The media learning curve: Dec. 6-12


As the holidays approach at the Media Learning Center (sponsorship still pending), we reflect not so much on how richer our experience has been collecting information about the sports world of TV, film, radio, print and the Internet continues to stretch and evolve, but how we often resist changing along with it.

The older we get, the harder it is to keep up with constant improvement, if that’s the right word. In some cases, we’re still trying to figure out how this fax machine works, and why it remains on our desk.

When things really get stressful, we head to the backyard, pull up the lawnchair, and pretend someone who looks like Ann-Margret’s younger, eager sister is serving us pomegranite martinis poolside.

But enough lamentations. The Prozac is finally kicking in. We learned plenty this past week, especially for an old guy. We’re just not sure how this information will be used in a peaceful, resourceful manner in the coming weeks and years.

We again have more questions than answers:


== Who will the Dodgers decide is better on TV (and maybe grooming for the future) when Vin Scully stays home and Charley Steiner goes to radio fulltime in ’09? (linked here).

== What else does Fox plan to cut from its sports budget for ’09, aside from the MLB pregame show? (linked here).

== Will the last vision we have of Oscar De La Hoya be him sitting in his corner, unable to come out for the ninth around against Manny Pacquaio, ready to retire to his office and count his giant payday (again) for a lackluster effort? (linked here). De La Hoya certainly created a nice chunk of change in the PPV world, as the NY Times reflects on his TV legacy (linked here).

== If the NBA screams loud enough about its latest experiment in 3D technology — live coverage of the dunk contest next February — will you drive way the heck out to Apple Valley to see it? (linked here).

== Should we make time to watch the ESPN documentary on “The Greatest Game Ever Played”? (linked here)

== When does Tony Kornheiser get a nap? (linked here).

== Does Tony Kubek strike you as a broadcasting Hall of Famer, or just a guy who hung around for a long time on TV? (linked here)

== Why do we have to watch the Chargers again on Sunday, with our Week 15 of the NFL? (linked here). Obviously, NBC doesn’t care about San Diego’s team (linked here).

== What more is there to learn about HBO’s new documentary “Breaking the Huddle”? (linked here, with another here)

== Is “Visanthe Shiancoe” native-American Minnesotian for “Your private parts are showing”? (linked here)

== Slate Sanchez? (linked here)

== Will old/new ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose get sued by his former employer? (linked here)

== Does NBC’s delay in how much it’s willing to spend on the 2016 Olympics affect/help with Chicago’s bid? (linked here)

== You OK with more notes for the road, leading off with Stacey Dales? (linked here)

== Don’t forget that Marv Albert plays himself on “The Simpsons” on Sunday, OK? (linked here)

==And finally, has its annual rundown the dumbest things said during the college football season by paid professionals (linked here).
Our best of the lot:
Mark Jones: “How do you ask your girl ‘hey baby do you want to go to the game’ and then take her up to the rock? I mean it’s not like you got privacy up there.”
Bob Davie: “They are certainly enjoying themselves.”
We’ll say so:

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