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Rays fan Dick Vitale blasts team over split-season proposition

Tampa Bay Rays superfan Dick Vitale is not at all happy with the team over the split-season concept they have floated.

The Rays last week went public with the idea they are considering having two homes and playing half a season in the Tampa area and the other half in Montreal.

Vitale, who has been a longtime Rays fan, ripped the team on Twitter Tuesday over the idea.

Part of the Rays’ proposal includes the Tampa area giving them a new stadium that is open air because the team would only play there the first half of the season. Such a stadium would be cheaper to build than a dome or retractable roof, which is why it was suggested. But Vitale is not a fan of that idea, nor the concept as a whole.

While the Rays have had major attendance issues and need a change, this is a reminder that a plan like the one proposed might not resolve things so much as agitate it further.

Dick Vitale complains about college 3-point line after Villanova dominates

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Villanova set a Final Four record in its dominating win over Kansas on Saturday night, and Dick Vitale is hoping that record is one that is never matched or broken in the future.

The Wildcats punched their ticket to the NCAA championship game by attempting a whopping 40 3-pointers and converting 18 of them. After the game, Vitale called for the 3-point line to be pushed back and the lane to be widened to encourage more inside play.

Vitale later elaborated during his appearance on “SportsCenter” and in an Instagram post.

“…firmly believe the rules committee MUST MOVE 3 pt line back to International line 22’1 “/ also widen lane from 12’ to 16’ the game is too boring / just running to the line & shooting 30 / 40 3’s / need more cutting / driving,” he wrote.

Villanova only hit 4 of 24 three-pointers in its Elite Eight win over Texas Tech, so obviously the Wildcats are able to beat teams in other ways. And on Saturday, even the Lawrence Police took shots at the Jayhawks over how poorly they were shooting from the field. Still, Vitale isn’t the only one who feels the 3-pointer has become too big of a part of the college game. Pushing the line back might help limit some of that.

Dick Vitale not happy with Rays over cost-cutting offseason

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ESPN analyst Dick Vitale is not happy with the Rays over their latest cost-cutting moves.

Vitale is a longtime season ticket holder of the Tampa Bay MLB franchise. He is a passionate fan and was not happy when the team traded Evan Longoria earlier this offseason. But when the team traded Jake Odorizzi and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment over the weekend, that was enough to push Vitale over the edge.

He was critical of the team in some tweets and complained about the product they will be offering to ticket holders.

It’s hard not to agree with Vitale and all other complaining fans. The Rays’ latest moves are clear signs of their intention for the upcoming season, which is to not compete. It’s hard to be excited about your team’s season when you see this sort of thing happen.

Angry Mayweather-McGregor viewers voice complaints over streaming service failures

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With an event as big as the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight Saturday night in Las Vegas, you’d expect every entity involved — especially the broadcasters — to be on its A game. Months of preparation were poured into this fight.

As the undercard began and proceeded, however, it became clear there were quite a few angry viewers out there. ESPN is reporting the fight has been delayed to account for broadcasting issues.

UFC Fight Pass caught the most heat. The streaming service, which cost $100, was overloaded. It couldn’t handle the influx, and many viewers were blocked from watching the fights.

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Shaq, Dick Vitale call out LaVar Ball over price of Lonzo’s signature shoe

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LaVar Ball may just have a couple more feuds with prominent basketball figures on his hands.

In a tweet on Thursday, Hall of Fame center-turned-TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal called out Ball over the $495 price tag for son Lonzo’s signature shoe.

The shoe, made independently by the Ball family company, Big Baller Brand, was officially unveiled earlier in the day and got hit with some major memes.

Of course, O’Neal has a history of offering affordable signature shoes, both with Reebok and his own Shaq brand, which he references in the tweet.

Legendary sportscaster Dick Vitale also took an opportunity to shade the Ball family patriarch in a tweet on Thursday.

By now, LaVar has started beef at just about every level of basketball, from high school coaches to NBA superstars and everyone in between. While he has always been about building his family’s brand, that’s difficult to do when you’re turning off so many people with words and actions alike.

Even Dick Vitale surprised by Grayson Allen’s brief suspension

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You know something is off when even Duke homer Dick Vitale is surprised by something emanating from the Blue Devils’ program.

Many observers were surprised to see that Grayson Allen’s previously termed “indefinite” suspension for repeated tripping incidents only lasted one game. Duke lost to Virginia Tech without Allen, so the Blue Devils activated the junior guard for their game Wednesday against Georgia Tech.

Duke was mocked across the internet by those pointing out how soft the discipline was for Allen. Even ESPN’s Vitale wrote this on Twitter:

It’s awfully hard to teach a player a lesson if you’re letting him back into the lineup after he missed one game, which the team lost. The perception is that winning matters more than disciplining a player for repeated wrongdoing.

Duke was certainly thankful to have Allen back on Wednesday, as he scored 15 points in a 110-57 blowout win.

Was Dick Vitale not wearing pants during ESPN appearance?

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Dick Vitale makes scheduled appearances on SportsCenter during the NCAA Tournament, and most of the time it appears like he is sitting at his home in Florida or some sort of private office. Does that mean he has the luxury of not having to wear pants?

Shortly before his ESPN appearance on Sunday night, Vitale shared a photo of himself sitting at a desk. Was he not wearing pants, or is it just the way the light was hitting his leg?

It sure looks to me like Vitale had his shirt untucked, at the very least. And considering he is only shown from about the midsection down while on camera, it would not be a surprise if Dickie V. let his 75-year-old legs hang out during interviews. The guy has already been smooching actresses during the NCAA Tournament. Might as well go the distance.

H/T SB Nation

Ashley Judd defends Dick Vitale kiss

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By now you have likely seen the infamous photo of Dick Vitale planting a kiss on Kentucky super fan Ashley Judd at the SEC Tournament over the weekend. The original photo sure makes it look like Dickie V. caught the 46-year-old actress off guard, but Judd insists that was not the case.

During an appearance on MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts, Judd explained that she and Vitale were simply having fun together.

“Dick Vitale is one of my favorite human beings,” Judd explained. “He is an advocate for a sport that I love and he has been an unflinching voice for a long time. We became friends at the SEC Tournament and he’s covered some road games for Kentucky, so I had a chance to meet him there.

“My mother and sister used to always do this thing when they were taking a picture with someone. Right when the snap was made they would kiss on the cheek. So I did that with Dick. He’s like an uncle to me. I adore him. His wife is one of the most lovely human beings. So I’m disappointed that it’s been misinterpreted.”

For what it’s worth, that explanation seems to make sense for the photo you see above. But what about the lip smooch? Did Judd and Dickie V. both go for the kiss on the cheek at the same time and surprise each other? We may never know.

Ashley Judd and Dick Vitale kiss at Kentucky game

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Dick Vitale, you sly devil, you.

Dickie V. is buddies with actress Ashley Judd, who has long been known for being a huge Kentucky Wildcats supporter. She is a fan of the basketball team and frequently attends their games. Vitale being one of the faces of college basketball and all is friends with Judd and decided to go Richard Dawson on Judd by stealing a good luck kiss from her prior to Sunday’s SEC Tournament championship game, which UK won 78-63.

Looks like Judd’s prediction about UK going 34-0 was accurate (not that it was too tough of a prediction to make).

Dick Vitale: ‘I will absolutely miss’ not calling Duke-North Carolina

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For probably the first time in his life, Dick Vitale didn’t have a lot to say when reached by phone for an interview.

The coach-turned-broadcaster spoke with the Raleigh News & Observer’s Andrew Carter Monday about being pulled from broadcasting Wednesday Duke-North Carolina basketball game, which will mark the first time since 1979 he will not call a rivalry game between the teams for ESPN.

Carter says Dickie V. was at a loss for words.

“I told them that I cannot lie when a writer asks me what’s my feeling not doing the game,” he said. “I said I have to be honest. And my honest reply to you is, obviously, I’m a loyal, team player. I will go where my bosses tell me to go.

“But in my heart I will absolutely miss being a part of North Carolina-Duke.”

Dickie V. has earned the nickname “Dukie V.” for the affection he expresses towards Duke when he broadcasts games. He loves mixing it up with the crowds and even going crowd surfing at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

All that will be gone now, and it leaves Vitale sad but filled with fond memories.

“It’s been a special part of my basketball and my announcing career,” Vitale said. “And I will never forget the magical moments that I’ve had, being able to be part of such an incredible of rivalry.”

Instead of calling Wednesday’s Duke-Carolina game that Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will broadcast for ESPN, Vitale will call Tuesday’s Kentucky-Tennessee game. It’s an excellent game, but it’s not the same as Duke-Carolina. You have to figure that this is a really painful moment for the 75-year-old.