The U.S. Open TV coverage menu

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Thursday and Friday:

ESPN: 7 a.m. to noon
NBC (Channel 4): Noon to 2 p.m. (as well as NBCSports.com)
ESPN: 2 to 4 p.m.
NBCSports.com: Wrapup: 4 p.m.

Saturday:

ESPN: 10 to 11 a.m.
NBC (Channel 4): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NBCSports.com: Livestreaming from the 17th hole: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday:

ESPN: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
NBC (Channel 4): 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NBCSports.com: Livestreaming from the 17th hole: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The ESPN employees: Chris Berman, Mike Tirico, Curtis Strange, Andy North, Roger Maltbie, Gary Koch, Terry Gannon, Bob Murphy, Karl Ravech, Mark Rolfing, Scott Van Pelt, Bill Kratzert, Dottie Pepper, Judy Rankin, Tom Rinaldi, Jimmy Roberts and Rick Reilly. Coverage also simulcasts on ESPN360.com.

The NBC employees: Johnny Miller, Dan Hicks, Maltbie, Koch, Murphy, Peter Jacobsen, Rolfing, Pepper, Roberts, Tim Rosaforte and Bob Costas.

Also:

== The Golf Channel’s schedule: Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; Sunday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

== Sirius XM Radio has live play-by-play on XM channel 146 and Sirius channel 209. Begins at 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Broadcasters include Brian Katrek, John Maginnes, Mark Carnevale, Dennis Paulson, Fred Albers, T.J. Rives and John Tautages.

== DirecTV has its four-in-one screen HD Mix channel (701) all four days for the first time in this event. Each screen has the home network coverage (ESPN or NBC) plus three channels that follow a group around the course (channels 702-705). It includes a real-time leader board.

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A $99 ball, with a cause behind it

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A special-edition Spaulding NBA basketball decorated up to commemorate the Lakers’ 2009 NBA title is being offered to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Nikco Sports (linked here) is producing the ball — limited to 2,009 — for $99. You can also call 800-345-2868.

During the past several years, Nikco Sports has raised more than $1.7 million for children’s charities throughout the country, some involving the USC football program, the Anaheim Ducks and the Lakers (think teams that have won titles).

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Even a dreamy ‘The Mentalist’ and his paradoxically smolderly hot assistant can figure out why a Denver-Nevermind NBA Finals had no chance

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In a post-season of stale reruns and gamey reality shows, some of which are TiVo’d and deleted before they’re even watched, what surprise is it that the Lakers’ appearance on three prime-time over-the-air telecasts gave ABC the top-rated TV programs (in the adults 18-to-49 age range) for the week of June 8-14.

The data produced by today’s Sports Business Daily:

1. NBA Finals: Lakers-Magic Game 4 on ABC, June 11 (Thursday): 9.4 rating, 15,957,000 viewers

2. NBA Finals: Lakers-Magic Game 3 on ABC, June 9 (Tuesday): 8.6 rating, 14,196,000 viewers

3. NBA Finals: Lakers-Magic: Game 5 on ABC, June 14 (Sunday): 8.0 rating, 14,171,000 viewers

4. “The Mentalist” on CBS June 9: 7.6 rating, 11,621,000 viewers

5. “NCIS” on CBS June 9: 7.2 rating, 11,052,000 viewers

6. “Two and a Half Men” on CBS June 8: 6.1 rating, 9,517,000 viewers

7. “The Mentalist” on CBS June 11: 6.1 rating, 8,944,000 viewers

8. “48 Hours Mystery” on CBS June 9, 6.1 rating, 8,846,000 viewers

9. “CSI:” on CBS June 11: 5.9 rating, 8,740,000 viewers

10. “So You Think You Can Dance?” on Fox June 10: 5.3 rating, 8,687,000 viewers

Also consider the Lakers-Magic series overall was down 4 percent compared to the Lakers-Celtics a year ago.

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When 10 = 15 in added memorabilia value

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The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA titles in 1972, ’80, ’82, ’85, ’87, ’88, 2000, ’01, ’02 and now ’09.

Five previous came when the team was in Minneapolis.

Just sayin’ …

Just like the guy on the Fox Sports Net postgame show after Sunday’s Lakers victory — a reporter who was employed by the Orlando version of the Fox Sports regional net, not the L.A. crew — who exclaimed that “now with 10 NBA titles, Phil Jackson is well on his way to the Hall of Fame once he retires.”

Jackson, of course, was inducted in 2007.

Maybe Tupac will perform at the Lakers’ parade today, too.

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Our Daily Dread: Testing L.A.’s patience

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There’s no practical way to test parade-goers this morning lined up along Figueroa and up to the Coliseum for drugs, alcohol or intelligence.

With that in mind, you take your own well-being into your hands by calling in sick to your bossman and expecting to keep your valuable job, driving toward South Central to find a parking space, loading up on purple and gold gear and expecting all to be honkey-dorey for a couple of hours of pure joy and celebration.

Criminy.

I’m not going to be the old man out on his lawn shaking his fist at all those darn people trampling my petunias or relieving themselves on my hydrangeas (although, from what I understand, it’s what you add to the ground below that makes some of them change a beautiful color of blue rather than the normal white and pink). I may look more like Mark Madsen dancing on the stage — a spastic reaction without a retraction.

But I won’t sit back and watch all this stuff going on in person. I see no worth in that. I’ve already made that clear. A lot of any kind of happiness has been drained from these festivities, from how it’s been paid for, how it’s become out of proportion and how some citizens have taken to reacting to this on Sunday night by becoming entitled to destroying property, and seeming to have sheer joy in doing so.

I was at the Dodgers game on Tuesday night, watching the team honor a line of police officers from Gardena, Santa Monica and other areas around town for doing things like saving people’s lives. When the officers were escorted off the field and up through the field-level box seats, the fans around them stood and applauded. Joe Torre tipped his cap to them earlier. Tonight, the Dodgers honor local firefighters.

I walked out of the stadium later (before the game ended) and ran into the L.A. Times’ T.J. Simers in the elevator (we don’t take stairs if we don’t have to), and he admitted that scene honoring the local heroes was among the “misplaced priorities” he was writing about for today’s editions (linked here). I was in complete agreement, with that, as well as his Monday column after the Lakers won the NBA title, wondering how disenfranchised fans suddenly latch onto a team because they’ve overcome “all the odds” to capture a championship.

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Why does this Laker title fail to resonate with us middle-aged white males, or am I spreading my wet blanket too wide? Am I, and Simers, just burned-out sports writers who have seen this dance taken far too often with only a short-term effect? It’s worth examining, as much as it’s worth taking seriously.

In the economic times we’re facing, having a party seems like both a perfect and imperfect exercise. We need the diversion, but we don’t need the expense to throwing it. We need the release from the stress, but we don’t need the mess in the aftermath.

The delirium, and the debris. Those who can celebrate responsibily, and those who lack some basic human instincts.

I’m listening to an interview with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, who admits he can’t even really enjoy the day — he’s focused already on having some draft-pick candidates in for workouts today, and they’re already planning for next season — who to keep, who to dump, who to pick, who to pass on and, if it comes to that, who’ll coach the team next season.

There’s maybe a 12-hour window for even the team to catch its breath and figure out what just happened.

OK, the parade is just around the corner, and we have to decide which TV channel to record it on — not to channel more of our outrage — so we can TiVo toggle through it later in the day. For now, it’s too nice out there to waste sitting inside. Even with the June gloom.

Comment here or at thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com. Or don’t. Just express yourself in some way. Without the use of a Twitter account.

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They’re paying the freight for your parade, unless you’d still like the cash to go somewhere else

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Laura and Casey Wasserman, Margie and Jerry Perenchio, Cheryl and Haim Saban, Edyth and Eli Broad, Sharon and Joe Hernandez of Melissa’s Fruit’s and Vegetables, Gayle and Ed Roski and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

According to those associated with AEG, owners of Staples Center and part-owner of the Lakers, that group above has helped finance the $1 million in production costs for Wednesday’s Lakers parade. AEG and Fox Sports Net has also agreed to contribute.

“It was important to Dr. Buss, Tim Leiweke and all of our colleagues that none of the costs of producing this celebration be absorbed by the City’s treasury,” Lakers senior VP of business operations Tim Harris said today.

“We are grateful to Mayor Villaraigosa for his leadership and determination to help us raise nearly $1 million so that no money from the City’s general fund would be needed for the Lakers celebration,” said Leiweke. “While these dedicated and loyal citizens who have stepped up to underwrite this event have done so simply out of pride for our City have asked for no special recognition, we owe them a debt of gratitude for this amazing gesture.”

FSN West plans to televise the parade starting at 9:30 a.m. with Stu Lantz, Joel Meyers, Bill Macdonald, Norm Nixon, Rick Fox, Patrick O’Neal and Michael Eaves. It reairs at 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Also, KCAL-Channel 9 (at 10 a.m.) and KCBS-Channel 2 (at 11 a.m.) will air it with Jim Hill, James Worthy, John Ireland and Gary Miller.

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Reader response VI: Don’t reward bad behavior

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== “I wanted to write you to congratulate and thank you profusely for your article. As an avid sports fan, I’m truly disgusted by Laker fans. I am a die hard Angels and Ducks fan, so I know what its like to be in a L.A .sports victory. I gladly took part in celebrating both victories for the Angels and Ducks and the most unlawful issue there was littering.

“Thank you so much for bringing this article to the eyes of readers because it seems like no one is willing to do anything about it. I understand that the Lakers are not only a team, but also a brand, and that brand is unfortunately associated with L.A. gang culture. But this is ridiculous. I fully support your recommendation of calling the parade (although that would never happen). I say send the bill to the Lakers. It’s sad that its come to this, but as a team, they need to take responsibility for their fans.”

== “Knuckleheads….how about criminals! Celebration…how about rioting and destruction! Somehow the information that I received didn’t include that our celebration was to include collateral damages. It’s sad to say, but because of a few all will suffer. In the eyes of the world, Los Angeles Lakers’ fans now look like a bunch of out of control hoodlums hell bent on destruction at any cost.

“This is your moment to shine” as Phil Jackson put it, and shine they did by the light of the ignited fires of destruction and the $100,000.00 worth of Richard Torres’ shoes and life savings.”

“In times like these, with Los Angeles on the verge of bankruptcy and behavior the likes of what was shown on Sunday, our taxpayer’s dollars would be better spent on hiring and/or keeping more policemen, firemen and teachers not on a parade. I say don’t reward bad behavior. We’re just asking for more trouble.”

== Today’s column (linked here). Reader comments linked there are past 70.

== Monday’s original blog posting (linked here)

== Reader response I (linked here)

== Reader response II (linked here)

== Reader response III (linked here)

== Reader response IV (linked here)

== Reader response V (linked here)

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Reader response V: All you’re doing is boosting up the stereotype in L.A.

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Photo by Jae Hong/The Associated Press

A man jumps on a car as Lakers fans celebrate in downtown after Sunday’s win.

From someone who calls himself “Daniel Laker Fan” sending from his BlackBerry:

“I just read the article you posted up. And now I know why these stereotypes exist amongst minorties. Aren’t you glad to have the cover story on the today’s paper! Yes, I bet you are Mr. Hoffarth.

“With a big picture of a Latino jumping on a car. You just love to show and glamarize how we ALL act. Instead, you are just promoting, like you say in your column, ‘cutting deeper into cross section cultural and social justice problems.’ You love on how Latinos/Blacks act when something like this happens. All you’re doing is boosting up the stereotype in L.A. It’s all bull…

“You’re probably thinking I was one of those ‘thugs’ that started looting Mr. Torres’ shop. But nope your wrong, I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I think what they did Sunday night is wrong. I don’t know why they must do that. My co-workers ask me that question today. I told them, ‘I don’t know why? Why are you asking me? Cause I look like the guy on the cover of the Daily News cover story in the Sports section that Mr. Hoffarth wrote?

“Why must you exploit it? I think that is wrong!!!!!”

== Monday’s blog posting (linked here)

== Reader response I (linked here)

== Reader response II (linked here)

== Reader response III (linked here)

== Reader response IV (linked here)

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Reader response IV: Use this as a teaching moment

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Photo by Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press

A group of people take goods from The Holy Grail store near Staples Center after Sunday’s Lakers victory.

This is from an English teacher at Santa Ana Valley High responding from today’s column (linked here):

“I shared your article with my class today and they all agreed that “knuckleheads” was too soft of a word for the idiotic behavior the Angelenos displayed.

I asked the students if they could have chosen one adjective describing the behavior in downtown L.A. what word would would they use. Here are a few of their choices:

Barberism.

Kaos.

Childish.

Wild.

Immature.

Reckless.

Thoughtless.

Uncontrolled.

My personal favorite adjective — Infantile.

In our discussion about the behavior, it was interesting to also hear the students say that they would bet that nearly all of rioters have probably never been inside Staples Center for a Laker game and more interesting that they observed hundreds of rioters wearing $100-plus Laker jerseys and Nike shoes, implying that many of them were financially better off than their stereotypical behavior would indicated.”

== Monday’s blog posting (linked here)

== Reader response I (linked here)

== Reader response II (linked here)

== Reader response III (linked here)

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Photo by Nick Ut/The Associated Press

Richard Torres, left, owner of The Holy Grail shoe store, stands with a Los Angeles Police officer Monday outside his store that was looted Sunday night during the celebrations after the Lakers’ NBA championship victory over the Magic.

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