Dick Vitale Gets Everyone Pumped For College Basketball By Talking About Death

Videos by OutKick

What a hot start to the college basketball season from Dick Vitale and ESPN. There was Dickie V., the voice of college basketball, sitting in his home office rambling on about dying and being in the “final chapter” of life and wondering if he’ll ever jump into the arms of college students ever again.

“Just thinking with the hoops season starting if I ever will get the chance again to join the fans in the crowd as I have done in my 41 years,” Dick, 81, wrote Wednesday morning on Instagram. Dick’s motivational message posted early Wednesday was to “be around people who have a positive attitude” and to “be around people who look at the glass as half-filled.”

Whew! What a way to get the hoops season started while Illinois State and Ohio State try to get a game in and help ESPN push some advertising through as we close in on Black Friday. Thanks, Dick. You can tell from Dick’s voice that it’s crushing him not being able to sit courtside and talk about Duke, Jim Boeheim, Duke, how Rick Pitino’s looking at Iona, how Duke’s diaper dandies will handle life without the Cameron Crazies and any other stock stories Dick goes to during a game.

We’re going to need Dick to take some of his own advice because this talk about death and “final chapter” while we’re all watching college basketball has to stop. You can’t be hitting us with hard stuff like this, Dickie V. Let’s clean it up. Be positive!

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


Leave a Reply
  1. I equate “watching/listening to Dickie V” to eating a tube of Pringles.

    It can be addictive and you just keep puling those potato chips out of that round tube and poppin’ them in your mouth… until one day you don’t want another one … EVER. I ate my last Dickie V “Pringle” about five years ago. Honestly, I didn’t know he was still on-air.

Leave a Reply