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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

I hate Dick Vitale.

I hate his incessant and mostly irrelevant rants during ESPN telecasts. I hate his bias in favor of the ACC. I hate his cheerleading for all things Duke. I hate his uninformative offline and online “analysis.” I hate his commercials on behalf of DiGiorno pizza. And I hate his hand gestures.

I don’t love to hate him (as Red Sox Nation loves to hate the Yankees).

I hate to hate him. I wish I could like Vitale. I really do.

“Dickie V” has done wonders for college basketball. Perhaps more than any other individual, Vitale can be credited for raising the game’s profile and for March Madness’ ever-increasing popularity. Few sports have as visible a spokesman or as passionate an advocate. I’ll sure miss him when he’s gone.

But, try as I might, I’m unable to like him while he’s here. I hate Dick Vitale.