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Congratulations to Dickie V on 35 years of broadcasting (VIDEO)

Dec 5, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

Today marks the 35th anniversary of Dick Vitale’s first broadcast as a color-commentator for ESPN, and in a video that the network released today, we get a chance to see Vitale’s first pregame intro.

A couple things stand out:

- In his first broadcast, Vitale still managed to drop some nicknames. “The Kiddie Corps, T’n’T, dy-no-mite!”

- Watch the face of his partner while Vitale is going on his 1:40 long rant. Hilarious. I’d love to know what he was thinking then. “No way this guy lasts a month” would be my guess.

- 35 years ago Dick Vitale still didn’t have a single strand of hair on the top of his head.

Vitale’s a polarizing announcer. There are those that love him and those that cannot stand him. Me? I think he’s like Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty. You’re never quite sure what he’s talking about, but it’s just not the same when he’s not around. His enthusiasm for college hoops in unbridled and unparalleled, and I’m including myself in there.

But the most important thing to remember with Vitale is that the man has raised millions upon millions upon millions for the Jimmy V Foundation’s fight against, as he says it, “CAAAN-suh”. So judge away at his broadcasting if you must, just realize that the man has a great and generous heart.

(h/t Norlander)

  1. ceraser45 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Love Vitale. He is College basketball and without him ESPN would not really exist

  2. orngnbl - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    He was great when he started but between always being “in character” and his love affair with Duke starting in the ’90s, he makes games almost unwatchable.

  3. lundy337 - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    His love affair with Duke is second only to his love for some carheels and the hiliariously exposed carolina way that he used to like to brag about. Haven’t heard him mention it lately. Which is good because it was all exposed as a fraud. Now he talks about how PJ should be allowed to play and how unc would be a top 5 team if so.

    Too bad PJ broke all the rules…. Don’t do the crime if you can’t stand the time or ineligibility in PJ’s case.

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