There was a time Dick Vitale didn’t know if broadcasting was his future.
Yeah, that Dickie V. The color analyst we know better than any in basketball. A guy who spawned a whole list of nicknames that became common parlance among fans. An accomplished announcer who, next month, will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Vitale got his start on ESPN when it was a fledging network. Not even close to national. No family of networks.
Working alongside Vitale, calling play-by-play from center court, was Fred White.
LAWRENCE — So, where were you at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday?
Actually by that time, Kansas basketball fans were rejoicing.
Andrew Wiggins declared himself a Jayhawk six minutes earlier than his scheduled announcement. Me? I was in the bathroom. Thought I timed the break perfectly. Turns out I didn’t, but I learned of the decision soon enough.
Used to be we were on pins and needles over this sort of thing. Now, we’re on Twitter.
In the case of Wiggins, the nation’s top recruit kept his announcement so secretive, even KU coach Bill Self learned the news monitoring tweets.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The most striking amenity in Cowboys Stadium hangs above the raised basketball floor being used for the NCAA Tournament.
The 60-yard video board is longer than the court. For football, it stretches from the 20-yard line to 20-yard line. For basketball, it could revolutionize the Final Four when that event is contested here next season.
“This is unlike other big stadiums for basketball, where if you’re not in the first 10 rows, it’s like watching a bunch of little ants running around,’’ said ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, a Dallas resident.