Earlier this week, legendary sports announcer Verne Lundquist ruffled a few feathers when he proclaimed that ESPN’s Dick Vitale was more of an “acquired taste” than some of the other big-time college basketball analysts on television. While fans have always seemed to have a love/hate relationship with Vitale, it was interesting to hear someone in the industry make such a statement.
Friday morning, Vitale took to Twitter to respond to Lundquist. As is always the case with Vitale, he kept it positive, taking the high road.
I’ve been a big fan of Verne Lundquist 4 yrs -Love his spirit-Found out he is not one of my fans that’s cool -Love my bride & she gets on me
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 7, 2014
If there’s anyone who knows how to handle criticism, it’s Vitale. And at 74 years of age, he certainly isn’t going to change his style now – it’s what has made him so successful, whether Lundquist appreciates it or not.