This is some totally awesome stunt casting, baby. The Disney XD toon Kick Buttowski — Suburban Daredevil has recruited ESPN college basketball maven Dick Vitale for a voice role in this Saturday's episode
ESPN college-basketball analyst Stacey Dales is retiring from her other job: forward for the WNBA's Chicago Sky. Dales, who also covers the NBA and college football for ESPN, played five years in the league and actually retired once before, between the 2004 and 2006 seasons and led the University of Oklahoma to the 2002 Women's Final Four. She'll continue to work for ESPN, including Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball championship game (April 7, 8:30 pm/ET, ESPN)....New York Mets third baseman David Wright makes his third appearance on Late Show with David Letterman next Monday (April 14, 11:35 pm/ET, CBS)....CBS' Billy Packer and ESPN's Dick Vitale have both been elected into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. They'll be inducted Nov. 23 in Kansas City, Missouri.UPDATE: On Monday, Vitale was also been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. In a statement, Vitale said: Goosebumps ran through my body whe...
Dick Vitale got a standing ovation before he even entered the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Feb. 6. Students waiting in line for that night's North Carolina-Duke game were cheering, "Dickie V! Dickie V!" as the popular and loquacious ESPN analyst arrived five hours before tip-off. Their cheering, he says, "brought me to tears."
This wasn't just the emotional candor sports fans have come to expect from college basketball's most famous voice. The 68-year-old Vitale was making his return to TV after two months in which he had undergone and recovered from throat surgery, followed a month later by a prostate operation.
"I feel like I am 12 years old again," Vitale says from his home in Sarasota, Florida. "When I was laid up, I felt like I was my age, and I don't ever want to feel that way again."
For three seasons, Vitale struggled with a raspy and hoarse throat, w
He's back, baby! College basketball's most famous voice returns to the airwaves Wednesday night, when Dick Vitale calls the North Carolina/Duke game (Feb. 6, 9 pm/ET, ESPN). The energetic sportscaster has been off the air for two months, recuperating from surgery to remove ulcerous lesions on his left vocal chord. Though the lesions turned out to be non-cancerous, "It was a very emotional time the last few months," a chatty Vitale said Monday on a conference call with reporters. "There was a moment there I thought Id never be behind a microphone again."Vitale had surgery on Dec. 18, following a few years of increasing throat problems. "Ive really gone though a tough, tough time," he says. "I did a great job of bluffing it
and I was able to get through the telecasts over the last couple years, but Im gonna tell you, every game I was a worried, nervous wreck as to what was coming out of my throat, because my throat was really a problem. It was really, really bo...
This just in from ESPN:"ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale had successful surgery today to treat ulcers on his left vocal chord. Vitale plans to return to the air in early February. He will continue to provide his college basketball observations on ESPN.com and dickvitaleonline.com while he recuperates. "'College basketball fans will miss Dick's enthusiasm in the coming weeks. But we are delighted to learn his surgery was a success and we all wish him a speedy recovery,' said ESPN president George Bodenheimer."