You make the call: The best play-callers … and you only get one vote

Pulling the list of names that we included in today’s Top 10/Bottom 5 for the 17th annual best and worst of L.A. sportscasters for the play-by-play men (story linked here), who’s your top choice?

Consider next year we may our first female .. the Dodgers may have narrowed their list down to candidates for the opening to do 40 road games this season, and Jeanne Zelasko was in the hunt.

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Our Daily Dread: Be our guest, take down Becks


By Jim Litke
The Associated Press

David Beckham is like that suit languishing in the back of everyone’s closet. It was too expensive when bought and too flashy by half when you tried it on. Every time you’ve thought about wearing it since, you wonder what possessed you in the first place.

The difference is that getting something for Becks now won’t be as easy as auctioning him off on eBay.

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The Media Learning Curve: Beyond the ‘It’ lists


The 17th annual best and worst of the L.A. sports media has come to a February conclusion with the play-by-play list of Top 10 and Bottom 5 entries (linked here). The shortest month with the largest amount of reader viewing and response each year, and this is no different.

Thanks for the votes on the blog each week (the latest is coming up soon).

The play-by-play list has evolved into something a little different this year. Try picking between Vin Scully and Bob Miller each 12 months. Then throw in Jaime Jarrin.

There’s three big fish in a very big pond. They smother the competition. So we tried to adjust to be realistic.

Beyond this, here are more media notes that has come through the inbox with some relevance:

== Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are on the ABC call (Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7) for the Lakers’ game in Phoenix. Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox do Detroit-Boston at 10 a.m. as the leadin. Dan Shulman and Doris Burke do Cleveland-Atlanta on ESPN at 5 p.m. Sunday.

== Coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 of the World Baseball Classic actually begins at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 with Japan facing China in Tokyo (ESPN2, with Jon Sciambi and analyst Orestes Destrade). ESPN and ESPN2 combine for 23 games leading into the semifinals (March 21-22) and the final (March 23) at Dodger Stadium.

== The MLB Network’s daily coverage of spring training games includes the Dodgers-White Sox game on Sunday (2 p.m.) from the new Glendale, Arizona field that they share.

== Dodgers’ Hall of Fame Spanish-language broadcaster Jamie Jarrin will be honored with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles’ Community Advocate’s Award on Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Proceeds will help send more than 1,000 at-risk youth (ages 7-13) to camp this summer. More information:, or contact Sandra Gillard at 323-276-6083 or

== The seven-part series where Hank Haney tries to fix Charles Barkley’s golf swing starts Monday, 6 p.m. on Golf Channel.

== Before NBC’s coverage of the WGC Match Play Championship on Sunday, check out the Golf Digest Equipment Special with Brian Crowell and Dottie Pepper (Channel 4, 10 a.m. Sunday). Golf Digest’s Senior Equipment Editors Mike Johnson and Mike Stachura also join in to try to demystify equipment for the average golfer by visiting manufacturers at TaylorMade, Adams Golf, Callaway, Cobra, Cleveland, Titleist, Ping, Nike and Bridgestone. It’ll also reveal some of the sport’s quirkier new products.

== Mary Carillo, Billie Jean King and John McEnroe will call live the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup event on Monday from New York’s Madison Square Garden (HBO, 4:30 to 8 p.m.)

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Petros’ hot/not hot streak ends


Petros Papadakis, whose polarizing affect made him both the best and worst of the readers’ blog polls to determine the top and bottom sports-talk host as well as TV reporter/studio analyst, has again made it to the summit of the poll we’ve been running to determine your favorite TV game analyst (linked here)

But he’s not quite the unfavorite.

Papadakis, who does USC or UCLA football for Prime Ticket when he’s not on a FSN network contest, had 84 of the 272 votes as of Thursday night (31 percent) to lead the way for the favorites. Don McLean, who does UCLA radio and TV work, was second with 48 votes (24 percent). Our top choice, Jim Fox on the Kings’ TV, was third with 48 votes (18 percent).

On the no-go list, it’s the anti-King, Ducks analyst Brian Hayward, who drew the stink eye with 33 of the 145 votes so far (23 percent), just more than Papadakis (23 votes, 16 percent) and our worst, Steve Lyons on the Dodgers’ TV, who had 15 votes (10 percent).

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The Dodgers can knock $10,000 off the Man-Ram deal without feeling guilty


The Associated Press

Manny Ramirez, Ray Borque, Peter Gammons and the New England Patriots are among the 40,000 businesses, individuals and charities to have unclaimed money or property being held by Massachusetts.

The new list of unclaimed property issued Thursday by the state’s Abandoned Property Division totaled $30 million in forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks and contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes, the office of Treasurer Tim Cahill said Thursday.

The list includes 13 accounts over $100,000 and 32 accounts between $50,000 and $100,000.

Ramirez’s agent completed the claims process last summer to retrieve a $10,000 Reebok Corp. check that had languished.

Gammons, who the treasurer’s office said has almost $13,000 in unclaimed property, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that he was surprised to hear about the money.

“But then,” Gammons said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if Manny had $7M out there.”

Bourque had more than $2,200 in unclaimed property, according to the treasurer’s office.

The Patriots were not aware of the unclaimed property. Team spokesman Stacey James said the organization would look into it.

The Abandoned Property Division has returned over $290 million since Cahill took office in 2003, the treasurer’s office said. The database (linked here), built over several years, has more than eight million accounts totaling over $1 billion. The new names will be published in local newspapers around the state in March.

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