While mulling over the future of Mark Sanchez, as anyone with a TV talking opionion gave in today’s media column (linked here), consider these things to do in 10 minutes or less:
== Create a national internet sensation by almost exposing your breasts to anyone watching hockey on the Versus network (see below)
== Throw a Rubix cube off the Ventura County pier (note: must live within five minutes of the pier)
== Microwave a 25-pound turkey (as long as you don’t really want to eat it).
== Drive through the Shell gas station car wash (minus the five minute wait by the guy ahead of you who can’t figure out that the air blowers only work if they inch forward rather than stay in the wash bay).
== Destroy the future of an NFL franchise through the first-round draft pick.
Those employed by TV networks who
seem to know everything about everything about this weekend’s NFL draft (our story in today’s paper linked here) can go on and on to fill the several hours of pre-draft shows leading up to Saturday’s 1 p.m. start. Luckily, ESPN diverts to its coverage of the Nuggets-Hornets NBA playoff game (from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), forcing viewers of pre-draft jabbering to go over to ESPN2 for awhile. Maybe that will confuse them enough once the thing starts up, they’ll head over to the NFL Network — presuming they have it on their system.
Or they go over to Fox and catch the Yankees-Red Sox game.
More stuff to throw out there:
== As for the draft coverage, Erin Andrews will be wearing the haz-mat gear doing ESPN’s green-room interviews – without USC’s Mark Sanchez, who decided to stay in Orange County at his folks’ home-based situation room rather than squirm like Brady Quinn in front of the iso-cameras.
On the NFL Network, Steve Wyche and Brian Baldinger have been granted “exclusive access into the inner workings” of the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers draft rooms for NFL Network, if that rocks your vote.
== Jay Glazer will be part of the FoxSports.com internet coverage of the draft, along with writers Alex Marvez, John Czarnecki, Peter Schrager and Mark Kriegel , plus contributions from www.SCOUT.com and a webcast recap with Lincoln Kennedy.
== ESPN Radio has the coverage (locally, KSPN-AM 710) with Freddie Coleman and John Clayton in New York, as well as Ryen Rusillo from the network’s Bristol, Conn., studios. Also, Sirius XM has the draft on Channel 124 with such dignitaries as Randy Cross, Gil Brandt, Tim Ryan, Howard Balzer and Adam Schein.
== For those with baseball on the radar:
== You want some pros and cons of new play-by-play man Eric Collins’ debut with the Dodgers.
Good: He sounds alert, willing to serve, up his history, very trivia-savvy (“Do you think the Dodgers ever in their history faced two pitchers in a row with the initials R-0?”) …
Some head scratchers: In Tuesday’s game with the Dodgers training, 6-3, Casey Blake hits into a double play to end the top of the sixth. Going into the commercial, Collins says: “The Dodgers are running out of time.” Well, not really. Especially since they had a chance to go ahead and win the thing in the ninth but failed.
In Wednesday’s game, the Astros’ Jason Michaels hit a one-out shot into the gap, bringing home Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee. Michaels is then thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Collins immediately wonders aloud if the second run will count — was it scored before the third out was recorded at third? The only problem was that was the second out. He never corrected it.
== Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has committed to appearing each Friday as a guest on McIntyre in the Morning on the team’s flagship radio station KABC-AM 790, starting today at 9:20 a.m. He’ll be joined by DodgerTalk co-host Josh Suchon.
== New York Yankees at Boston hits Channel 11, 1 p.m. Saturday (with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, going to 78 percent of the country, while the rest get Chicago Cubs at St. Louis with Thom Brennaman and Eric Karros) and ESPN, 5 p.m. Sunday (with Jon Miller, Joe Morgan and Steve Phillips). Philadelphia-Florida goes to MLB Network at 4 p.m. Saturday and then to TBS at 9 a.m. Sunday (Chip Caray and Don Darling)
== Tiger Woods, not at the PGA’s Zurich Classic in New Orleans. CBS still does it with Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo, Peter Oosterhuis, Gary McCord, Ian Baker-Finch and Peter Kostis on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. both days.
== Skateboard/snowboarder Shaun White, Moto X drivers Travis Pastrana and Ricky Carmichael and skateboarders Danny Way and Bob Burnquist are the featured athletes in an ESPN/Disney release of the first sports-themed 3D film scheduled for a one-week theatrical release starting Aug. 21. The flick, “X Games 3D,” coordinates with the actual X Games this summer again at Staples Center and Home Depot Center. “The proximity of the cameras to the action combined with the amazing performances by the athletes provides a jaw-dropping, storytelling encounter for fans of all ages,” said Ron Semiao, senior vice president of ESPN Films in a statement issued by the company.
== Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis call the HBO Boxing After Dark show of Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Gerry Penalosa and Lamont Peterson vs. Willy Blain (Saturday, 10 p.m.) from Puerto Rico.
== AND FINALLY:
These are the new Fox Sports Radio billboards trying to convey the fact that afternoon hosts Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith are comfortable in each other’s presence. Again, no goats were harmed in taking the old billboards down.
== OK, ONE MORE ‘FINALLY’
For the record, this happened in Tuesday’s Sharks-Ducks coverage on Versus:
And the San Jose Mercury News noted it as well (linked here)