No objections here over TBS dropping Chip Caray


A Turner Network spokesman confirmed Monday that TBS won’t be using Chip Caray on baseball play by play in the future.

A son of late Braves broadcaster Skip Caray and a grandson of famed broadcaster Harry Caray, Chip Caray did first-round and division series playoff games for TBS during the past three seasons. He originally worked with Tony Gwynn and Bob Brenly, then teamed with Ron Darling and Buck Martinez.

Caray also was part of the network’s Sunday regular-season package.

Pomeroy said no replacement has been picked.

“Since the end of the 2009 MLB Playoffs, we’ve had several discussions with Chip Caray regarding 2010 and beyond. Both sides agree that now is the right time to move ahead on different paths,” the network said in a statement.

Not soon enough for most.

Caray was criticized heavily for his work, particularily last October, when he miscalled plays.

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Coming Tuesday: An old-school solution to the Tiger case


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A new fire hydrant is seen in the front of Tiger Woods’ home in the Isleworth community in Windermere, Fla., on Monday.

Dan Durbin, a USC Annenberg School of Communications & Journalism professor who specializes in sports media and pop culture, said he was talking to a doctoral student and an undergrad Monday afternoon outside his office about the latest “news” to come out in the Tiger Woods saga.

“They were both speculating about what had happened, based on what they’d heard and read,” said the 48-year-old Durbin. “One said, ‘I heard it was a fight . . .’ The other said, ‘I heard he had an affair’ and then talked about something else he read about something else online.

“And this is the fundamental problem.”

Durbin says he’s in “a wait-and-see mode until some kind of authoritative source gives what seems to be a reasonable and legitimate explanation.”

Good luck with that.

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Our Daily Dread: Tiger’s tale, and trying to decide which is the true way it wags


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A caddie walks past an ad showing a photo of Tiger Woods at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks on Monday, where the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, will take place starting Wednesday.

It’s the best of New York Times for the sports media.

It’s the worst of Internet times for the sports media.

Tiger Woods, again, has brought us together at this dysfunctional news-gathering divide.

The shelf live of this Woods’ daily story (in the so-called “mainstream” media) and hourly story (in the ever-present “new” media) depends on how much the beast needs, or wants, to be fed.

The public, in Tiger terms, is hungry for meat. How much do they need to consume?

Since the world-wide public figure crashed his car pulling out of his driveway at his Florida home early Friday morning, there’s the fact — he injured himself, appeared to be unconscious for a time, went to the hospital, came back home, has avoided talking to local authorities (not a crime) and said in a statement his back window was smashed out because his wife, Elin, tried to “courageously” rescue him.

More facts: The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking a search warrant for hospital records that would document how he was treated at the hospital — the police want to determine if the injuries Woods had, including facial cuts, came from an auto accident or domestic violence.


There’s also no getting around the fact that two days earlier, the National Enquirer (“Got News? We’ll Pay Big Bucks”) reported that Woods had an affair with a woman, who has since hired attorney Gloria Allred to defend her in the court of public opinion and beyond.

The Enquirer is a national magazine that while focusing on celebrity gossip, has been right at a low percentage of the time enough to make everyone else now pay attention and consider it as a legitimate news source. Sometimes.

Jumping to conclusions from Point A to Point Z, independent reports on the Internet do more than imply there’s much more behind this.

The mainstream media has reported on what’s been reported, trying to at least be “for the record” without giving it any validation. Yet.

It puts the journalists who are skeptical, yet act responsible, on one side working both against and with those who are cynical, and act on their own behalf, trying to poke the sleeping Tiger for more information — especially since he’s now said he’ll bail out on attending his own charity event at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks to lick his wounds.

Holding the media up for examination isn’t news, as we try to define again which media sources are more useful and which is more of a nuisance. But we watch with interest as the public is less likely to make a delineation. It’ll buy the ice cream from the stand that’s within its reach more likely than wait for the next batch to be made with more care and quality control.

We find ourselves amused, and confused, in which direction to turn for accurate information. Who wins in the long run — the short-term satisfaction instant sources or the ones established for having the patience to see how things shake out before reporting on what’s known and what isn’t?


Our go-to source in many case, the New York Times, sums things up well on its website in its “Leading Off” blog (linked here) – again, blurring the line between what’s a mainstream source here and what’s another Internet novelty.

It surveys the landscape with links to those sites that are trying to fill in the so-called blanks. It even offers up a great Twitter-land take: Someone pointed out that Woods was “a mailbox and a parked car away from the Tiger Slam” after hitting a fire hydrant and a neighbor’s tree.

Which means, of course, this will run the course of Leno / Letterman / Kimmel / Conan.
It will lead to (the main site of Golf magazine, a company that’s part of the Sports Illustrated family) to not only try to cover this in a responsible way but also link to a story called “Celebs weigh in on Tiger crash,” with a list of Twitter responses from those like Seth Meyers, Rainn Wilson and LPGA player Erica Blasberg (“ thanks for bringin us the real dirt!”) because, apparently, we need to know this.


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There seems to be no line blurred when it comes to identifying news after it happens. The Associated Press is presenting a copy of a photo from to all its mainstream media clients today because, to tell the truth, it’s the only one who seems to have a photo of the damaged vehicle. It even comes with the strange dual photo credit of AP and TMZ. Partners in covering a crime. When it’s beneficial to both.

In the most recent past, it would have been the sports-talk radio shows driving this. Now those hosts simply pick and choose which website or blog they tend to align with and hash it out in the court of public opinion.

Again, the mainstream media types, using whatever technology is available to us, are left trying to act as impartial artibrators and clean up everyone else’s messes.

The challenge to the consumer is not just who to believe, but what you want to believe, and why you choose to believe something.

We’ll do our best to convey the information in a responsible fashion. Don’t mistake speed for inadequacy.

Those who want to doubt Tiger’s story will always be there. As a public relations move, it does his image no good to stand behind statements on his own website, or those offered by his representatives.

It put an air of dishonesty out there. There’s no transparency to this. Yet.

If you’re to believe Tiger as a family man, a product endorser or a legendary golfer, the message should come from him. As Sports Illustrated senior writer Joe Posnanski wrote on today: “This is the first time in a long time that something big about Tiger Woods has been revealed without Tiger Woods officially endorsing it.”

Human nature will only fuel this story. And as Tiger himself admitted in some kind of statement over the last days, he’s only human himself.

The funny thing about golf: It’s the only sport where you’re supposed to call penalties on yourself. It’s a gentleman’s game that’s built on character and trust.

This isn’t a public image problem he can just swipe his American Express card at and make go away.

The media must keep trying to report what’s accurate. All we can do is hope you wait for the process to take place, rather than try to cut ahead of the line and get a better tee time.

Until then, we’ll keep an eye on the newschopper trying to follow the slow moving white Ford Bronco black Escallade as its towed to a local repair shop for further investigation.

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Play it forward: Nov. 30-Dec. 6 on your L.A. sports calendar



The NFL’s top two offenses meet — the undefeated Saints (420.5 yards a game) and the twice-beaten Patriots (416.1 yards a game) — meaning someone’s going to have to play defense. New England ranks No. 7 in the league defensively; New Orleans is No. 17.
The combined record of New Orleans’ foes is also a mere 37-63; the Pats have faced a much stronger schedule. Berman, begin the bellyaching …
NFL: New England at New Orleans, 5:30 p.m., ESPN.



The Kings, est. 1967, hold the edge over the Ducks, est. 1993, by a 39-34-17 count in the regular season meetings. But in the last 10 encounters, they’re even at 4-4-2. Yeah, we know, when these two get together, they throw all the records out. Then go retrieve them, because people want to know what they are.
NHL: Kings at Ducks, Honda Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 1150-AM, 830-AM.

Jeff Bower. He’s the Hornets current head coach, the one they picked after they excused Byron Scott. So how’s that working? Chris Paul remains injured, leaving Darren Collison to pick up the slack. Want to return your tickets now?
NBA: Lakers vs. New Orleans, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West, 710-AM.


Trevor Ariza won’t have any championship ring to collect on this trip to L.A.
NBA: Clippers vs. Houston, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 980-AM.



The winner of this one at Sherwood Country Club gets $1.35 million of the $5.75 million purse. In contention: Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Padraig Harrington, Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Anthony Kim, Sean O’Hair, Kenny Perry, Ian Poulter, Vijay Singh, Steve Stricker, Camilo Villegas, Mike Weir, Lee Westwood and Y.E. Yang.
Tiger Woods?
Hmmmm. Might depend on what the state troopers of Florida may have to say about things. Because this all benefits his foundation, Tiger wants to get his story straight with his wife before leaving her behind on another road trip.
Golf: First round of the Chevron World Challenge, Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Golf Channel, noon to 3 p.m. (Golf Channel also has the second round Friday; NBC has the third and final rounds Saturday and Sunday at noon)


To the winner of this Civil War, it’s the Rose Bowl. Not the BCS title Rose Bowl, but the other one one New Year’s Day. Oregon started it season with a Thursday night contest on ESPN — and lost to Boise State.
College football: Oregon State at Oregon, 6 p.m., ESPN.

The Longhorns have actually received some first-place voting in the latest AP poll. The Trojans, not so many. Even after that impressive win over Coppin State.
College basketball: USC at Texas, 6 p.m., ESPN2.

The Senators from Ottawa have legislated a trip to Los Angeles.
NHL: Kings vs. Ottawa, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West, 1150-AM.



Dwayne Wade update: Still good. Fifth in the league in scoring at more than 27 a game. Seventeenth in assists at more than 5 a click.
NBA: Lakers vs. Miami, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, FSN West, 710-AM.


Winner gets the … let’s see … Little Caesars Bowl? Does the GMAC Bowl need someone of stature? Seems kinda shortchanging everyone here. Loser wonders why it was scheduled following the emotional letdown game against their rival.
College football: USC vs. Arizona, Coliseum, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7, 710-AM.

Winner gets the … BCS title game, right. Loser is sent to the Sugar Bowl, maybe to make sure Boise State pays the price for butting into the party.
College football: SEC Championship: Florida vs. Alabama, 1 p.m., Channel 2.

Winner gets … a BCS title bid. Uh, not so fast, Cornhuskers. That’s only for you, Longhorns.
College football: Big 12 Championship: Texas vs. Nebraska, 5 p.m., Channel 7.

Play this one outside at Dodger Stadium if you’re going to force us to watch hockey in the daytime.
NHL: Kings vs. St. Louis, Staples Center, 1 p.m., FSN West, 1150-AM.

Play this one outside at the Nokia Theatre if you’re going to force anyone to watch the Clippers try to keep pace with the Pacers.
NBA: Clippers vs. Indiana, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 980-AM.

As long as they’re on a road trip, head over to Atlanta and try not to make it too embarassing.
College basketball: USC at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m., Fox Sports Southwest, 710-AM.



Let’s assess the latest damage: UCLA couldn’t win the seventh place game of something called the 76 Classic in Anaheim, losing their third in a row, by 11 points to Long Beach State. The 49ers had never beaten UCLA — 0-11 going back to 1970. Where does Ben Howland’s 2-4 team go from here? A meeting against the nation’s near unanimous top-ranked team comes visiting to Pauley. Duck n’ cover.
College basketball: UCLA vs. Kansas, Pauley Pavilion, 2:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 570-AM.


Last meeting, the Lakers collected a 121-102 win over the Suns, playing the second of a back-to-back, on Nov. 12. They’ve been No. 1-2 in the Pacific Division ever since.
NBA: Lakers vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, 6:30 p.m., FSN West, 710-AM.

NBC picked this one from the Fox schedule recently because, well, wouldn’t you want to see Brett Favre against Kurt Warner in prime-time now that “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has ended its season?
NFL: Minnesota at Arizona, 5:15 p.m., Channel 4.

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