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Hey, DV, lower the volume!
William Taaffe
May 14, 1984
ESPN's Dick Vitale may not speak softly, but he carries a big shtick
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May 14, 1984

Hey, Dv, Lower The Volume!

ESPN's Dick Vitale may not speak softly, but he carries a big shtick

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Unfortunately, that's precisely where this particular roller-coaster goes off the tracks. Vitale comes prepared and is reasonably insightful, at least to the casual fan, but unlike Madden he isn't first and foremost an imparter of information. He's essentially an entertainer. Not that an analyst can't entertain, it's simply that the balance must tilt toward analysis.

But no. Vitale tends to relate everything to himself. Does Michael Jordan put on a move? Michael's mother kissed Vitale for saying nice things about her son. Is Rollie Massimino coaching tonight? Rollie and Vitale rapped in a restaurant last week. Refreshing initially, Vitale and his lingo eventually wear thin. You hear his entire bag the first few starts, then endless repetition. In the name of all that's holy, how often can Dr. J be described as "Mo-bile, a-gile and not fra-gile"? And loud? You've never heard loud until you've heard VITALE-LOUD. Unless somebody reins him in, we'll all get a big D, for deafness.

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