Dick Vitale’s “Diaper Dandies” are no more!
That’s right. With more than 35 NCAA basketball games now under their belts, Vitale’s “Diaper Dandies” have grown quickly out of the toddler stage and have now become full fledged men!
As we approach the Sweet 16 Round of the annual NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship, Dickie V’ once highly touted, precocious freshmen have grown up quickly and matured into experienced college basketball stars.
In today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog, I take a closer look at Dick Vitale’s well-known basketball expression – “Diaper Dandies.”
As a colorful sportscaster, Dickie V has always had a talent for coining popular, but sophomoric phrases. College basketball fans can easily recite and apply Vitale’s extensive, cliché-laden vocabulary.
Thanks to ESPN’s Vitale, fans understand that a P.T.P. is that special Prime Time Player. They also know who’s on everybody’s All Rolls Royce Team.
Even more, fans know a Dow Joneser is a talented up-and-down performer on the basketball court.
For a former coach who speaks in corny sentences, leave it to Vitale to connect baby diapers with highly recruited college basketball freshmen.
The term “Diaper Dandies” became famous when Vitale named Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant to this highly respect breed. His connection created one of the college sports world’s most recognized nicknames – the Diaper Dandy.
Vitale generously applied the same “Diaper Dandies” label to this crop of fabulous freshmen, many of whom have enjoyed the opportunity to shine in this year’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Exciting freshmen guards D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State and Melo Trimble of Maryland may have both prematurely exited this year’s March Madness. But, their maturity and talent on the court were never questioned.
The same applies to those standouts who still remain in the running for college basketball’s biggest prize.
Blue blood programs Kentucky and Duke boast the most “Diaper Dandies” of those schools that remain in the Sweet 16 field.
Kentucky may showcase a deeper roster of fabulous frosh in big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles as well as fantastic first year guards in Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker.
However, three elite emerging newbies hail from Durham, NC’s campus and arguably are the best of the bunch when playing together. Perhaps the best frosh in the nation, Jahlil Okafur, is supported by two additional freshmen in standout guard Tyus Jones and multi-talented wing Justice Winslow.
Vitale may have labelled this group “Diaper Dandies.” However, at this stage in the season, nothing n their games remotely suggest that Kentucky’s and Duke’s freshmen haven’t shed the metaphorical diapers in order to compete as strong and talented young men for a national championship.
Now that’s my 2 cents!
MIKE on sports!