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Dick Vitale's 25 Years of Basketball Memories Hardcover – Sep 1 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (Sept. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582617384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582617381
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,079,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ESPN Basketball Announcer

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By A Customer on Nov. 8 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found this to be a fascinating review of the college basketball scene from a viewpoint rarely taken, from inside the "Coach K Waste Disposal Tunnel at Cameron Indoor Stadium," where many Duke fans in the media hang out, and discuss matters of interest to Duke athletic supporters. Dick Vitale really dares to go where no other living soul would.
Beyond that, Dick's use of hackneyed cliches sets the standards for a whole generation of 1-trick pony sports broadcasters yet to come. Kudos to Dick for having the courage to be an exemplar of stupidity, BABY!
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Format: Hardcover
Vitale holds court on all things college basketball and in doing so offers some nice tidbits about life in general. Living a Dream is much better than Holding Court, which he wrote with Weiss about ten years ago. Living a Dream is well-written and much more polished and organized. Chapter 7 on "Absent Friends" such as NC State's Jim Valvano is terrific. There's a foreword by Coach K for Duke fans. Dickie V is a colorful guy with something to say, and that shines through again in this book.
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By Ricky C on Nov. 7 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book contains a foreword written by a CLASS ACT, Mike Krzyzewski. Much unlike the classless Gary Williams, who refused to attend my barbeque ----- Perhaps this explains why can't pull recruits from his own backyard? This is described in detail in chapter 5. Mr Vitale is a pleasure to read. He describes his trips to Cameron Indoor and his friendly conversations with Coach K, Mike Dunleavy, and Wayne Gooch.
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By "jt1234" on Nov. 7 2003
Format: Hardcover
Self-parody at its finest
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Wonderful World of Vitale April 4 2005
By R. Spell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you like college basketball or Dick Vitale you'll enjoy this book. Dick spends quite a bit of time going through his humble beginnings at the embryonic Espn. Hard to remember it being a start-up. Actually he goes back further describing getting fired as a coach and what a mental challenge that was.

But this book is all about celebrating college basketball as seen through Dick Vitale's eyes. Yes, I'm aware he can be "over the top". But listening to him describe how much he loves his job and how much he is overpaid gives you an idea of just how much he loves waking up everyday and finding someone new to listen to him.

While a substantial amount of the book is about Dick, he also hits the major problems with the game today and what he would do to change them. Destined to be controversial, Dick Vitale makes an impact in his job and other peoples lives. Recently I attended a U of Louisville/U of Memphis game and right before the cameras start rolling Dick jumps out on the floor to dance to the band. I'm sure many people would find this foolish. But with his bald head and big smile, he brought the crowd to a standing ovation. He makes you have more fun and that's a great profession to be in.

Be forewarned that you can't read this book without the words sounding like their coming from Dick's mouth, similar to listening to the book on tape. I know that sounds weird but when you read it, you've heard the voice and the themes so many times that it becomes familiar to you. I've had the pleasure to meet Dick and let me assure you he is EXACTLY in person like you see on TV. A guy having fun and wanting everyone else to also.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
He's not just any Dick. He's Dick Vitale! Nov. 8 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found this to be a fascinating review of the college basketball scene from a viewpoint rarely taken, from inside the "Coach K Waste Disposal Tunnel at Cameron Indoor Stadium," where many Duke fans in the media hang out, and discuss matters of interest to Duke athletic supporters. Dick Vitale really dares to go where no other living soul would.
Beyond that, Dick's use of hackneyed cliches sets the standards for a whole generation of 1-trick pony sports broadcasters yet to come. Kudos to Dick for having the courage to be an exemplar of stupidity, BABY!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's Awesome, Baby! Dec 31 2005
By T. Rambo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for any college basketball fan. "Dickie V" lets every reader know what it feels like to experience big time college hoops from the best seat in the house. Also includes stories about Jim Valvano, Rick Pitino, Coach K, MJ, and everyone who has influenced his life in broadcasting over the last 25 years. Funny, heart-felt, inspiring, and down right a good read. You won't regret it.
Dick Vitale Living a Dream May 18 2014
By S. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wonderful read especially before he presented at the Boys Girls Club awards ceremony. Inspiring, uplifting, informative, thanks for a great read and fast shipping.
Great book March 10 2013
By D Goyette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It isn't a new book, just re-released because of the addition of Coach K's comments, but still a great book for basketball fans!


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