College Basketball and 'Cult of the Coach'

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There are some games that lead a viewer to worry for Dick Vitale's sanity, and there are others that lead you to worry about his health. When Vitale is tasked, as part of his ESPN duties, to crank up the Oh Baby Machine for some root canal of a Virginia Tech/Florida State game, it's natural to start to worry for the dude's mind -- all those backrimmed jumpers and chunked foul shots, all while Vitale tries deliriously to keep his signature delight aloft by telling stories about having lunch with Leonard Hamilton or (if all else fails) telling stories about bygone Duke backcourts and their stellar character, what fine men they've become.



And then there are the actual exciting games, when Vitale doesn't have to fake it, and when the full college hoops...

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