Our Daily Dread: Finally, a new role model for my daughter — Patty Pom-Poms


Without Alise Cayen, there’d be no Patty Klapinsky. And the cheery world of cheerleading would be all the more poorer for it.

A book publisher sent this notice out the other day, promoting a new children’s tome that just captured our hearts, and minds, and other things, from the very first sentence. We will save you some of the time searching to find out information by letting you that the author, Cayen, “was a professional cheerleader for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders for seven years. She has an extensive dance background and has worked as a high school cheerleading and dance coach. Ms. Cayen is a television producer, scriptwriter, poet, high school dance and English instructor and coordinates a police academy magnet school, preparing high school students for law enforcement careers. Ms. Cayen is writing the second volume of Patty Pom-Poms in her Cheerventures series and has just completed a children’s book about police officers. She resides in Los Angeles.”

Ms. Cayen, it should be noted, works at the Reseda High Police Magnet School (linked here). She’s an ’86 Reseda High grad, and a ’92 grad of Cal State Northridge, according to her pages on Classmates.com. And she’s not too old to have her own Facebook page (linked here). Or a MyLife page that lists here at 41 years old (linked here).


And a couple of eBay.com listings (one here) that, for $4.99, allows you to buy: “ALISE CAYEN SEXY!!! COLOR CANDID 8×10 PHOTO RAIDERETTES” .. and there are two available.

Feeling creepy yet?


OK, that was then. This is now (pictured right).

What 17-year-old boy wouldn’t want to be a male cheerleader with her recommendation?

With that, Ms. Cayen presents, Patty Pom-Pom, “an inspring children’s story about a young girl who works hard to realize a dream.”

The rest of the release:

Patty Klapinsky would give anything to be a sports star like her brothers — to belong to something — but she can’t seem to find her niche.

“Encouraged by her brother, Patty goes to one of his football games and is mesmerized by the cheerleaders. The very next day, Patty gets to work, making her own pom-poms and practicing every day in order to be the best she can be!

“The big day for cheerleader tryouts finally arrives and Patty knows that she has what it takes to be a great cheerleader. Does Patty make the team? What lessons does she learn along the way?

“Cayen’s inspiring story is engaging and sends a message about persistence and hard work toward realizing dreams and accomplishing goals. Drawn from her own personal experience as a professional cheerleader and dancer, her narrative brings her characters to life with vivid description and rhythmic dialogue; her children’s tale is an outstanding work of fiction with a wonderful message.”

Wait a sec, this is all fiction? Which part? The stuff about how dreams are realized and goals are accomplished in the cheerleading industry?

We’re not trying to stifle any of her creative energy. She apparently has a gun and knows how to use it if we ever ran through a stop sign in Reseda. But reallly … Patty Pom-Poms? Was Sally Sis-Boom-Bah already taken?

Read more about this, if you must (linked here).

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Our Daily Dread: The Snoop Dodger Dogg, apparently without all the bun control issues


The Dodgers say Wednesday night’s game against St. Louis is nearly sold out — again, it’s a bobblehead night, but this time, featuring Matt Kemp instead of Manny Ramirez.


To help promote it even more, the team has created a video that aired on the Prime Ticket pregame show on Monday, and appears to have some shelf life on the website (linked here), or, as it says in the latest media release, “the announcement comes just as a three-minute video featuring the Dodger center fielder’s ceramic likeness is spreading rapidly on the Internet.”

“Isss your boy, Little Matt,” says the voiceover that unfortunately appears to be FSN’s Michael Eaves, probably crossing another line in a media member agreeing to help the team with a give-away promotion. “Awwwwww, yeahhhhhh.” (That last line, used twice in the clip, makes it official — that’s the tragically hip Eaves).

What could be more tragic — or provide an even bigger backlash — is the Dodgers’ curious decision to employ the image and personal assistance of Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. , aka, rapper Snoop Dogg, not just in this video, but to help market the team with ticket sales and billboard endorsement.

Apparently, after using some focus groups, those who make decisions in Dodgertown have determined that Mr. Dogg apparently makes this organization look more urban, edgy, gangsta and … less suburban. Two dolla Tuesdays only looked so far away.

After all, according to the information currently at answers.yahoo.com, Mr. Dogg was “bangin with (the) rollin 20′s crip in long beach” during his youth, and wikianswers.com suggest he is still a “crip,” which explains why he can comfortably wear the blue of the Dodgers if his “homies” wonder about his allegiances these days. (So what’s he wearing on the USC football sidelines, then?)

Seriously, we don’t have to go to our nearest bookie to get the over/under of all this coming back like a dogbite on the team’s marketing rear end someday soon. It’ll probably happen before Manny’s next suspension.


The Dodgers and Mr. Dogg started their relationship last August when he threw out a ceremonial first pitch. MLB.com was so excited, it put a clip on its site, and Mr. Dogg added a link to his site as well.

On the website TheHollywoodGossip.com, this photo came with this caption:
“Batters, please. Don’t front on deez. Crowd the plate and the D-O-double-G will retaliate. Fo’ shizzle, nizzle, ma curveball be sizzlin’ up in this hizzle!!!”

Does Vin Scully speak jive? Who do we get to translate, Eaves, again?

Last week, the Dodgers decided the launch a moble ticket unit, driving around town to stir up business. David Ely, who wrote the story for MLB.com and had it posted on the Dodgers’ website, had this lead:

A few lucky Dodgers fans around Los Angeles on Tuesday got to buy Dodgers tickets from an unconventional vendor at an unusual venue.

Calling Snoop “unconventional” is like calling Andy Dick “somewhat abnormal.”

Under the comments posted on this story, one from “BornaDodger: asked: “Which marketing genius thought of this one? What’s next…Charles Manson in the weiner mobile selling Dodger Dogs?”

Further, as part of the greater, big picture marketing plan, the Dodgers have now used Mr. Dogg in the “This is My Town” billboard campaign. His billboard is on Sunset Blvd., near Olive, next to the House of Blues.

“I think it’s a great billboard,” said Mr. Dogg in the MLB.com story. “I thought that was a great look and a great partnership. Dodgers winning, Snoop Dogg winning, so it’s a good thing right now.”

Right now, it’s at least not a campaign that Mr. Dogg is running from prison. Or, as far as we know, he’s not running from parole officers, either.

It’s not like he has a criminal rap sheet or anything that would have hindered his employment at any reputable company that deals directly with the public.

Oh, wait. He does (some of it linked here).

His rap sheet may be longer than his rap resume:


== April, 2007: The 35-year-old is given five years probation and 800 hours of community service, and told he must not have any gang members in his entourage, after his arrest in Oct. ’06 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank for possession of a gun and drugs.

== March, 2007: He is arrested in Sweden for suspected drug use.

== Nov., 2006: He was arrested on a weapons charge after he left the NBC “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” studios. Police said they found a gun and drugs after searching his car and home.

== Sept. 2006: Arrested on suspicion of weapons charges after a police baton is found in his luggage at John Wayne International Airport.

== August, 2003: Named by police in an affidavit claiming he lured underage girls in New Orleans to take off their shirts for a video by offering them marijuana and Ecstasy as he was filming “Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style.” The case was settled (and sealed) in July 2004.

== October, 2001: After searching his tour bus, Ohio police charge him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He pleaded no contest, was fined $398.30 and given a suspended 30-day jail sentence.

== May, 1998: Charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Los Angeles, fined $370.

== August, 1993: Charged with accomplice to murder in the L.A. shooting death of Phillip Woldemariam. In 1996, a jury found him not guilty of murder charges and deadlocked on voluntary manslaughter.

== July, 1993: L.A. police find a firearm in his car during a traffic stop. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to make three public service announcements, pay a $1,000 fine and serve three years’ probation.

== June, 1990: Arrested for selling cocaine to an undercover L.A. officer. He was convicted and served one year in jail.

If we missed anything, sorry.


And, if the Dodgers failed to do a proper background check on him before authorizing him to sell you tickets (or, whatever else might be in his pockets), that apology is yet to come. When it does, it’ll likely be Doggy style, with James Looney asked to scoop it out of the litter box.

Meanwhile, check out Mr. Dogg’s latest CD, “Ego Trippin’” which includes the song “Sensual Seduction.” Kind of what the Dodgers have with him at this moment in time.

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Our (new) modest Top 10 list of So Cal’s must-do par-3 tracks (for the right price and atmosphere)


Another day of vacation is another opportunity to run up to the Links at Terranea (linked here) — that’s Terra, as the Latin for “earth” as in “terra firma” or “terra cotta”, and then “nea” as in, the 8th most popular Finnish girls’ name in 2004. Something like that.

It’s the Rancho Palos Verdes ocean-cliffs resort that’s only a couple months old (with rooms starting at … if you need to ask, then you probably don’t possess a gray AmEx card) wrapping around a stupendous nine-hole, par-3 course — about 1,200 yards short from the tips.

Check out Jill Painter’s review of it before it disappears into library archive land (linked here).

Jill mentions how the holes each have a name. No. 9 is “Whale Road,” according to director of golf John Fitzpatrick, is a reference to Beowulf, where the ocean is known as Whale Road — which, in this case, affords a view of whale pods occasionally as they migrate north (whites tend to do it in winter, blues at this time of year). There’s a better chance at some magnificent dolphin schools splashing about at the former Marineland site (there’s a reference for someone over 40 who actually learned about sealife from the tidepools and killer whale tanks from the tourist attraction that went away far too soon).

At “Captain’s Bluff,” No. 3 on our scorecard, you aim at the Point Vicente Lighthouse (still very functional), but there’s often a stiff breeze blowing back at you. From 172 yards, I needed a 3 rescue wood and somehow watched it slice and land on the right of the green, then roll toward the ocean (a common occurance) to where it stopped about 4 inches short of a hole-in-one. I had to snap a shot of it from my cellphone, and Daily News videotographer/Internet love guru Ryan Garfat captured it for one-minute presentation (linked here, with my near crowning achievement in the final scene).

Some friends have asked how Terranea’s nine compares to any of the other short tracks we’ve been on in and around So Cal. Considering the whole package — and factoring in the $35 weekend fees — it’s tough to put this anywhere but No. 1 on our destination map. But we’re open minded.

From our experiences, we’ve decided to try to construct a short list — our new Top 10 list of golf courses that can be the perfect 2-hour playdate:


1. The Links at Terranea: (linked here)

Deceivingly dangerous and deliciously devious. And good luck breaking 30 on the par-27 test.

The key to this being the ultimate stop in a 9-hole golf experience is the complete package. You pay a little more — $35 on weekends, $30 on weekdays, with a reduced rate if you play it a second go-round — but you gain it back, and beyond, in peacefulness, high-class treatment (from the clubhouse starter and pro shop to the spectacular, if that’s the right word, portable restrooms) and staggered tee times that don’t put you into a frustrating situation waiting for the group ahead.

Even if there is a slight backup, what can be more calming than to watch a flock of seagulls swoop across the cliffs nearby, or gauge the speed of a small fishing boat chopping through the water. It’s what you’d expect to see in Monterey off the coast of Pebble Beach. Think of that. Where else can you even come close to that kind of experience in Southern California without paying a fortune?

They’ve also got everything a resort can offer to public scavengers — club rental, pull-cart rental (everyone walks, so no electric carts mucking things up), a beverage cooler rental. Or bring your own Sunday bag and leave the driver in the trunk. You’ll probably consider using every other club, however, at one point or another. No driving range, but a nice short-course practice facility plus instruction if you so desire.

Maybe the thing that really puts this in the special category is you have a view of the money pit known as Trump International just a few miles south. Its tricked-up trickery and trumped-up prices leave you wondering if The Donald himself believes he created the landscape for our pleasure. Then you realize — hey, I’m at Terranea, a much more relaxing experience without feeling as if my credit cards have been stolen. Just a couple miles away to the other side and up the hill is Los Verdes Golf Course — another public 18-hole track that offers a lot of the same views for even less of a green fee that Terranea. But good luck getting on. It’s just been listed as the most-played course in all of Southern California.

2. Roosevelt Golf Course (linked here)


Again, tough to beat the views (of the Griffith Park Observatory, across from the Greek Theatre) as well as the smell of the eucalyptus trees. A hilly 2,400 yards (par 33) and $22 on the weekends for non residents, but count me in for the $10.25 twilight fees on weekdays. Just time it so you’re not caught in concert traffic.

3. Studio City Golf Course (linked here):

For $9 a round, and less than 1,000 yards, it’s a 50-year-old landmark on Whitsett just off Ventura Blvd., in the Valley where you get to see celebs (and pseudo-celebs) on the driving range trying to work on their game. It’s convenience to Jerry’s Deli is another plus. Although getting this finished in under two hours is a risk.

4. Harbor Park Golf Course (linked here).

Next to Harbor Junior College in Wilmington, right off the 110 Freeway heading toward San Pedro, is this city-run course that has 3,200 yards (par 36) and was designed by William F. Bell more than 50 years ago. It’s another of the places we learned how to use the longer clubs, and try to avoid the water. Get brave and try it out.

5. Manhattan Beach Golf Club (linked here):

It’s tucked behind the Marriott Hotel on Rosecrans Blvd., near the El Segundo/Manhattan Beach city line, and open to anyone who can find it. For $19 on weekends ($17 on weekdays), it’s a little pricey again for a par 27 (1,209 yards). The signature hole is 150 yards over water at No. 8. The ocean breezes also play into shot selection.

6. Rec Park 9 (linked here)

Actually, it’s known as “Little Rec,” across the street from the more challenging Long Beach Rec (still one of our favorite big courses) but with enough character to make it challenging and fun in the late afternoon — a place we’ve stopped by to keep going after playing on Big Rec and we had the bug to keep working on our short game. A snack bar on the par 31 run (1,900 yards) also helps.

7. Armand Hammer/Holmby Park Pony Course (linked here):

A pitch-n-putt, sure, with 800 yards cut into 18 holes, the longest measuring out generously at 68 yards. But consider the surroundings — off Beverly Glen and Sunset, just west of the UCLA campus. And only $4 on weekends. You can bet there’s some high-end skins games going on there with the locals. It’s Hammer time.

8. Penmar Golf Course (linked here and linked here):

They do seem to take their golf at this neighborhood executive course on Rose Ave. in Venice a little more seriouisly than most — just look at the website on the push to get club membership, tournament news, etc. There are six par 4s (the longest, 398 yards) and three par 3s, and it does get backed up a bit. Maybe because a round is still reasonable (less than $20 most times).

9. The Lakes at El Segundo (linked here)

A revamped course from the one where we learned how to swing the 9-iron some 30 years ago, this one across from the Chevron refinery in Sepulveda gets a lot of traffic (from those coming over from the driving range) for $13 weekend/$11 weekdays on a par 29, 1,300 yard course that starts with three shorties and then one longer one to finish (next to the lake). The new eating facility is very decent to hang out at after playing.

10. Sea Aire (linked here)

It’s a piece of land in Torrance where you’d otherwise think is someone’s backyard. Par 27, longest is 90-yards uphill on No. 5, but there’s a small-town charm about it. Kids will be all over it in the summer, and that’s heartwarming. It’s $4 for residents/$4.50 for everyone else. It’s where we took our kids to learn, and they’ve still enjoyed going back for great memories.


== The VA Medical Center Par 3 course in Brentwood isn’t open right now (linked here) for some strange reasons. But for a nice, quiet secret place to go, call ahead. It’s also a cool place to donate clubs and equipment for the vets to use for free.

==The Dominguez Hills’ Par 3 off the 405 freeway in Carson — you know, with the giant statue of the dude holding the club — at least has lights if you get the hankering to play after dark. The course itself is nothing to brag about, and the freeway traffic noise doesn’t go away. But it can be convenient.

==So too can Alondra Park’s Par 3 course (Lawndale, near El Camino College), next to the Main 18 drag, but it’s far less attractive than what Little Rec does for Big Rec in Long Beach.


If only we could get on Augusta’s Par 3 course some day …

As an aside, we’d consider The Greens in Valencia — a minature golf course that opened years ago with real grass, but having read what’s become of it (linked here), we’re disappointed to hear what’s happened to it.

Eric Tracy has this list he created for Southland Golf magazine (linked here), places we haven’t ventured to but seem to be worth the effort. But having been to many courses in the past with Sir Eric, we trust his judgement and will be interested to see how his eventually makes it to our revised list someday.

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Welcome back …the new USFL? … to be re-sprung this spring … we keep hearing


Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Doug Flutie, Herschel Walker and Donald Trump. Memphis showboats and the stars of Philadelphia. Then Baltimore. And the Los Angeles Express playing the Washington Federals, and all those Fed-Ex jokes …

Naw, that was the spring pro pigskin league that existed amazingly between 1983 and ’85 (linked here and linked here) and stole players from the NFL draft … until the league ran out of cash, then sold off players to the “other” league, and they became Hall of Famers.

Prepare for USFL Version 2.0. In 2010. No kidding.

A new website has magically appeared (linked here) without much media notice, but that’s just the start. According to our sources, Tom Ramsey, the former Kennedy High, UCLA and Express quarterback, is among those calling the shots in a San Diego-based leadership group trying to get this 10-team, 16-game schedule going again this spring. There are currently no plans for an L.A.-based team, but one will be in San Diego.

A new USFL fan site has already been launched as well (linked here).

A full announcement could come as early as the end of this week with more details.

This is not to be confused with the new UFL — United Football League (linked here), that four-team thing where “future stars come to play” set to start Oct. 8. Nor is it to be mistaken for the United States Fight League (linked here).

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The Media Learning Curve: July 31-Aug. 7


The sports media world was all atwitter this week with the news that ESPN has established some “chilling effect” policy about how its reporters usie Twitters and Facebook as a means to do their jobs — break news (linked here).

Mostly, because it had become a joke, with rumor after rumor being replaced by another inaccurate story to the point where the news-gathering source’s reputation was taking a well-deserved hit.


When the New York Times (linked here) gets a sniff of something like this, then it really smacks into a s*$&storm, and there’s more explaining to do, more others commenting on it (linked here), and others, of course, merely tweeting more about it, leading to other leagues and networks considering if they’re doing the right thing by adding to the electronic noise of non-news filteration that’s inflitrating our senses like a spilled truckload of manuer on the 405 near the 710 interchange (linked here).

Incredibly, it was wanna-be reporter Ric (no K, thanks) Bucherwho “broke” the news, on his Twitter account, with the tweet: “The hammer just came down, tweeps: ESPN memo prohibiting tweeting info unless it serves ESPN.” Jim Gray wasn’t fast enough. So far, it has probably proven to be the most accurate thing he’s reported on since insisting Kobe Bryant would be traded by the Lakers within days.

What did we learn about this story as it circulated, recirculated and then died an unnatural death because something else brighter and shiner came around? Nothing, just like anything Twitter related.

If you can’t trust the source, why use it? It’s that simple.

Some speculate ESPN did this because it’s been pulling readers away from the other rumors and inuendo that’s commonly reported on ESPN.com. True enough, but for those of us who’ll never use, rely on or acknoweldge Twitters as a news-gathering resource, we can sleep easier knowing nothing we write will be affected by some half-assed texter who has a free account linked to a social network of nimrods who won’t blink because they fear they’ll miss out on the next biggest piece of information to cloud their opinion.

Yes, we’re hatin’ on Twitter. We’re in tech-denial. Go tweet that, sweetie, and let us know who reacts to it.

Other stuff we learned about this week:

== Frank Deford wilst nary a tweet for ESPN (linked here).

== The United Football League has a TV schedule, with ever single game of the four-team charade appearing either on Versus or Mark Cuban’s HD Net (linked here). Who’s brave enough to take the job as the play-by-play man?


== Fox’s Jay Glazer has gladly grafittied Chris Mortensen’s ESPN tour bus (linked here) and then flashed some Fox gang sign to prove it’s him. What’s Mort supposed to do now, beat him up?

== Do you really need the entire ABC/ESPN NBA schedule? (linked here). Or TNT’s (linked here). Or just the highlights (linked here).

== How will ESPN cover the upcoming US-Mexico kickball game when it doesn’t even have the rights to it? (linked here).

== Who gets the first interview with victim Erin Andrews? Oprah? Diane Sawyer? Does she interview herself, for ESPN? Naw, that’d be too stupid and no information would ever come forth (linked here).

== One of the best lines ever written about Mike Lupica: “Mike Lupica’s ego is to sportswriting what Milton Berle’s (member) is to comedy. (linked here).



Apparently, when writing for ESPN’s website, you can get away with “pretending” to flip off a Yankee Stadium authentic chair, as Bill “The Sports Guy” Simmons does here in an otherwise outstanding tour of the national sports collectors convention in Cleveland (linked here):



== Best fake sports story of the week from the Onion (linked here):

Blue Jays GM Confirms There Never Really Was A ‘Roy Halladay’

TORONTO–Responding to criticism that the team should have done more to deal star pitcher Roy Halladay by the trade deadline, Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi revealed at a press conference Monday that there was no such person as the alleged six-time All-Star.

Please, guys,” said a defensive Ricciardi, who shopped “Halladay” around to the Phillies and Red Sox, among other teams. “A 6-foot-6, 225-pound pitcher with a 94-mph fastball who plays 200 innings a season? We’re not giving that guy away for just anything, even if he does exist.”

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The Media Learning Curve: More junior-sized mints of media interest


Lauryn Lukin, the Dodgers’ VP of broadcasting who oversees the Jr. Dodgers broadcasting program that brings young talent into the booth for a chance to call a game, says she’s constantly amazed how media savvy the kids are these day.


“It’s so exciting to hear a 10-year-old with so much energy, calling a game, after doing all the prep work,” Lukin said. “Some nerves have gotten in the way sometimes, but they’ve been incredible once they settle down and do the game. I can’t wait to see where they end up. If one does end up with a team, to be able to back to when they were 12 or 13, calling a Dodger game, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing for them and a way to track the future of broadcasting.”

John Madden, for instance, must be replaced. And we’ll see how NBC does with that as more media notes come through in addition to today’s media column (linked here):


== NBC teams up Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in calling the Buffalo-Tennessee Hall of Fame exhibition game from Canton, Ohio (5 p.m., Channel 4). For this tandum, it’s their third game together in the booth, having previously called last year’s Pro Bowl and the Seahawks-Bucs game in Week 5.

“It’s not like we are going from a veteran star to a rookie,” said game producer Fred Gaudelli. “We are going from a veteran star to another veteran star, and we are all excited about it.

“Al, Cris and I have had conversations and I think … to go into a season and try to contrive what the difference is going to be is really just a recipe for failure. Cris is incredibly well informed. He has his opinions, he sees the game the way he sees it and I think whatever shape the broadcast is going to take, it’s just going to come out naturally. The main thing is that everybody’s got the same goal to produce the best NFL telecast there is and everything else falls second to that. It will be different, there’s no question about it, but the difference will come naturally.”

“We would all love to see John Madden sitting right next to Al but unfortunately he was ready to retire,” said Collinsworth. “I have talked to John a couple of times this off-season and he’s happy, I think he is a little anxious. I think his motor is running a little bit right now. He’s so used to getting going with football, he’s done it his whole life. He still loves the game and is still following it very closely and it’s exciting for him to see football season come around. I certainly plan on staying in touch with him.”

Michael and Collinsworth have one more exhibition — Sunday, Aug. 30, Chicago at Denver — before the Sept. 10 regular-season kickoff game in Pittsburgh and the first regular-season Sunday night game in Green Bay (with Chicago as the visitors) on Sept. 13.

== ESPN (starting at 4 p.m., with Trey Wingo and Tom Jackson) and the NFL Network (starting at 2 p.m., with Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin and Steve Marucci) have Hall of Fame induction coverage Saturday. Included in the induction as a media member is former CBS NFL studio host Irv Cross.

== ESPN airs the documentary, “The Lost Son of Havana,” on Monday at 7 p.m., after first showing it on ESPN Deportes on Sunday at 3 p.m. The flick shows present-day Cuba with former big-league pitcher Luis Tiant returning to Havana after 46 years of exile and a 19-year career. Then 67, El Tiante confronted the long-simmering feelings of love and loss he had for his family, his former teammates and the country he left behind. Chris Cooper narrates the movie directed by Jonathan Hock (“Through the Fire”) and produced by the Farrelly Brothers.

== Chris Marlowe and Paul Sunderland call the AVP’s Hermosa Open for NBC on Saturday (women’s final at 1:30 p.m.) and Sunday (men’s final at 1:30 p.m.).



== How classic has it been with the way DirecTV has turned the Time Warner Cable technical glitch of the missed Manny Ramirez grand slam from the Dodgers-Reds game on July 22 into another way to directly promote their satellite product? Talk about a self-made marketing campaign falling onto your dish.

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Coming Friday: Jake Reiner, son of Rob, grandson of Carl … heir to Scully?


Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers
Jr. Dodgers Broadcasters Eric Cuevas, left, and Jane Arkangel, center, join Jake Reiner, right, in the booth during a recent Sunday online broadcast. Cuevas was a 10th grade honor student at Loyola High School, where he is forming his own broadcasting club and is a catcher on Loyola’s baseball team. Arkangel, 9, was fifth grader who speaks English and Japanese.

Jake Reiner flew home to Brentwood from Detroit on Wedneday, having spent a day on the set in Michigan with his father, Rob, who’s in the middle of producing and directing a movie called “Flipped,” based on a teen love story.

“I have a little part in it,” said Jake, 18. “I’m the bass player in a band, and I have a pet snakes that eats eggs whole. My name is Skylar. I’m just in one scene.”


Rob Reiner made it a family rule — none of his kids are in his movies until they’re 18. Which leaves Jake’s younger brother, who’s 15, and younger sister, who’s 11, farther down on the waiting list.

Acting, though, isn’t Jake Reiner’s real passion. He’s going to Syracuse University later this month to begin studying broadcasting — with the hope someday of working for the Dodgers on their radio or TV games.

Jake has also been one of the stars of the new Jr. Dodgers broadcasting initinative, which has been cultivating young broadcasting talent by allowing them to call games from the press box that go live online for every Sunday home game. We’ll get more into that program and other apsects of the Dodgers Sports Lab in Friday’s media column.

Having done some acting at Wildwood School in Los Angeles, Jake understands what it takes to engage an audience.

“There’s a lot of showmanship involved,” he said. “You have to have a presence, especially as a stage actor, to make the audience comfortable. Performing translates to broadcasting. The audience needs to know they’re in good hands with you and they’ll know exactly what’s going on without any worry.”

Yup, the kid seems to have a lot of this stuff already figured out. Read more tomorrow.

== More on a recent ballpark tour that Rob and Jake Reiner took (linked here)

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The Hall legacy of George Allen


The Redondo Beach Cafe (linked here) will have a special viewing party of Sunday’s Buffalo-Tennessee Hall of Fame exhibition from Canton, Ohio (4:30 p.m.) to honor Pro Football Hall of Fame coach George Allen and raise money for his son’s local non-profit Freedom4U organization.

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Bill Kilmer is among those former players who have committed to attending the event.

An auction and raffle will take place, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Freedom4U, under the direction of Dr. Greg Allen, son of the late football coach.

A licensed therapist, Greg Allen started Freedom4U to provide services for youth and their families, enriching the quality of their relationships and lives.

Allen, who entered the Hall of Fame in 2002, had the third best winning percentage (.681) in NFL history and never had a losing season. His NFL coaching career began in 1957 with the Los Angeles Rams. Some 30 years later, his defensive innovations had become mainstays of NFL strategies that remain to this day. At the age of 71, in 1990, Allen came out of retirement to coach Long Beach State to a winning season.

Chris Tsangaris, co-owner of the Redondo Beach Cafe with brother Kosta, played for Allen at Long Beach State.

More info on Freedom4U: http://www.freedomcommunity.com

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Coming Thursday: JJJ, the Pittsburgh dealer


Jenny Johnson Jordan has a bit of a problem when asked where she lives these days.

“If they ask where I live, I say Pittsburgh, but if they ask where are you from, I say L.A.,” said the veteran AVP beach volleyball player, who grew up in West L.A., starred at UCLA and was living in Tarzana until moving to Wexford, Pa., a Pittsburgh suburb, last summer.

The move was a leap of faith because her husband, Kevin Jordan – the former UCLA football standout receiver — accepted a job as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ team chaplain. His prayers must have been answered — the team won the Super Bowl, and coach Mike Tomlin gave him plenty of credit for establishiing unitity on the roster.

JJJ, who with longtime partner Annett Davis finished second at the AVP’s stop in Manhattan Beach three weeks ago, is gearing up for this weekend’s Hermosa Beach Open (finals are Saturday, Channel 4, 1:30 p.m.).

We caught up with her — she and the family are staying with her parents, Rafer and Betsy Johnson, in Sherman Oaks — and have more on the adaptation process from beach to steel city in Thursday’s newspaper editions and online.

By the way:

As part of the AVP preliminary events on Sunday, before the men’s final, a USC vs. UCLA alumni match is taking place at 11:30 a.m. on centre court.

Six former USC women’s volleyball players are on the current AVP Crocs Tour, including Jennifer Kessy and April Ross. Other former Trojans include Keao Burdine, Tracy Lindquist and Katie Olsovsky. AVP Legends who’ll be there include Tim Hovland and Steve Obradovich.

UCLA alumni on the AVP Crocs Tour include Johnson Jordan, Davis, Kevin Wong and Jeff Nygaard. Beach volleyball legend Sinjin Smith also attended UCLA and will be on hand at the event.

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