L.A.’s NFL Week 13 TV schedule: Detroit … poor, poor Detroit … no really, poor …


Gobble. Gobble. Gobble.


Is there a bigger shooting-fish-in-a-barrel game than the Titans, coming off their only loss of the season, going to Detroit on a short week to face the winless Lions, who cling to this tradition of hosting Thanksgiving Day games despite the fact they’ve given America nothing to be thankful in return?

Detroit … what a place to be in this economy. The NFL has yet to announce a bail-out plan for the Lions, and sending Tennessee in for this holiday feast is simply mean.

“Based on records, if 0-11 Detroit beats 10-1 Tennessee, you would have to throw this game into the argument of being one of the greatest regular-season upsets in the history of the National Football League,” said CBS’ Jim Nantz, who has the honor duty distinct displeasure of calling this game. “It would definitely have to be right up there, if not the biggest of all, if Detroit was able to spring that upset. Now to make this clear, I’m not comparing this to Namath and the Jets beating the Colts in Super Bowl III, or anything like that that has happened in the post-season. I’m dealing with records. Based on that, this would have to rank right up there.”

So tune in to see history, and stay for the public flogging.

Now, pass the cranberries that look like the inside of a tin can and let’s get on with the rest of the week:


== 9:30 a.m., Channel 2: Tennessee at Detroit (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms).
== 1 p.m., Channel 11: Seattle at Dallas (with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver)
== 5:15 p.m., NFL Network: Arizona at Philadelphia (with Bob Papa and Cris Collinsworth)


== 10 a.m., Channel 11: N.Y. Giants at Washington (with Kenny Albert, Moose Johnson and Tony Siragusa). Fox also has in this window: San Francisco at Buffalo, New Orleans at Tampa Bay, Carolina at Green Bay.
== 10 a.m., Channel 2: Indianapolis at Cleveland (with Dick Enberg and Randy Cross). CBS also has Baltimore at Cincinnati and Miami at St. Louis.
== 1 p.m., Channel 2: Denver at N.Y. Jets (with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon). CBS also has Pittsburgh at New England and Kansas City at Oakland. Fox also has Atlanta at San Diego.
== 5:15 p.m., Channel 4: Chicago at Minnesota (with Al Michaels, John Madden and Andrea Kremer)


== 5:30 p.m., ESPN: Jacksonville at Houston (with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser)


The league announced today that NBC has used its flex scheduling privedges, dumped New England at Seattle for Dec. 7, and picked up Washington at Baltimore from the CBS lineup. The Pats-Seahawks game moves to 1 p.m. on CBS for those ticketholders in the greater Seattle area who had plans for that Sunday afternoon. They’ve now been changed.

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Raiders-Chargers, in a third dimension


The NFL Network has scheduled a Thursday, Dec. 4 telecast, pitting the Chargers and Raiders from Qualcomm Stadium that, depending on your cable service, will be available to very few viewers.

Same with a 3-D version broadcast of the game, unless you’ve got some connections.

The Burbank-based 3ality Digital LLC (home site linked here) says it will coordinate with the Beverly Hills-based ReadD company for the first-ever live broadcast of an NFL game in full digital 3D.

According to today’s Wall Street Journal (linked here), there will be one theatre in Los Angeles carrying the game, along with one in New York and Boston, where those in the audience can see things only with special 3-D glasses. Unfortunately, it is closed to the general public, open only to invited guests — particularily, consumer-electronic company reps.

The story claims this is a preliminary step on what is likely a long road to any regular 3-D broadcasts of football games.

“We want to demonstrate this and let people get excited about it and see what the future holds,” says Howard Katz, NFL senior VP of broadcasting and media operations.

RealD specializes in bringing advanced digital 3D projection capabilities to cinemas worldwide. It has more than 100 exhibition partners and more than 5,500 worldwide screens are committed to install RealD’s platform.

“As boxing fans once gathered at local theatres to see heavyweight title matches in the era before pay-per-view and plasma televisions, RealD’s new technology will give audiences another reason to head to the theatre,” explained Michael Lewis, chairman and CEO of RealD in a press release. “The continued box office success and the strong audience response to films released on RealD’s platform have shown that consumers crave a premium 3D cinematic experience. We look forward to giving fans of live events the opportunity to feel like they’re in the front row without even being there.”

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More on the Sports Museum of Los Angeles


We’ve seen references, erroneously, to is as the L.A. Sports Museum, this place that Gary Cypres has put together with his own money to house his $30 million collection of sports memorabilia. He said he didn’t want to put his own name on it, but he does have an idea some day of selling naming rights to the museum that we’ve featured in today’s column (linked here). Also check out photographer David Crane’s slide show of the place (linked here).

One of the prized items that Cypres has on display is the Dodger uniform that Babe Ruth wore in 1938, when he was a first-base coach for the Brooklyn franchise, hoping to land the next manager’s job (it eventually went to Leo Durocher).

Last week, a Ruth Brooklyn Dodgers uniform was sold at auction for $310,500, purchased by SCP Auctions for one of its clients. It was said to be the last professional uniform worn by Ruth (story linked here).

David Kohler, the SCP Auctions owner who was gracious enough to show us his Lakers’ collection at his home in Orange County this past summer, made the distinction for us — Cypress bought his Ruth home jersey through a Sothebys/SCP Auction in 2005. This road uniform is for a different client.

Kohler also passed along this incredible item that he just acquired: The ID wallet card that Ruth carried around when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox (1914-1919), written in his own hand:

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Shaking in their snow boots: To ski or not to ski


By Lusa Rathke
The Associated Press

KILLINGTON, Vt. — Forget the Rockies. With the economy in a tailspin, eastern skiers may be staying closer to home this winter.

Destination resorts out West are reporting slower-than-normal reservations, while New England ski areas say their business appears to be benefiting from the downturn — although resort operators everywhere are nervous.

“We were going to (go West), but this year, I don’t think we’re going to, unless the market turns around,” said 49-year-old Sue Martin, of West Greenwich, R.I., who was skiing Friday at Killington.

With lift tickets $40 to $80 a day, plus the expense of lodgings and meals, although deals can be had, ski areas are particularly vulnerable as discretionary income falls. University of Vermont economics professor Art Woolf predicts it’ll be a rough year for the industry.

“You can save a lot of money by not going on vacation,” Woolf said. “It’s a discretionary expenditure that’s kind of lumpy. If you decide to go skiing you’re going to pay $1,000, $2,000, whatever it is for the trip, so you can save a lot of money by not undertaking that activity.”

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Curlin, the stud


By Jeffrey McMurray
The Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will stand at stud next year at Lane’s End, a Kentucky horse farm owned by a former U.S. ambassador to Britain.

Will Farish announced Friday the richest racehorse in North America will become a stallion at his Versailles farm, where Curlin’s sire, Smart Strike, is already a breeding star.

Curlin will command a stud fee of $75,000 his opening year, half what Smart Strike receives. But its $10,000 more than the fee for Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown.

“Curlin’s performance on the track, his pedigree and his conformation make him the most exciting sire prospect to retire in many years,” Farish said in a news release.

Curlin’s majority owner, Jess Jackson, announced last week he was retiring the horse after perhaps one last race. Jackson has bid $4 million to buy out the 20 percent interest in the horse he doesn’t already own, but the complicated ownership dispute is being worked out in court.

Although Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables had looked into the possibility of standing Curlin itself, by choosing Lane’s End, the horse will live at what Jackson calls the nation’s premier stallion farm.


“He is one of the best examples of the breed — fast, strong, and durable,” Jackson said. “I predict he will make a substantial contribution to our sport through his gene pool, and I am looking forward to seeing his foals compete and possibly exceed his unequaled race record.”

Curlin has won 11 of 16 career starts, plus a pair of second and third place finishes. The only time he finished out of the money was his fourth-place finish last month in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, which he was attempting to win for the second straight year.

Despite that loss, Curlin’s career includes wins at the Preakness Stakes, Jockey Club Classic, Stephen Foster Handicap and Dubai World Cup. His career winnings of $10.5 million have passed Cigar to make him North America’s richest racehorse in history.

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