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Dick Vitale nears retirement. Now that’s reason to rejoice

Published: June 29, 2013, 1:24 pm, by David Ramsey

ESPN college basketball announcer Dick Vitale recently told Dan Patrick he’s nearing retirement. This news brought joy to my heart. It was a welcome reminder that there is a God in heaven.

I’m exaggerating, but just a little. I adore basketball, but have suffered for decades through Vitale’s wildly over-the-top announcing style. As he shouted at the limits of his lung power, I often wanted to join him in shouting. I wanted to say, “The game is NOT all about you! And why don’t you turn down the volume, baby!”

What do you think of college basketball’s loud self-promoter?