The Media Learning Curve: More Manny media madness

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Manny-querque has pulled up its tent. It’s a day off — a pregnant pause, if you will — before finding Lake El-snore. Then San Bernardino. Then … San Diego. For the real deal.

Lewis and Clark never had an easier “rehab” assignment West of the Rockies.

Before Manny qualifies for the Triple A All-Star Game and an induction into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame, we pause to consider his affect on the media around the country.

Steve Hurlbert, the director of media relations for the ‘Topes, said the team issued an extra 65 credentials for this “Manny” series (adding to about 30 credentials that it has already issued to local media affiliates).

Let the circus continue (after today’s media column linked here):

== Confederations Cup Final: U.S. vs. Brazil, live on ESPN, Sunday at 11 a.m. with the pregame, 11:25 a.m. bootoff, from Ellis Park in Johannesburg. A prediction from ESPN’s John Harkes: A 1-1 tie, with the U.S. winning in a shootout and “Tim Howard comes out the big hero.” An Alexi Lalas prediction: “They (U.S. Team) have a chance of winning. A final is a final, anything can happen.”

== Interleague play ain’t over: Fox takes the Angels’ game Saturday at Arizona (Channel 11, 1 p.m., with Kenny Albert and Mark Grace). The New York Yankees-New York Mets series sees time on the MLB Network (Saturday, 4 p.m., with Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds) and ESPN (Sunday, 5 p.m., with Jon Miller, Joe Morgan and Steve Phillips). TBS has Boston at Atlanta (Sunday, 10:30 a.m.)

== NBC has the U.S. Track and Field Championships from famed Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. (Sunday, 1 p.m.), including Beijing medalists such as former L.A. Baptist High star Allyson Felix (100 and 200 meters), Angelo Taylor, Kerron Clement and Bershawn Jackson (400 meter hurdles) plus Tyson Gay (100 meters). Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon, Lewis Johnson, Dwight Stones and Bob Neumeier call it.

== HBO has the Victor Ortiz-Marcos Rene Maidana bout from Staples Center on delay (Saturday, 10 p.m.) with Bob Papa, Emanuel Steward and Max Kellerman on its “Boxing After Dark” series. The previously announced co-feature showcasing Chris John and Rocky Juarez has been cancelled due to illness. Meanwhile, the four-episode series “Mayweather/Marquez 24/7,” originally scheduled to debut prior to this bout, has been delayed due to the postponement of the July 18 pay-per-view bout.

== Variety reports that Columbia Pictures, unhappy with a script rewrite, has dropped the ball on “Moneyball,” the Steven Soderbergh-directed film starring Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane that was supposed to start shooting this week in Phoenix. The movie is now being pitched to Warner Bros. and Paramount. Soderbergh is using real and former players such as Scott Hatteberg, David Justice, Lenny Dykstra, Mookie Wilson and Darryl Strawberry.

== Check in on the Golf Channel’s new series, “Golf in America” (Tuesdays, 10 p.m.) as it tries to capture “the never-before-told stories, larger-than-life characters and inspirational people” who have “the spirit of the game of golf,” according to the network release. Actor Anthony Anderson hosts, with interviews by Rich Lerner, Kelly Tilghman, Brandel Chamblee and John Feinstein.

== Fox Soccer Channel airs the movie “Goal! The Dream Begins” on Sunday (5 p.m. and 8 p.m.) about the young soccer player Santiago (played by Kuno Becker) from East L.A. who plays in England. Cameos by David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane.

== With the Tour de France approaching (July 4), the Sundance Channel has the U.S. TV debut of “Blood, Sweat & Gears: Racing Clean To The Tour De France” on Monday (10:30 p.m.), which follows Team Slipstream-Chipotle (now Team Garmin-Slipstream), a young Colorado-based pro cycling team that pioneered the most progressive anti-doping system in all of professional sports and used it during the 2008 race. The movie has several repeats, including Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and beyond July 4.

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  • gregb

    A point of clarification. Ms. Felix graduated from L.A. Baptist High in North Hills.

    And then again, can Tom Hammond call a race without spouting odds (his horse racing background).