Papadakis isn’ t the favorite ‘Joe’ any more … it’s Strahan and Glazer

Petros Papadakis took that Spike TV show “Pros Vs. Joes” through its first three seasons. Cultivated an audience. Nurtured the contestants after they were mangled by Randy Colture. Talked Jose Canseco through some tough times.

Apparently, that wasn’t enough. It’s time to hand the ball off to Jay Glazer and his very close friend, Michael Strahan.

A new production company has taken over the reality series where regular guys (“Joes”) compete in skills competition against recently retired athletes (“Pros”), and Strahan, coming off his first year as a studio guy on the Fox NFL set, is the new host, with Glazer, the Fox NFL insider, down on the field doing interviews.

The A. Smith & Co. folks, led by former Fox Sports Net exec Arthur Smith, will be the executive producers. The company actually put the word out last month for new contestants (linked here) with a Jan. 16 deadline already come and gone.

Season 4 is supposed to be labeled “Pros vs. Joes 4: All-Stars,” where competitors from the past come back. There’s a fresh angle. The other twists is there will only be one sport showcased in each episode instead of the variety as in previous seasons. Each episode has three skills competitions and a three-on-three scrimmage pitting the Pros against the Joes. The sports for this season are four episodes on football and four on basketball.

The eight episodes are supposed to start production around town next month.

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Hey, look: FS West redefines its Angels coverage

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A year ago, Fox Sports West did 100 Angels games, with 75 of them in high definition. The rest were scattered about on KCOP Channel 13, as well as taken away for national telecasts by ESPN and Fox network.

The ’09 schedule gets better.

FS West reports today that it will ramp up to 125 games this season (plus five spring training contests). Expect an announcement sooner rather than later that a good percentage of them will be in high def. Negotiations and number crunching are continuing in the FSW offices.

The first spring game is March 28 (1 p.m., vs. Seattle). The regular season opens on Monday, April 6 from Anaheim against Oakland (6 p.m.)

The broadcast teams of Rory Markas and Mark Gubicza, plus Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler, are back as well.

Next step for the regional network is to figure out how many Dodgers games it will carry versus how many will be carried on KCAL-Channel 9, and how many of those will be in high def.

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And U, 2 can boot up a Super Bowl commercial

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It seems weird that the NFL Network has to buy time on NBC to advertise its existence during Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIII, but maybe it’s a trade off — the NFL Net will give NBC all the commercial time it wants on its network, that maybe a fraction of the world will actually see.

To make sure everyone watching the Super Bowl remembers the NFL Net spot, it revealed today that the band U2 will have the soundtrack to a spot with its new single, “Get On Your Boots.” It’s the first single from U2′s new album No Line On The Horizon, will be released as a digital download on February 15.

(So take that Springsteen and your halftime show grab to sell your new CD).

The NFL Net ad shows Raiders running back Darren McFadden beginning a training run that continues through the NFL offseason — the combine, the draft, training camp and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Also in the ad are Raiders teammates Justin Fargas and center Chris Morris, plus USC’s Brian Cushing and Texas’ Brian Orakpo participating in a combine. All were shot during a day-long filming in L.A. recently.

Give the song a listen here (warning: It kicks tail with the speakers cranked up):

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Our Daily Dread: Beck, Beck, Beck, Beck, Beck … Ciao?

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With the economy the way it is, maybe it’s not really news that David Beckham is hinting about defaulting on a loan.
Even with the ginormous size of his wallet.

After putting the biscuit in the basket two games in a row for AC Milan, that little club team over in Italy, Our Favorite Becks officially said in his little whiny voice that his time at the Home Depot Center might be numbered.

“To play here is the dream of any player,” he told an Italian newspaper. “But deciding is not easy; it’s a situation that requires time. I am under contract and I have a lot of respect for the Galaxy. But the possibility to play at Milan is something special. I knew I would have fun but I didn’t expect to have so much fun.”

So here’s the funny thing: The Chief Bender from England who Galaxy management had shipped over special delivery to revive interest in the Major League Soccer is finally paying dividends by scoring goals thousands of miles away.

Now, he has some new street value, and media credibility. And how England may want him back on its national team before the 2010 World Cup.

The surprise, of course, is that he actually stayed around to talk to the press. That’s something he hasn’t really been fond of doing during his time with the Carson Kickballers.

If AC Milan is prepared to offer a reported $6-million-plus to pay off Beckman’s commitment to U.S. soccer, it only proves that everyone has a price. What’s Beckham worth to you, Leiweke?

If you’re running the Galaxy, do you demand he fulfill his five-year contract? Or do you cut your losses – and the losses have been piling up – and start from scratch, again, to rebuild the future of American soccer?

Maybe, with an American player.

From our narrow perspective, we hope Beckham returns, for three more years.

Especially if it’s three more non-playoff years for the Galaxy.

Becks has been like the George W. Bush of sports personalities — instant comedy fodder for his lack of, uh, achievement.

Not that we want soccer to go away. It’s a great sport for our kids, and a boost to the orange wedge industry.

We’re just a little tired of seeing all those No. 23 jerseys selling at a brisk pace to unsuspecting loyal customers. Patrons who believe in the fact that a contract is a contract.

You have an opinion to kick around on this? If you’re not up to leaving a comment, fill the inbox at thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com.

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Have you ever seen a man more disappointed about a potential (free) lap dance?

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This is Fabio Capello, coach of the English National soccer team. He’s Italian. He was in Milan for a taping of an Italian TV show that involved dancers performing around him.

Maybe it’s the Italian version of “Make Me Laugh,” and he’s determined to win the pot of lira.

Capello happened to also be in Milan to watch David Beckham play soccer on this Tuesday. He is trying to assess Beckham’s performance to see if it’s fit for the English team again.

The other news is that Beckham could be called up by Capello for a friendly against Spain on Feb. 11. That would equal Bobby Moore’s record of 108 England appearances.

So, yes, it’s a very titillating story. One with a lot of curves to get around. A story with legs.

Or is it? OK, we think he smiled in this photo below …. Loser.

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