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Congrats to Dickie V



Vitale_2 Congratulations to one of our favorites here at Two Cents: Dick Vitale. The ESPN college basketball announcer was selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2008 as a contributor. And, really, can you think of many people who have done more to advance the cause of college basketball than Vitale?

"Goosebumps ran through my body when I received the call,'' Vitale said. "I am in awe, absolute awe, of the people who have been enshrined. I am honored to be included with those greats who have been so much a part of my life. I wish my mom and dad -- my greatest inspiration -- were here here to experience this honor with me. They would be so proud. Basketball has given me a life that has exceeded any dream I ever had.''

I know a lot of people out there don't care for Vitale, most because they think his on-camera ranting and raving is an act. But it isn't. The Dickie V you see on TV is exactly the Dickie V you get in person. It's not a schtick. He's not a phoney. That's who he is. The honor he received Monday is well-deserved.

And the best part of all? Making the Hall of Fame probably means more to Dickie V than anyone who has ever been inducted.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:41pm]


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