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Having fun in La-La land


Well, I'm having a blast out here in Los Angeles. It's been fun city and awesome with a capital A!

I had the opportunity to see some great tennis as Tommy Haas won the Mercedes Benz Open. I also was able to sit in the booth with Patrick McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale. I have to leave it to those nice, quiet guys to do tennis commentating because I'm just a little too loud. I get worked up because of the excitement and drama that college basketball brings to the forefront in almost every game, baby!

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Jimmy Kimmel is a great guy and has a wonderful staff.
Also while in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Kimmel is a phenomenal guy, young talented and full of energy. While on the Kimmel show, I met Jay Mohr, the hilarious host of Last Comic Standing and he's one funny dude. He did a Dickie V impersonation that I had to give a perfect 10. I just want to thank Kimmel and his people for showing me a great time. They treated me with the highest respect and helped me out a lot, baby!

While I was on the show I shared my thoughts on a host of subjects including ESPN celebrating their silver anniversary. It's absolutely amazing that I've been able to be a part of such a special group of people for so long. I remember when ESPN was just a single trailer and now they have so many different companies like ESPN.com, ESPN the Magazine, ESPN Deportes, ESPN the Store and the list goes on.

For a company to have this type of phenomenal success it has to have great leadership and we do. ESPN and ABC sports president George Bodenheimer has an amazing amount of drive and desire, which has led him from being a driver for the company to being named the most powerful man in sports by the Sporting News. Despite all his success, he still remains a classy guy and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Mr. Bodenheimer has surrounded himself with talented and creative people like Mark Shapiro. This guy is a creative genius! He's taken ESPN to new heights with his outstanding programming and brilliant ideas.

I also met Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. My wife and I are big fans of them and their music, baby! Meeting them was great because I was able to see firsthand what classy and wonderful people they are. Even though they're musical superstars, they were as normal and nice as a couple could be.

Now I'm headed out to Baltimore to speak at a convention for the company Medifast. While I'm there my grandchildren and I will take a tour of Camden Yards. So far this is shaping up to be an amazing and fun summer, baby!

Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979 (he's been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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