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Dickie V to call Indiana-Michigan State with Magic Johnson

Feb 6, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

Dick Vitale

Just a day after news comes out that Dick Vitale will be broadcasting his first Final Four for ESPN International, more good news comes down the pipeline for ESPN’s excitable color analyst: he’ll be working a game with none other than Magic Johnson.

On February 19th at 7:00 p.m., Vitale and Mike Tirico will be teaming up with Magic to call No. 1 Indiana’s visit to No. 12 Michigan State.

I think this ought to be entertaining to listen to. It may not be the most informative broadcast — Vitale isn’t exactly known for his ability to break down x’s-and-o’s — but I’ve enjoyed Magic on the limited NBA broadcasts that I’ve seen and listening to him banter with Dickie V about their times in Michigan should produce a few chuckles. Hopefully they’ll pull out a few anecdotes.

Honestly, I just feel sorry for Tirico. It may be the first time in his career he’s paid to call a game where he never gets a word out.

Anyway, here are the statements from Johnson and Vitale in ESPN’s press release:

“From the time I was a high school basketball player in Michigan I was captivated by Coach Vitale’s spirit and passion,” said Johnson. “I’ve been fortunate to have developed a wonderful relationship with him – one which is bonded by our common love of basketball. I have the utmost admiration and respect for Dickie V as a person, a basketball genius and a commentator and I can’t wait to call this game with him and Mike Tirico.”

“I remember him as a kid so well. He was a basketball junkie, playing the game for hour after hour on the playgrounds,” Vitale said. “He became ‘Magic’ from his work ethic. I have always said if there was one player I wish I could’ve coached in my life it would be Earvin Magic Johnson. I am thrilled to be able to work with him and Mike Tirico. Although, I might have to remind him a few times that Indiana will be playing as well.”

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  1. takingbovadasmoney - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Thanks for the warning

    • florida727 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Perfectly stated. When Vitale works a game, I mute the TV. When he first came on the scene, I doubt anyone would argue it was good for college basketball. It was kind of whacky, kind of refreshing. But his act has really grown old. Now it’s the same crap over and over again. Everybody is the greatest, everybody is the best he’s ever seen, everyone is a PTP’er, everyone needs a TO baby, every freshman is a diaper-dandy. Same stuff all the time. Face it, the guy is an annoyance. He needs to retire, not get more assignments. Thanks God I live in America. I couldn’t bear the thought of listening to this guy do the Final Four.

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    That might be worse than the Magic/Zeke booth on NBC for the NBA game of the week.

  3. golgikanji - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I am at a loss, who likes Viale? He ruins games with his idiot chatter, endless dopey crap. It reminds me of how Cosell got in his later days. I will be forced, again, to watch IU in silence. He is an embarrassment.

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