BLUE! IU still suck!

  60. Carl
    11:23 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t stand him. He uses college games as a soap box to promote his personal agenda while vaguely watching the game. I’ll never forget his constant blathering about FL being the new force in the SEC and then lambasting UK fans on national TV for wanting Tubby to step up his game. THe guy is a narcissitic egotistical air bag.

  61. barn
    11:24 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    55)_your last few sentences explain why i’ll never like dick v. i don’t think many of the people here even remember his actions and comments during the tubby debacle. i don’t forget

  62. kentuckyjoe
    11:24 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a Dickie V fan and always will be. But, he really got on my nerves with that incessant calling for the ball to go to Zeller. We understood him the first time and why we had to hear it 25 more times; well, it was maddening.

  63. CalifCatFan
    11:25 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Where is BTI?

  64. Dude
    11:34 am December 12, 2011 Permalink


  65. Billy
    11:41 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    At the core, I am not a fan of Dicky V. His annoying voice, his obnoxious catch-phrases (YEAH BABY, ARE YOU SERIOUS?!), and his praise of all things Duke (even in a game which does not concern Duke whatsoever) really grinds my gears. That being said, we have to give credit where credit is due. As everyone else has said, it’s clear that Dicky V has a love and passion for college basketball that probably is not equaled anywhere else. He knows the game as well as anyone, and it really shows in his commentating (when he’s not taking up Coach K and his Dukies, that is). And, most importantly, the guy does a ton of work to raise money for cancer research with the Jimmy V Foundation, which is something that everyone has to respect. So, love him or hate him (and I certainly don’t fall anywhere near the former), Dicky V is a man who you’ve gotta give a lot of credit and respect to, even if you are sometimes forced to mute the games he commentates.

    Also, Adam, great first post! I’m sure we’ll see lots more good things coming from you!

  66. tangledupinblue
    11:50 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    55&61 . I wish I could post a link of his TIRADE against UK and the fans . He was completely off base . Tubby wasn’t fired but he acted like it . And it was none of his business where Donavon decided to coach . I can’t imagine any true UK fan for forgiving him for that .

  67. Chris
    11:58 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    WHatever you say about Vitale, you should realize that at THE EXACT SAME TIME Vitale was asking WHY DON’T THEY THROW IT TO ZELLER, Milke Pratt was making the same point with Tom Leach.

  68. hydencat
    11:58 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Vitale completely detracts from any game he ‘announces’. The cliches’ were original once, but now seem contrived and forced. He adds nothing to a game. Duke sucks, Vitale sucks up to Duke, there Vitale sucks the suckers.

  69. jj in Florida
    12:08 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I graduated UK in 1997 and went to Dicky V’s new book signing.I did not buy his book but brought a magazine for him to sign. He embarrassed me(rightfully so) for saying the following quote,”We got a cheapy here! That’s the problem with young people today they don’t take the time to read!” I responded that I loved to read but did not want to read his book and he laughed and shook my hand. I live in Sarasota now and Dick seems to have two personalities. At his previous golf club members said he could be rude to fellow golfers and some of the employees did not like him. I have ran into him twice at his restaurant and he was very upbeat and friendly.

  70. Catfan 50
    12:11 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    11, were you around for the Tuby Smith era? There wasn’t alot to be praised about besides the championship team.

  71. IU still sucks!
    12:18 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Good article. Vitale became a fan instead of a commentator during the game. My favorite part of he and Shulman is Shulman always correcting him when he messes up stats. He was overboard on “give it to Zeller,” but he was 110% right. They neede to give it to Zeller.

    Still can’t believe NO ONE fouled with 2 FOULS to give!!

  72. DB11
    12:37 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    If he said to feed it to zellar one more time, i was gona punch the guy next to me

  73. Skeps
    12:51 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Vitale has allegiances to coaches. He hated us when Tubby left “shame on you Kentucky”. But now that Calipari’s here its a whole different story.

  74. GreatWhiteNBAHope
    1:03 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I hate when Vitale calls games. He is a good guy and the awareness he raises for the V foundation is good, but I would like him to take a more hands off role and not get all these good games. Is there any way ESPN can push him into retirement and give Gus Johnson the high profile games Dickey V is getting? Also, has Gus Johnson ever called a game that didn’t come down to he final play? I’m going to miss him during the Dance this year.

  75. UKfan
    1:12 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    74.) made a great point about Vitale’s allegiances to coaches. And if he was such a hugh fan of Kentucky then why did he bash on Terrence Jones so hard for that little pose after the dunk against Kansas? Anybody remember that? OOOHHHH BABEEE there’s no need for that…just play the game. (which I agree with that part) but when someone like himself brings attention to anything he doesn’t agree with or like it puts the program in a negative light.

    And he’s never been a fan of BBN. Think what you want but he doesn’t like us. We’re still the inbred, one toothed racist hillbilly’s that Pitino painted us as when he was here…remember how Dookie V. was singing his praises back in the 90’s?

    He’s a douche. And needs to go play shuffleboard and make racist comments with Billy Packer or hunting with Knight.

  76. bwasher
    2:17 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Cliche: He is who he is. From a positive side and living outside of KY, whenever vitale calls a game, at least that means the game is on TV for exposure. No BBNetwork around here in Big 12 country (at least not YET. Welcome, Mizzou), so we must migrate to ESPN3.

    My problem was with dan shulman. Anyone notice how excited he was when we were down, but as we came back multiple times, his passion waned? A victory by UK would have been so “normal.” Seemed like all of the great plays were made by IU, with little excitement when “Wayne Turner (now renumbered as #25) consistently beat wojo (hulls) for layups” (ah, 1997…that was a good year).

    Maybe it’s just me…but as bad as they are, I’d take Knight and Musburger (Big 12) over vitale and shulman. But Big 12 folks around here hate Knight and Musburger. Grass is always greener on the other side?

  77. Larry
    2:37 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I would rather have Drew Franklin calling all these games. He is the best at telling BBN what people are saying on blogs etc.

  78. royalblue6
    3:06 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    I often get upset with Dick for many of the reasons stated above. I do believe, however, that he give UK its just due. My biggest complaint is the way he calls the game. I wish he would call the game and quite interjecting all the other comments that have nothing to do with the action on the floor. More often than not you cannot find out who fouled, who made the shot or turnover. It’s very frustrating if you are really into the game (and all Cat fans are).

    3:10 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    He is not the most annoying, but he’s up there. The most annoying has to be that lady with the mans voice who called the football game earlier this year.

  80. gotti
    4:45 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    good job adam! great post. Id rather have Anthony Davis than all three Zellers

  81. walig123
    10:52 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Great post! I was actually pondering these exact things after the game. Once you watch him announce some other games, your hate for Dicky V begins to grow (mine did at least). Just like Cody Zeller in our IU/UK game, during the OSU/ Duke game he would not shut up about Jared Sullinger. His comments are the same for every game. He loves a particular player and he says the same comment over and over again. Boy would his job be easy, just jump on any bandwagon there is and ultimately always be a winner.

    I would go as far to say, I would rather listen to boring Bobby Knight call games then listen to Vitale make each and every game all about himself and his dumb repetitive sayings.