If you watch a lot of college basketball -- and yeah, you're reading this, so you do -- then you know ESPN analyst Dick Vitale has lent his support to a variety of memorially inclined naming initiatives in the past. His most recent effort has involved pushing Indiana to name its arena after former coach (and now fellow ESPN analyst) Bob Knight.
So perhaps it's ironic that Vitale is now the recipient of his own court honor. On Wednesday, Detroit announced that it would name its floor after the iconic broadcaster. The ceremony will take place Dec. 5 during a nationally televised game vs. St. John's, which just so happens to be the 32nd anniversary of Vitale's first college hoops broadcast for ESPN.
Before you knew Vitale as one of the men that made college hoops famous, he was the coach at Detroit from 1973 to 1977, where he coached the Titans to a 79-29 record. In 1978, he moved to the NBA, where he briefly coached the Detroit Pistons. In 1979, ESPN executives -- tasked with finding someone to broadcast games for the fledgling network's new college hoops coverage -- asked Vitale to give it a shot. He's been crushing it ever since.
In other words, way to go, Detroit. A very cool honor for a very cool guy, one Vitale said "will probably move me to tears." Yeah, I'd say that's a safe bet.