It’s not in the playbook


The Associated Press

NAMPA, Idaho — A high school football player accused of punching his coach and leaving him with broken bones in the face has been charged with felony aggravated battery.

Kipton Ramos, 18, who was arrested Thursday night, did not make a plea when he appeared in District Court on Friday, and is being held in the Canyon County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Officials said Scott Wooldridge, coach of the Nampa High Bulldogs, tried to break up a fight between Ramos and a player from Emmett High School at the end of Thursday’s game. A school district spokeswoman told the Idaho Press-Tribune that Ramos punched Wooldridge as the coach tried to restrain him.

Wooldridge was treated and released from a hospital Thursday night. Police say Woolridge was punched more than once and had a broken nose and broken bones around his right eye socket.

According to witnesses, players piled on each other after Emmett tried an onside kick as the clock ran out in Nampa’s 28-16 victory. A Nampa player standing on the field but not involved in the play was hit in the back by an Emmett player, who was not penalized.

Nampa players who saw it reacted.

Ramos, a running back and defensive end, had been penalized by an official for unsportsmanlike conduct before Wooldridge intervened, said John Billetz, executive director of the Idaho High School Activities Association. The penalty means Ramos was ejected and must also miss the team’s next game.

A spokesman said Ramos has been kicked off the team and suspended from school for five days. The Bulldogs, runner-up in the 4A state playoffs last season, begin postseason play next week.

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The media learning curve: Oct. 24-31


It was a productive week at the Media Learning Center, even with some issues that we didn’t even care to tackle because of the fact, well, who really cares?

We feel smarter, and it’s not at the expense of someone else’s blunder. OK, Danyelle? Why jump all over here, when TNT’s Charles Barkley said something even more ridiculous, about Isiah Thomas. (linked here).

For now, we’ll review what we know about the media from the last seven days:

== As context to the column on Petros Papadakis (linked here), we have his schedule of work this week (linked here), then a buttload of more photos from his appearance on the “Best Damn Sports Show Period” tonight on FSN West (linked here) that’s sure to scare the living Hollywood Halloween out of you.

== L.A.’s NFL Week 9 TV guide: A Charger- and Raider-free viewing zone, so sleep away the afternoon until New England-Indy shows up on Channel 4 (linked here).

== L.A.’s college football Week 10 TV guide: Don’t mess with Texas. Or Texas Tech. Don’t you just Lubbock? (linked here).

== What does Fox do to improve its World Series ratings, which hit an all-time low? Reinvent the wheel of misfortune (linked here) by going old-school (beyond what McCarver may even think).

== By the way, Fox’s spin on Game 4 1/2 of the World Series: Appreciate what you just witnessed — it was historic! (like watching a storm wipe out a village) (linked here). Also, everyone loves to blame Fox for the mess of the ’08 World Series in total, but is it fair (linked here).

== A lot of folks (relatively) watched the Breeders’ Cup (linked here).

== Slamball makes a network run — actually, one time, Sunday, 3 p.m., Channel 2 (linked here).

== More detail than anyone should have to know about why ESPN planned a “Monday Night Football” game in Washington DC on the night before the national elections (linked here).

== Why if Chris Berman happens to refer to Obama as “Osama,” it wouldn’t be the first time an ESPN guy did it this week (linked here).

== On who has put Kobe Bryant on the cover of their magazines, and why some seem more artworthy than others (linked here).

== ESPN’s X Games finally gives equal pay to those who don’t have added schnozzle on their snowboard (linked here).

== NFL broadcasters have started to whine to Roger Goodell (linked here).

== Did you get the free taco that was promised to you from watching the World Series (linked here).

== If you find yourself Googling Doris Burke more often these days, it’s not only legal, but you aren’t alone (linked here).

== You heard about these senators still harping about the NFL and its’ NFL Network airing games (linked here).


== If we ever hear Trevor Denman (left) utter the phrase “Booyah” during a horse race, we’ll never watch the Sport of Kings, Queens and Deadbeats again (linked here).

== Does exposure on TV help you get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and does that help you on your resume when searching for a new job (i.e., Joe Theismann) (linked here).

==FSN’s college hoops package doesn’t start until later this month, but we have the schedule (and some dandy shots of USC and UCLA cheerleaders of the court) (linked here).

== The new element of NBA TV: You pick the Tuesday game (linked here). The followup: Boston-Houston won, with more than 60 percent of the vote, and will air on Election night.

== And other news of note (linked here).

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It’s not like Steve Young is related to Brigham Young or anything … or Jeff Kent is cranky


NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN analyst Steve Young and his wife are publicly opposing a state ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in California.

Steve and Barbara Young have posted yard signs in front of their Palo Alto home urging a no vote on Proposition 8. Barbara Young has also donated about $50,000 to defeat the measure.

Young, a prominent Mormon, has broken with his church on the issue. The Mormon Church has donated much money to the “Yes on 8″ campaign.

Young isn’t the current or former athlete to fight Prop 8. According to campaign records, Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent has donated $15,000 to the campaign to ban gay marriage.

– The Associated Press

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From glory to the gutter

Don Doane, 62, bowled a perfect 300 game, his first in 45 years of enjoying the sport at the facility in Ravenna, Mich., on Oct. 16.


Then he high-fived a teammate. And died.

A medical examiner said a heart attack was the cause of death.

Bowling lane owner Jim Nutt said: ” At first we thought he just fainted.”

Teammate Todd Place: “He threw his 300 game with all of his friends, gave each other high-fives and it’s like the story ended. He died with a smile on his face.”

Read more at this link.

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‘Captain Compete’ to the rescue, sorta


The story, and video, of Will Ferrell’s appearance at USC football practice Thursday dressed as “Captain Compete” — a spoof of the Pete Carroll mantra about needing to compete so you can “win forever” — and then “rescuing” a video guy who fell off a crane platform, and another person who happened to catch fire:

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You can’t judge a book by … whatever the phrase


The 2008 edition of the Best American Sports Writing has been out a few weeks, in paperback at most bookstores and online (linked here), edited by Bill Nack.

Buy it for $14, or pick it up in the store to review some of the better scribing you may have missed during 2007 (that’s how it works) and if you have ideas for anything you’ve seen in 2008, you’ve got a couple of months to submit it to the series editor, Glenn Stout … it’s all explained in the book.

One of the stories noticed for its quality content in this book comes from L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers, a piece he did in January (now nearly two years ago) entitled “Family Carries On After Tragic Day” (linked here).

Among the “notable” stories of ’07 that didn’t make the top 25:

“Old Mike, New Christine,” L.A. Times, April 26, by Christine Daniels.

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Breeding more horse viewers


The numbers are in from the ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 coverage of last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup from Santa Anita and the crunchers have proclaimed: 19.7 million viewers, up 62 percent from last year (12.3 million), which is a household rating of 0.7 for nine hours on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25. Last year’s rating: 0.6.

For Los Angeles, it was a 0.8 mark on the ESPN coverage (of five races Saturday after 12:30 p.m., including the Classic). It didn’t make it into the top 5, led by Louisville at 3.0.
L.A. did a 1.9 for the ABC coverage (four races, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and was the third-best market, behind Las Vegas (2.1) and Oklahoma City (2.0).

And the customary press-release quotes of praise from all involved:

==”With the expanded two-day format and the addition of ABC, we achieved one of this year’s main objectives — to showcase the World Championships to a significantly larger audience,” said Greg Avioli, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “We thank our partners at ESPN for a tremendous production and outstanding promotion leading up to the event.”

==”These ‘poll’ numbers mean The Breeders’ Cup on ESPN and ABC is the big winner in 2008, “said Len DeLuca, Senior Vice president of programming and acquisitions, ESPN. “We’ll continue to work with Greg Avioli’s team to grow horse racing’s biggest two days.”

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You didn’t ask for it, but you get it: More Papadakis, almost Olympia Dukakis, ready to blow a kiss


John McCoy/Daily News Staff Photographer

Petros Papadakis’ appearance tonight on FSN’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period” won’t be until midway through the hour-long presentation, and doesn’t hit the L.A. TV market until 12:30 a.m. (early Saturday morning). But it’s still in prime time for any Halloween party gathering and worth seeking out.

The former USC fullback will be outfitted quite differently than what you may have seen him on “Jim Rome Is Burning” (today, ESPN, at 1:30 p.m.), the “BCS Breakdown” show (FSN West, today at 6 p.m.), the “BCS Ratings Show” (Sunday, FSN West, 8 p.m), the “Lexus Gauntlet” show (Monday, FSN Prime Ticket, 9 p.m.) or “The Challenge” with Fred Roggin (Sunday, 8 p.m., KNBC Channel 4).

How he missed an opportunity to be on “Gary, Unmarried” defies explanation. With or without the pearl necklace.

Before he took the stage Wednesday at the Fox Studio in Century City to tape his segment with Chris Rose (as Bret Michaels, above), Papadakis went through some proper primping for his role (as captured by Daily News staff photographer John McCoy):

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The media learning curve arcs forward: More Fox World Series discussion, plus bull riding (unrelated)


John McCoy/Daily News Staff Photographer

You can go to today’s media column (linked here), then come back and catch up on more notes and things that were left out in the wake of Petros Papadakis’ whirlwind, wigged-out workweek … that’s what we’d subscribe to.


– More photos are coming, by the way. The one above ran with today’s story: That’s (believe it or not) Michael Strahan (dressed as Terry Bradshaw, which is sure to make its way to the “NFL on Fox” studio show this Sunday), Chris Rose (as Bret Michaels), Eddie George (as King Tut), Papadakis (take a guess) and — the wildcard — Eric Byrnes, the Arizona D’backs outfielder, as The Joker. Not pictured, for some reason: John Salley (who tried to pull off Chef from “South Park” but really looked like a skinny ex-NBA player with a white chefs outfit on) and Charissa Thompson (as … we’re not sure… she had a green fairy outfit on … you’ll have to watch tonight’s episode of the “Best Damn Sports Show Period,” at 12:30 a.m. early Saturday, to figure it all out).

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