Dick Vitale loves Lionel Richie and he wants the whole world to know. Repeatedly.


Dick Vitale was dancing on the ceiling Monday night. (File photo, Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale loves three things in life: shouting about college basketball, the Tampa Bay Rays and, apparently, Lionel Richie. However, after Monday night, the order of those three things might have to be re-arranged. Seeing Lionel Richie live in concert appears to have been a life-changing event.

Vitale is an avid user of Twitter, and his tweets read exactly as you imagine they would — full of exclamation marks and ALL CAPS, BABY. However, the Richie show Vitale took in Monday at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa (with special guest Cee-Lo!), moved Dickie V. to previously unimaginable heights of exuberance.

First, of course, Vitale got to do some meeting and greeting of the talent:

So far, fairly standard stuff, one celebrity getting photo-ops with a couple of others. Then the show began, as did a cavalcade of Vitale’s commentary. Get comfortable, because this is going to take some time.

That would be Dr. Steven Zeitels, a prominent surgeon specializing in throat and voice problems. And with that, Vitale was finally done tweeting for the night. Oh, except for one last thing:

Nowhere near as awesome, baby, as what you did.

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas.
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