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Poor Dick Vitale looks like he could use a little sleep

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Dick Vitale has been on TV constantly for ESPN. I mean this is his busiest time of year. And the poor 74-year-old sure is showing signs of overuse.

Sure, Dookie V is as lively and vivacious as always — which is what makes him so lovable — but the guy just looks like he could use a nap. Or two. Or three. Or maybe just give him a couple of weeks off and let him get refreshed. He’s got some luggage around those eyes!

Dick Vitale rips Arian Foster, compares him to prostitute

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Houston Texans running back Arian Foster recently admitted that he received improper benefits during his college years at Tennessee, which is hardly a surprise given the state of collegiate athletics. Many players prior to Foster have taken money and others will continue to violate rules until a logical solution is formulated.

After seeing the footage of Foster in the upcoming EPIX documentary “School: The Price of College Sports,” ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale sent out a tweet comparing Foster and others who take money to prostitutes.

Vitale’s colleague Jay Bilas, who recently did a phenomenal job of exposing the NCAA for profiting off athletes’ names, would likely have a much different take.

I don’t think you can describe what Foster did in the documentary as “moaning.” He was simply telling the truth and shedding light onto a widespread issue. Comparing an athlete to a person who gets paid for sex seems a bit dramatic.

H/T Black Sports Online

Dick Vitale falls victim to the most awkward interview ever, baby (Video)

If I could watch the video above without laughing hysterically and feeling embarrassed for Dick Vitale, I could probably give you a better idea of what’s going on. The truth of the matter is I have no idea. Toward the beginning of his attempted interview with WGN in Chicago, it’s obvious Dickie V.’s earpiece wasn’t functioning properly and he couldn’t hear the news anchor. Toward the end, I can’t tell if he still can’t hear anything, or if he’s just confused because he thought he was supposed to be doing an interview for a Charlotte station instead of Chicago.

In any event, props to Dickie for rattling off random analysis about the tournament once he realized there were technical difficulties. Even more props to him for not going Chris Berman on everyone. Can’t everybody just stop for 10 minutes? Is that too much to ask?

H/T Sports Grid

ESPN experts Jay Bilas, Dick Vitale, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis make their Final Four picks

You see them on the GameDay set analyzing college hoops games every week, so naturally you’re wondering who they all picked for the NCAA Tournament. Shortly after the brackets were released on Selection Sunday, ESPN experts Jay Bilas, Dick Vitale, Digger Phelps, and Hubert Davis began arguing and analyzing the tournament. With less than an hour to digest everything, the crew didn’t have a chance to predict the entire tournament, but they did make their Final Four selections. Those are below.

Jay Bilas went all chalk, picking all four No. 1 seeds to reach the Final Four. He has Kentucky beating Syracuse in the finals.

Dick Vitale had a few surprise teams in the Final Four. He picked Kentucky, (2) Missouri, (3) Florida State, and North Carolina to reach the Final Four. He picked Kentucky over North Carolina in the final game.

Digger Phelps also picked Florida State to reach the Final Four. He chose Kentucky, Michigan State, (3) FSU, (2) Kansas. He has Michigan St. over Kansas in the final game.

Hubert Davis‘ picks must be prefaced with the fact that he is partial to his alma mater, North Carolina. Like Bilas, Davis went all chalk picking all four No. 1 seeds to reach the Final Four. He has his school North Carolina beating Michigan St. in the final game.

Two analysts have Kentucky winning it all, and two have Michigan St. in the final game. Syracuse seemed to be the least popular top seed among their expert crew. Check back throughout the week to see the NCAA Tournament picks from the LBS staff.

Dick Vitale Hangs Up on The Dan LeBatard Show (Audio)

It was only a matter of time.  With all the rambling and adrenaline rushing Dick Vitale experiences on a daily basis, his system was bound to overload itself.  You may not have thunk it possible, but even the most opinionated man in college basketball has a boiling point that is capable of closing the valve.  That phenomenon happens when you talk about John Calipari or any of his other long-time coaching friends.  Check out this audio of Dick Vitale hanging up on The Dan LeBatard Show, courtesy of Los That Sports Blog:

I have to be honest, I didn’t see that coming.  Even when I knew what I was listening to I still didn’t think he was going to hang up.  The conversation never really seemed like it got heated enough to warrant a hang up, but I guess Dickie V was steaming enough to channel his inner Don Cooper.  What a good friend.

Dickie V ‘Eat Crow Baby’ Banner Helps VCU Pile it On

There have been few times in sports history where a team has made an analyst insert their foot in their mouth quite like VCU has done with Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas.  Both ESPN analysts completely ripped the selection committee for even putting the Rams in the field of 68.  While both were probably right and it can be easily argued that VCU had no right being in the tournament, that should not take away from what they have been able to do over the past couple weeks.

Now that they have defied all odds and reached the Final Four, VCU decided it would treat itself to a $2,000 banner to hang on its campus.  Not just any banner, however.  Check out the Dickie V Eat Crow Baby banner, courtesy of SI Hot Clicks:

Like it or not, VCU has a legitimate chance to reach the National Championship game despite losing to teams like Georgia State and Northeastern in the regular season.  Their fans have been partying in the streets, the school has shelled out money for banners to rag on analysts, and the Rams faithful appear to be thoroughly enjoying the ride.

Video: Dick Vitale Rips Selection Committee for VCU, Colorado Snub

Every year, no matter how large the field is, there will always be teams that complain about being left out. This time I have to agree with Dick Vitale who made the point that VCU has no business being in the NCAA tournament as an at-large selection. We included Colorado, Virginia Tech, and Harvard as our most notable snubs, and I have no doubt they were all much more deserving than VCU, and UAB for that matter.

VCU lost to Georgia State, South Florida, and Northeastern and was 23-11. UAB at least was the best team in C-USA during the regular season and lost to fairly respectable opponents. Still, VCU, are you kidding me?

Thanks to Awful Announcing for the video