Again, today’s media column (linked here), and …
==The next “Real Sports” on HBO (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) has a story on new Fox NFL studio analyst Michael Strahan (from Frank Deford), but also a piece from Bernard Goldberg called “Childhood Lost,” on how India’s production of more than one million hand-stiched soccer balls (most sent to the U.S.) are still made by children as young as 6 years old. The fortunate ones are paid cents a day for their work; the rest see nothing at all, because they’ve been sold into debt bondage and are forced to work as indentured servants.
==The NFL Network’s “Classic Game” of the week (tonight, 6 p.m.) is the 1975 NFC Division playoff contest between Dallas and Minnesota, dubbed “The Hail Mary Game” (linked here). The Cowboys got the ball with only 1:51 left, down by four, on their own 15-yard line. With 24 seconds left in the game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach threw the 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson , which Staubach dubbed a “Hail Mary” — the first time that term was used to describe such a play.
==Another NFL Net feature to pay attention to: “NFL Replay Real Time,” which debuted Monday (4:30 p.m.) (linked here), was able to show 52 of the 56 touchdowns scored in the Week 1 Sunday afternoon games in a one-hour replay. Think of the show “24,” and apply it to football. Every play has a time stamped on the screen. If Brett Favre throws a touchdown pass at 1:06 PM, and Devin Hester returns a punt for a touchdown at 1:11 PM, the viewer sees this replays unfold as they transpired.
==KLCS-Channel 58 (linked here) has a “Kickoff Show” airing Sunday at 1 p.m., previewing City section football season (Randy Rosenbloom and the wildly photogentic Eric Sondheimer), followed at 2:30 p.m. by the City Volleyball preview show (Rosenbloom with Wild Will Reinhart). The shows will run in the same time period for the next month. This is the 12th year in a row that KLCS has showcased a preview on City football in L.A. and the third year for volleyball.
==Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sensation on the track, has an appearance booked on “Late Show with David Letterman” on … Sept. 24, so you’ve got a ways to wait.
==NBA TV, going into its 10th anniversary, will do an interactive “fan night” when it starts the first of its 96 regular-season games on Nov. 1, with Washington-Detroit. Starting on Oct. 28, fans can pick which game the network should air on Tuesday nights. NBA TV also has a free preview week from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4.