A Vitale Called Game

A tip of the hat to someone on Pack Pride’s message board, but they didn’t give proper credit for the find when they said, “I saw this somewhere else”. (That’s a lot more than some of the SFN generated stuff that ends up on the message boards without any acknowledgement that it was first seen somewhere else).

The following is

a list of teams and people that Dick Vitale talked about Monday night that had absolutely nothing to do with the Louisville/Connecticut game he was calling:

1. Duke
2. Mike Krzyzewski
3. Duke (1986)
4. Kansas
5. Tennessee
6. Bruce Pearl
7. Chris Lofton
8. Tennessee (Women’s)
9. Kentucky
10. Tubby Smith
11. Kentucky (1996)
12. Kentucky (1997)
13. Kentucky (1998)
14. Pittsburgh
15. Marquette
16. St. John’s
17. Syracuse
18. Providence
19. New Mexico State
20. Reggie Theus
21. Nevada
22. N.C. State (Women’s)
23. Kay Yow
24. Boston University
25. Indianapolis Colts
26. Peyton Manning
27. Louisville football team
28. New York Yankees
29. Villanova
30. Maria Sharapova
31. Oklahoma State
32. Texas
33. Texas Tech
34. Indiana
35. Texas A&M
36. LSU
37. Depaul
38. Dobbins High School
39. Brian Brohm
40. Joe B. Hall
41. Jay Bilas
42. Sean Williams
43. Al Skinner
44. Marlon Garcia
45. Frank Sinatra
46. Illinois
47. Lou Carnesecca
48. Kevin Durant
49. Greg Oden
50. Alando Tucker
51. Aaron Brooks
52. Curry Kirkpatrick
53. Arizona
54. UCLA
55. His grandson Hunter
56. His grandson Jake
57. Tony Dungy
58. Joe Torre
59. Derek Jeter
60. Arizona (1997)
61. Bill Parcells
62. Brent Musberger
63. Steve Lavin
64. Eric Morgan
65. DJ White
66. Kelvin Sampson
67. Ohio State
68. Rece Davis
69. Tom Brady
70. Mike Anthony
71. Norby Williamson
72. Bo Derek
73. Tom Crean
74. Mario Boggan
75. Jameson Curry
76. North Carolina
77. Howie Schwab
78. Eva Longoria
79. Rosie O’Donnell
80. Donald Trump
81. Jim Boeheim
82. Bob Wright
83. Dan Marino
84. Jeff Jacobs
85. John Saunders
86. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
87. Erin Andrews
88. Bruce Weber
89. Rick Bozich
90. Wisconsin
91. Bo Ryan
92. Kammron Taylor
93. Florida
94. Georgetown
95. Chris Dodd
96. Digger Phelps
97. Mike Tranghese
98. Tony Bennett
99. Dave Gavitt
100. Danny Gavitt
101. Andrew Bynum
102. Sebastian Telfair
103. Amir Johnson
104. Scottie Reynolds
105. UCONN (Women’s)
106. John Vitale
107. Christopher Vitale
108. Justin Hawkins
109. Utah
110. Vernon Rule
111. Jim Valvano
112. Dee Rose
113. Walt Trumble
114. Jamal Mashburn
115. Pennsylvania
116. Detroit Pistons
117. Larry Bird
118. Magic Johnson
119. J.R. Giddens
120. Billy Gillespie
121. Acie Law
122. Nate Carter
123. South Florida
124. Robert McCallum
125. Chicago Bears
126. Lovie Smith
127. Mike & Mike
128. Dallas Cowboys
129. Tom Izzo
130. Dominic James
131. Paul Harris
132. Billy Donovan
133. Larry Brown
134. Lute Olsen
135. Eddie Sutton
136. Gene Bartow
137. Al McGuire
138. Hugh Durham
139. Roy Williams
140. Frank Gardner
141. Ron Franklin
142. Fran Fraschilla
143. Tommy Amaker
144. Johnny Dawkins
145. Danny Ferry
146. Billy King
147. Mark Gallery
148. Awesome Baby (race horse)
149. Tim Welsh
150. Geoff McDermott
151. Herbert Hill
152. Georgia Tech
153. Thaddeus Young
154. Javaris Crittenton
155. South Carolina
156. Dave Odom

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19 Responses to A Vitale Called Game

  1. BJD95 01/25/2007 at 9:13 AM #

    Yet some people on those same message boards have the nerve to bitch about Billy Packer calling our game? He not only talked about THE GAME HE WAS CALLING, he also said he saw some V in Lowe last night.

  2. BoKnowsNCS71 01/25/2007 at 9:14 AM #

    I thnk Dean Martin would have been crushed for having been left out.

    At least there’s no count on the number of “baby’s” or is there?

  3. kool k 01/25/2007 at 9:30 AM #

    What, no Malcolm Jamal Warner references?

  4. ncsslim 01/25/2007 at 9:47 AM #

    Reads like one of those insanely stupid “Family Circus” cartoons where little Billy goes to hell and back to cross the street.

  5. BoKnowsNCS71 01/25/2007 at 9:55 AM #

    Please mail all your extra Ritalin to Dickie V. It has to be A.D.D.

  6. dweedle 01/25/2007 at 10:36 AM #

    ^^AHAHA i forgot about those

  7. quackpipe 01/25/2007 at 11:34 AM #

    mark gallery = mark alarie?

  8. Buddygreen 01/25/2007 at 11:57 AM #

    Vitale what a tool, a big Duke fan. Packer is boring at times and can be very negative. Never forgot Packer in calling the 83 championship game he called that game totally one sided 100% expecting Houston to win until the last shot. He was totally shocked and even admitted as much years later. But that didn’t bother me what did was it took the man 20 years after Phil Ford left UNC before he could call an ACC game without mentoining or comparing some great guard move to Phil Ford. The man had UNC envy or something. But Packer is just a strange bird does wierd stuff like sleep in his car.

  9. kool k 01/25/2007 at 12:01 PM #

    He was Jimmy V’s boy, so I give him a pass.

  10. Gene 01/25/2007 at 12:21 PM #

    One frustrating thing with Billy Packer, especially on national broadcasts of ACC teams, is he has a hard time bringing out a good perspective / history of the ACC and the teams playing in an objective way. The man has a lot of history with this league and he could really give us some good PR.

    Irritating thing about Vitale is he was a head coach in the NBA for an unsuccessful season, but did have success coaching in high school and a brief stint in the college ranks. The man has to have an above average understanding of basketball, to coach at those levels, but usually spends most of his broadcasts rambling through his loudmouth schtick.

  11. gopack968 01/25/2007 at 12:26 PM #

    I put up with Dickie V for one reason – his unabashed love of student-athletes and the game of college basketball. Sure he loves K and Duke, and it drives me nuts; but I also remember the crushing loss at Duke a few years back when Justin Gainey called a last second timeout when we had none left – and maybe cost State the game. Vitale went to the locker room after the game and had a long private pep talk with Justin. A nice gesture that Gainey later said he really appreciated.

  12. kool k 01/25/2007 at 1:23 PM #

    Vitale was in The Naked Gun, so he gets a pass.
    Dick Enberg was as well, but I will never get over him and Randy Cross bashing Philip during his comeback against Seattle.

  13. Cosmo96 01/25/2007 at 3:10 PM #

    What, no mention of Dante Calabria’s hair?

    A few years ago, Vitale was calling a game at Kansas. I don’t remember who they were playing, but one of the guys from Kansas had a career game and led the Jayhawks to victory. When the kid was coming off the court toward the end of the game, Vitale made a huge deal about him, which isn’t so bad itself, but then he stood and applauded the kid. That’s great for fans to do, but for some supposedly “objective” broadcaster, it was disgusting. I wonder if he would have done that on the opposing team’s home court, had the game been played there?

    He might as well just drop the facade and openly admit that he has his favorites. Everyone knows it, anyway.

  14. Mike 01/25/2007 at 4:01 PM #

    Watching a Vitale game can drive one nuts. But one thing about Vitale, he is genuine as a person, the Gainey moment, a perfect example. Gopack said it best – he truly cares for the college game and the student athletes. Most people could care less about the kids – ever heard him speak to the athletes? Ever heard him at his camp? Should be required listening for all people, but he truly cares.

    I have had the pleasure, and I mean pleasure of speaking to him in person on several occasions from our days in Reynolds. He remembered me, a nobody, from a previous visit and chat. Is he loud and obnoxious? Yes. Does he drop names? Yes. Does he ramble? Yes. But he is a man of character and integrity who truly cares about each and every kid who steps on the court, and frankly he is sick and tired of all the people who abuse these kids and leech onto them. If there were Dickie V’s the college game would be far better off.

  15. Mike 01/25/2007 at 4:02 PM #

    And Cosmo, great point on Calabria’s hair. Only person with better hair than Calabria is Cosmo himself.

  16. packbackr04 01/25/2007 at 4:14 PM #

    listening to vitale is like being on a bad acid flash back… or like listening to your grandfather talk about WWII.
    “you know back then ALL we had to eat was sauerkraut, which back then was called liberty cabbage.” and “the important thing to remember was that i had an onion tied to my belt. but it wasnt one of those nice white onions, it was one of those big yellow ones. which was all you could get back then, because of the war of course.”

    a shiny nickel goes to first person who guesses the reference

  17. Otis 01/25/2007 at 5:11 PM #

    Abraham Simpson…
    another of his great ones, “We always had turkey on thanksgiving, which in my day has called a walking bird, so we had walking bird with all the fixin’s cranberrys, injun eyes, and yams filled with gun powder….”

  18. Andy 01/25/2007 at 6:30 PM #

    Heres the actual list on the blog who wrote it if you wanna give credit

    Link to origin of list (via Deadspin)


  19. jwrenn29 01/25/2007 at 11:31 PM #

    Dude. I’m not sure who has more problems, Dickie V for not being on topic or able to focus or you for taking the time to note them all. I’ll go with DV as you’ve only done this once and his is habitual.

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