We’ve got these notes that stayed in the dolphin-safe media net and wanted to swim free (again, after trying to figure out why the networks who pay MLB rights fees decided to ignore the Tampa Bay Rays this season, in a column linked here):
==NBC, fresh off the Ryder Cup coverage, has eight hours from the season-ending PGA Tour event, the Tour Championship in Atlanta (Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). As you may already know, Vijay Singh has clinched the trophy and the first place prize of $10 million. So how did Vijay do in the Ryder Cup? Must have missed his matches.
Ten members of the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team made this 30-player field: Anthony Kim, Phil Mickelson, Chad Campbell, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Stewart Cink, Kenny Perry, Steve Stricker, Ben Curtis and Jim Furyk. And Kim has a ridiculous four-stroke lead after the first round.
NBC broadcaster Dan Hicks had this quip about Kim, who grew up in Studio City: “There are players who are great players and there are players who are great and entertaining and Anthony Kim has that quality. He has charisma and the game to go with it. He has that Tiger thing going where you can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next.”
==FSN West has blocked out two hours to present taped coverage of last week’s AVP Manhattan Beach Open, starting Saturday with the men’s final (10 a.m.) and women’s final (11 a.m.). The tape-delayed coverage of the women’s finals that aired on Fox (KTTV Channel 11) on Sunday before its NFL coverage (or after the NFL game in some markets) did a 1.0 rating and 2 share.
==CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson, whose entire schedule of games this season will be SEC teams, including Saturday’s Tennessee-Auburn contest (12:30 p.m., Channel 2), says this about the conference (provided by a CBS press release): “Last week, of the top three games, five SEC teams were involved and they unbelievably exceeded expectations. Tennessee had a rough one, but the other four teams, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Auburn, really put on a show. They again solidified to the nation that when it comes to college football in 2008, nobody can match up with this conference.”
They left out the exclamation point.
==SCVTV in Santa Clarita will do the Alemany-Saugus contest tonight at 11 p.m. with Dave Caldwell and Tony Moskal.
==HBO airs a special “Costas Now” on Tuesday (9 to 10 p.m.), where Bob Costas continues a conversation with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays that spun off a live interview on the day after the July 15 MLB All-Star game and became a show unto its own. After a “townhall” meeting in New York segment on the state of baseball, Aaron and Mays stayed with Bob Costas for 40 more minutes to talk about a variety of subjects related to their careers for an HBO.com webscast. Most of that wasn’t aired, but will be the bulk of this special. Part of the conversation, Costas asks Aaron if he feels the fans today appreciate his hitting his 715th home run in 1974 to surpass Babe Ruth’s record and helping to change things for his race, and the human race, for the better: “I do,” said Aaron. “I sense that. I sense that the appreciation was late in coming, of course, but I think that most people appreciate what I’ve done. And that there were some hard times … that I really don’t talk about much because I had a daughter in college, and she was not allowed to leave campus for a year and a half. And then I had two kids in private school, and they were not allowed to leave. So it’s some things that I don’t try to bring up, because it’s hard for me to rehash that, really. And it should have been a glorious moment for me. It should have been a time when I think that I should have been happy and the same way, I think, that most ballplayers or athletes when they’re going after a record, you know. But I didn’t think too much of it.”
==Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Manny Steward call HBO’s coverage of Saturday’s Shane Mosley-Ricardo Mayorga and Andre Berto-Steve Forbes bouts from Home Depot Center in Carson on Saturday (7:30 p.m.)
== The NHL and All Sports Network (ASN) of Hong Kong announced a multi-year deal giving ASN rights to broadcast the NHL via all forms of television and IPTV throughout much of Asia, including the Indian sub-continent. Now, if only the NHL can figure out how to get their games to an American TV audience safely.
From the letters to the editor in the Sept. 29 issue of Sports Illustrated, in response to the Sept. 8 issue story (written for reasons we’re still not sure of) on Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully:
“I am among the countless Dodgers fans who, as a boy, slept with a transistor radio under his pillow, furtively listening to Scully. After I confessed my disobedience years later, my father feigned surprise and then said, ‘Son, why do you think you never had to change the batteries?’”
– Steve Ross, Sherman Oaks