The Media Learning Curve: Grappling with pleasing Pop

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Don’t wrestle with this idea too much or you’ll put yourself in a sleeper hold.

If on Sunday, Dad wants to watch water-logged U.S. Open golf, so be it. Or even tape-delayed fishing (see below). Relent. You can’t change his mind. get him a cold beverage (or a Vodka popsicle) and suck it up. Just know that later in the day, you’ll get to see the Angels host the Dodgers, and things may be better.

Since more media notes are the result of perspiration rather than precipitation (here’s a link to today’s media column while we dread more Chris Berman commentary … or reading more about it), we also sweat through these:

== More reaction and Buck response from “Joe Buck Live” debut (linked here)

== ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball will feature the Dodgers — again — against the Angels at 5 p.m., with Jon Miller, Joe Morgan and Steve Phillips. Saturday’s Jered Weaver vs. Jeff Weaver matchup isn’t on the Fox regional coverage — Channel 11 has Tampa Bay-New York Mets instead at 1 p.m. — leaving KCOP-Channel 13 (with Angels guys) and Prime Ticket (with Vin Scully) on the call at 6 p.m. TBS has Atlanta at Boston (Sunday, 10:30 a.m.)

== ESPN Classic (and ESPN360.com) has Saturday’s Wladimir Klitschko/Ruslan Chagaev fight from Gelsenkirchen, Germany at 2 p.m. — the second time in three months that ESPN networks have aired a heavyweight championship boxing match (after doing Vitali Klitschko’s WBC title defense against Juan Carlos Gomez.). Although, the winner of this bout receives the title of Ring Magazine Heavyweight Championship, which has been vacant since Vitali Klitschko retired in 2005.

== NBCSports.com announced this week that it will host, sell and promote David Florio’s ProFootballTalk.com, giving NBC’s Sports team something to go to during its “Sunday Night Football” coverage during the fall. The deal allows NBCSports.com’s Tom Curran and Gregg Rosenthal to write for the site, which will be renamed ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com.

== “Monday Night Football” will be the first sports franchise to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame at its awards dinner in New York on Oct. 20.

== NBC claims that 8 million watched Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals between Pittsburgh and Detroit last Friday, making it the most-watched NHL game in 36 years (going back to the Montreal-Chicago Game 6 on NBC in 1973). Friday’s game did a 4.3 rating and 8 share, the best for a series-ending game in six years (Game 7, Anaheim-New Jersey, 4.6/8 in 2003).

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AND FINALLY:

== If it’s not live fishing, do we watch? Of course. Dad says we have to.

This note from ESPN public relations scribes:

“Tapping into his extensive knowledge of river fishing, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Kevin Short of Mayflower, Ark., mastered the mighty Mississippi River at the Genuity River Rumble, posting a four-day total of 43 pounds, 3 ounces, which was enough to edge out hard-charging Kelly Jordon of Mineola, Texas, by 10 ounces. Fishing fans can catch all of the on-the-water action on The BassMasters.”

Well, now that you’ve ruined it for us …

That’s Saturday, 6 a.m., ESPN2, if you need to tape-delay it even further for Sunday viewing.

By the way, how does a true Bassmaster master a comeback victory? (fake story linked here)

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