5 Grievances With College Basketball Analyst Dick Vitale

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5 Grievances With College Basketball Analyst Dick Vitale

5 Grievances With College Basketball Analyst Dick Vitale
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The college basketball season is about to kick into full gear, which is great news for fans all across the country. Of course, college basketball taking up more of the sports spotlight is not without its drawbacks, and one of the biggest drawbacks is the increased presence of ESPN analyst Dick Vitale, who is one of the most polarizing people in sports and one of the most insufferable sportscasters of our time.

Vitale is one of the most recognizable people in sports, but that’s not necessarily the case because he’s great at what he does; there’s a large faction of college basketball fans that can’t tolerate him, and on behalf of those people, we have come up with a list of our five biggest grievances with Vitale and the job he does as a college basketball analyst. It shouldn’t be taken as a personal insult of Vitale, just an honest complaint of the things we dislike about him and his style of broadcasting.

Vitale certainly has his virtues, and he has made a significant contribution to the game of basketball, which is why he’s in the Hall of Fame, but that doesn’t negate all the ways in which he annoys, bothers, and gets under the skin of college basketball fans who get sick of hearing him broadcast games throughout the season. For many college basketball fans, Vitale is tough to listen to for a two-hour broadcast, and he makes watching a game on television less enjoyable for a variety of reasons. Here are those reasons.

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5. He's More Fan Than Analyst

5. He's More Fan Than Analyst
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For someone who used to be a coach, one would think that Vitale would have a better understanding of the game that he could pass on to viewers; instead, he just bounces around, yelling and screaming like a fan. ESPN might as well invite a member of the student section to be the color analyst for a game, because it would essentially be the same as having Vitale there. Those of us watching at home can tell when the crowd is going wild; we don’t need Vitale mimicking them to figure it out.

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4. He's Disrespectful of Lesser Teams

4. He's Disrespectful of Lesser Teams
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For the record, we’re all guilty of this. We dismiss teams that we’ve never heard of and call them cupcakes even though we’ve probably never even seen them play. But for someone who claims to love college basketball as much as Vitale does, one would think he wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss teams? After all, those kids practice and play as hard as the players at powerhouse programs, even though they know they won’t be playing basketball after college.

Furthermore, as an analyst shouldn’t Vitale be able to know a little something about many of the mid majors and small programs in the country? Instead, he just dismisses the early-season schedules of powerhouse programs as “Cupcake City”, which is so insulting to the small programs that work hard to get better and aren’t afraid to play top competition, especially when it comes from a noteworthy person in the college basketball world like Vitale. Besides, once upon a time no one had ever heard of programs like Butler, Creighton, or Gonzaga and they turned into name-brand programs. If Vitale were a better analyst, he’d be able to tell us which programs have a chance to become the next Butler or Gonzaga, and not just dismiss all of them.

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3. He's Too Much of a Homer

3. He's Too Much of a Homer
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Whether it’s true or not, Vitale does come off as a homer, which is something all broadcasters need to be cognizant of and work hard to avoid. Granted, fans are over sensitive and irrational, but you don’t get a nickname like “Dukie V” overnight, so there is some legitimacy to the claim that he favors some schools over others, especially the schools along Tobacco Road.

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2. He's Loud and Unintelligible

2. He's Loud and Unintelligible
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Raise your hand if you’ve even been unable to understand what Vitale is saying? I’m just going to assume that everybody’s hand is in the air right now. Vitale has this annoying tendency of getting so loud that he’s impossible to understand. It’s good to be enthusiastic, but Vitale takes it way too far. His energy can be infectious, but not through the television screen, so the high volume of his voice is wasted on the home audience. It may be genuine excitement, but Vitale is too loud and it’s a problem.

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1. His Stupid Catch Phrases

1. His Stupid Catch Phrases
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For someone who’s been in broadcasting as long as Vitale has, one would think he could come up with some new material and would have updated his repertoire. But sadly, he hasn’t. We’re still hearing the same “PT Player” and “Diaper Dandy” catch phrases that we heard from him more than a decade ago. When you use the same words and phrases to describe different players year after year, they tend to lose meaning, and they get tiring to listen to, which is exactly what has happened with Vitale and all of his patented catch phrases.


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  • Jonathan Rudd

    He is the most annoying, suck up to Dook commentator there ever was. If Coach K stopped short, Vitale would be up his butt. I cannot wait til he retires!!!

  • Papi

    DICK has been yelling and carrying on about minutia for over 30 years !! Enough, BABY… ENOUGH !!