It’s Awesome, Baby!


Throughout his 34-year Hall of Fame broadcasting career Dick Vitale has announced a number of Iowa State games and spoke highly of the mystique of Hilton Coliseum. He has never called a game in Ames and hasn’t experienced “Hilton Magic” first hand. That will all change on Nov. 17 when Vitale and broadcast partner Dave O’Brien call the Cyclones game against Michigan.

Vitale actually called the Dec. 19, 1992 Iowa State-Michigan game which was played at The Palace at Auburn Hills. That was Fred Hoiberg’s sophomore year and the Cyclones fell to the “Fab-5” led Wolverines, 94-72. Hoiberg scored 13 points on 5-of-6 field-goal shooting  for Iowa State, which had defeated Mercer the night before in Ames.

It is believed by Director of Athletics Communications Mike Green that the last Iowa State game that Vitale called was the 1997 loss against Kansas at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

Hilton Coliseum was already expected to be rocking when the Wolverines visited and with Dickie V in town it should only add to the magic. As Vitale himself would say, “It’s gonna be awesome, baby, with a capital A!”


About Matt Shoultz

I'm in my 12th year at Iowa State and fourth as communications director for men's basketball. I have worked with football, women's basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and swimming since arriving at Iowa State. I am a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a Litchfield, Minn. native. I look forward to sharing the tales of Iowa State athletics with you all. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at I'm on twitter @mjshoultz. Go Cyclones!
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3 Responses to It’s Awesome, Baby!

  1. Pingback: Dick Vitale Calling Michigan-ISU at Hilton - Page 2

  2. Bill says:

    You should hand out Dick Vitale’s face on a stick to all the folks in the student section. Maybe a choreographed “It’s Awesome Baby!” after a particularly good play by ISU. Dick enjoys and develops an affinity for the students who respectfully embrace his persona.


  3. Wow, pretty awesome!


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