He's shelved until early Februrary at the earliest
Letter to my fans
SPECIAL TO ESPN.COM
To: My favorite people, all of the fans who make college basketball special!
From: Dick Vitale
During the past month and a half, I have had a very difficult time with discomfort in my throat. Personally, I want to apologize to all of the fans and all of the beautiful people at ESPN who have been fantastic to me during my 29 years working at the network.
I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people, especially my current teammates, Dan Shulman, Doris Burke, coordinating producer Dan Steir and director Doug Holmes, whom have all been so understanding and supportive.
The past six weeks have been very emotional for me and for my family as we've visited some of the most outstanding throat specialists. Fortunately, I am currently under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Deems in Sarasota, Fla. and he is an outstanding ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Deems strongly recommended that I visit Dr. Steven Zeitels, who is recognized as one of the premier throat and voice specialists in the nation.
Dr. Zeitels serves as the director for the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. After an examination, it was determined that I had lesions on my left vocal cord and that they should be surgically removed. Dr. Zeitels said his goal is to have me back sitting at courtside in early February.
There is nothing professionally that I love better than sharing insights about the players and coaches that make college basketball so unique. I can't wait to get back with all my colleagues at ESPN. Visiting college campuses and interacting with the fans has kept me so young and energized. I can't wait to get back out there, having a blast with all of you, who are so vital to our game.
I am so proud to have started at ESPN back in 1979, where I have met so many beautiful people who have been so kind and fair to me and my family. Now more than ever, I have seen how special the people at ESPN are, starting with president George Bodenheimer, as they have genuinely been fantastic to me in dealing with this little bump in the road.
Once again, happy holidays to each and every one of you. Thanks so much for your tremendous support during my tenure with ESPN. I will be updating my Web site with basketball tidbits concerning the various teams, players and coaches during my rehabilitation process. This is already a dynamite hoop season and I cannot wait for March Madness.
P.S.: If you want to lend me a helping hand, go to dickvitaleonline.com and during this holiday season, help me assist kids that are battling cancer by making a donation to the V Foundation in memory of Payton Wright. You can send a check in care of the V Foundation and mail it to Tandem Enterprises, 7810 Mathern Court, Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 34202. Or you can call (800) 4-JIMMYV and please indicate that your donation is in memory of Payton Wright.
My goal is to raise $1 million for the Payton Wright research grant to help kids battling cancer.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.
Let's Goooooooooooooooooooooooooo Mountaineers
I thought he had been sounding like he was struggling the last few weeks on his weekly visits to M&M.
I agree, he's been a tough listen too lately, some may since since 79'.
Let's Goooooooooooooooooooooooooo Mountaineers
The guy means well and is doing tons for cancer research, but god damn he is annoying.
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1RD. #5 Matt Ryan (QB - Boston College)
2RD. #35 Sam Baker (OT - USC)
3RD. #66 Mike Pollak (C - Arizona St.)
1RD. #3 Aaron Curry (OLB - Wake Forest)
3RD. #67 Kraig Urbik - (G/T - Wisconsin)
Can't say I'm surprised that Vitale's having throat problems, the way he constantly pushes his voice.
I recently came across some old footage of the Pistons championship vs. the Blazers back in '90 and Dick Vitale was providing the color commentary (for those of you who don't remember, Vitale wasn't always exclusively college).
Anyway, he hadn't yet become the "Dickie V" character that he is now and it was simply amazing to hear the difference in his voice from back then as compared to now. He was actually somewhat palatable.
Well, even though he's not one of my favorites, he does seem like a good guy and I hope he makes a full recovery.
ďIím definitely not about to let my team lose two games in a row to Michigan.
Itís just not going to happen. Iím not going to let my team do that."
-- Kalin Lucas
Michigan State Football: Big Ten Champs 2010
"Godd@mnit woman, you only shoot people when they're eatin' supper." - Boyd Crowder
Whoa hope he gets better, I didn't even know about this.