The media learning curve: Nov. 14-21

Aside from the fact that the NFL commish knows how to stand his ground (we got the proof at links here, here, here and here), and isn’t really upset that fans figured out his private line?


We did learn (because we admit we’ve stopped watching) that Warren Sapp (he, also, of the NFL Network, as well as Showtime’s “Inside the NFL”) made the final three of “Dancing With The Stars,” and took dance partner Kym Johnson with him to Pittsburgh so they could work on their routine that’s coming up on Monday’s next show. Sapp is up against Brooke Burke (the probable winner) and Lance Bass (a strong runner-up), so the consensus may be that this will be the last dance for the former Bucs and Raiders defensive end.

Oh, and as we suspected, Sapp issued an apology to ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson, but then took a bite out of Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb (linked here) — and he did it on the NFL official website.

Otherwise, we gleaned from our blog postings this week:

== Week 13 of the college football TV season (linked here) reminds us that Barack Obama isn’t playing around when it comes to a playoff, even after ESPN locked up the BCS through 2014 (linked here) when Fox decided it was too expensive (linked here).

== Week 12 of the NFL’s TV season has some good AFC matchups, and we’re not talking about NBC’s Colts-Chargers tussel (linked here). Also, the NFL’s dirty work in the courts is never over (linked here).

== Former Red Bull GM Alexi Lalas, who still can’t believe the team is doing so well without him, will put a surge into the ESPN telecast of the MLS Cup on Sunday (linked here).

== A videotape of the Ali-Spinks bout from 1978 may hold the truth that become a “Get Out of Jail” card for a man arrested nearly 30 years ago (linked here).

== Kings TV analyst Jim Fox digs chicken soup (linked here).

== Angels radio station KLAA-AM (830) may not have Joe McDonnell, but it’s got a sports shrink on the weekends (linked here).


== We had no intention of watching all of ESPN’s 24 hours of college basketball, but some others did (linked here)

== Michele Tafoya may no longer play the “secret word” with KSPN’s Mason and Ireland, but she’s got a word or two about not being on the ESPN “MNF” sidelines any more (linked here).

== And finally, we did happen to catch Snoop Dogg on ESPN’s “Around The Horn,” at least for the opening (was it Tuesday’s show? they all seem to merge together like a ball of mud). And they allowed him to comment on LeBron James (Dogg actually made more sense than any of the panelists). And it sure seemed like Just Average Adande was in a hurry to get blasted off the show so he could “hang out” with Dogg wherever they happened to be, which no doubt allowed the former big-city columnist to get all wrapped up in exploring his inner rapper.

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