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March 04, 2002
March 04, 2002

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March 4, 2002

TV Talk

For 23 years Dick Vitale has worked at ESPN as a college
basketball analyst, and he's doing awesome, baby! Just ask him.
We did, and Vitale's abridged answers follow.

This is an article from the March 4, 2002 issue Original Layout

SI: Almost two years ago an off-duty fireman had to use the
Heimlich maneuver on you at a Devil Rays game. What happened?

Vitale: I was having dinner at their restaurant. I was choking
and turning colors. He came and gave me a bear hug. Beautiful
guy, too. I met Mr. Heimlich, by the way. He's in Cincinnati.

SI: Of all your pet phrases, do you have a favorite?

Vitale: I like "diaper dandy." A lot of parents bring their
babies to me and say, "Take a picture with him, Dickie V. He's a
real diaper dandy!"

SI: Is your seven-month-old granddaughter a diaper dandy?

Vitale: She's definitely a diaper dandy. She's the joy of my
life. I'm 62, but I'm acting 12. They just came out with a Dickie
V bobblehead doll. Did you see it?

SI: Are you better looking than the bobblehead doll?

Vitale: The doll is better looking because I'm one of the ugliest
suckers in America.

SI: Digger Phelps contemplated running for president in 2000. Do
you wish that he'd won?

Vitale: He told me he was going to make me the ambassador to
Italy. There was only one little problem--he didn't get the nod,
man.

SI: Who would win a free-throw-shooting contest: you or Billy
Packer?

Vitale: It would be a home run for me. I hit 17 in a row the
other day wearing shoes, a shirt and a tie. Tell Shaq he'd
better see me, man.

SI: What was it like to work with Pauly Shore in Jury Duty?

Vitale: He's a member of my all-wacko team. I don't think he even
knew who I was.

SI: If Bob Knight and Coach K went into a dark alley, who would
make it out?

Vitale: Knowing both guys, you'd see nothing but hugs, a love
affair.

SI: Finally, who's your favorite saint?

Vitale: St. Jude the miracle worker, without a doubt. I carry
St. Jude in my left pocket every day. If I lose the card, it's
panicville.

--P.M.

COLOR PHOTO: RICH ARDEN/ESPN