Your L.A. NFL Week 15 TV schedule: In a Perfect NFL world, the NFL Net would control things … and it does


The latest from ESPN’s “NFL Live” show, because you can’t get any better up to the second information on the league, unless you have Internet access. Or the NFL Network. Or some of those other blogs out there are pretty good.

“The Colts still won’t say if they’re going to try for a perfect 16-0,” said ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols.

The implication: There could be a time, either in Week 15, 16 or 17, where the currently 13-0 Colts simply give up and stop trying.

Whatever happens, the NFL Network will know first. It has the Colts’ game Thursday.

It also has the 13-0 New Orleans Saints’ game Saturday against Dallas.

How perfect is that for the NFL Net?

“(Colts) coach Jim Caldwell has told players they are going for 14-0,” Nichols continued in that sing-song voice. “There will be no healthy starters sitting (against Jacksonville) … no punches pulled.”

That must be a relief for the NFL. One team tanks it, the others just fall in line.

Pretty soon, you’ve got a bunch of 0-13 teams saying they are going to try for a perfect 0-16.

If only Detroit hadn’t stumbled onto two wins this season. The Lions would be a perfect … you do the math.



== Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network (with Bob Papa and Matt Millen)


== Dallas at New Orleans, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network (with Bob Papa and Matt Millen)


== New England at Buffalo, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf, instead of Miami-Tennessee, Houston-St. Louis and Cleveland-Kansas City on CBS, or San Francisco-Philadelphia, Arizona-Detroit, Chicago-Baltimore or Atlanta-New York Jets on Fox).

== Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m., Channel 11 (with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman; instead of Tampa Bay-Seattle)

== Cincinnati at San Diego, 1 p.m., Channel 2 (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms; instead of Oakland-Denver)

== Minnesota at Carolina, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4 (with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth)


== New York Giants at Washington, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden).

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The Donald, celebrity golf, and TV cameras: If that wasn’t a recipe for ego-stroking disaster, we otherwise wouldn’t care


The Golf Channel, having enough from Hank Haney trying to fix everyone’s sick swing, has swung it into full-gear sellout by announcing a Donald Trump six-part show that seems to be like “Big Break” except there are supposed to be celebs involved and more exposure for his golf course ventures.

The appropriately cheesy-named “Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf” was announced today but won’t launch until April, 2010. But the storyboard already laid out for this should supercede “30 Rock” as the parody hit of the season.

To wit:

“To ensure each episode brings excitement and a high-level of competition, celebrity players will face-off against others of similar handicaps. The match-ups are destined to take a series of twists and turns as Trump will present many entertaining and exciting challenges along the way, including a pre-determined hole that will be worth $10,000 for the respective charity. While the high-stakes competition is a focal point of the program, viewers also will be offered exclusive access to some of Trump’s most incredible golf properties – from West Palm Beach to his top-rated courses in Scotland, New York, New Jersey and California. Off the course, in each show, fans also will catch a glimpse at how Trump brings his competitive bravado to his growing golfing empire.”

The Donald’s statement: “As everyone knows, golf has always been one of my greatest passions, so I’m excited to work on this new program with Golf Channel, which consists of showcasing some of my top-rated golf resorts from around the world, intriguing discussion and fierce competition with some of the biggest known celebrities of today, and my altruistic goals. I’m also looking forward to granting viewers access to the inner workings of the very successful Trump golf business.”


Speaking of which: What is Trump’s current handicap that he lies about? Gotta be the hair.

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Your first week of college football bowl choices: Albuquerque, St. Pete and N’Orleans … don’t worry, the smell will eventually dissapate


If you’re going by what someone at thinks (story linked here) about the 34 potential bowls that are taking place this month and early next, the first three here rank, in order, as 30th, 27th and 28th best.

The worst: The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, which doesn’t come out of the woodfire oven until the day after Christmas. The best: If you have to ask, you’re not paying attention. No, it’s not a game involving USC (that’s No. 18, putting it in the bottom half).

Let’s get this middle-school party started:


== The New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque: Fresno State vs. Wyoming, ESPN, 2:30 p.m. with Terry Gannon and David Norrie

== The St. Petersburg Bowl: University of Central Florida vs. Rutgers, ESPN, 5 p.m. with Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Rob Stone


== New Orleans Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. Middle Tennessee, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, with Dave Lamont and J.C. Pearson

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SI’s fifth annual sports media in review


Stephen Colbert on the cover of Sports Illustrated … a sign of the apocalypse?

A sign of the times.

The Dec. 21 issue, on news stands Wednesday, props go to the Comedy Central fake pundint and U.S. speedskating savior who has raised sponsor money through his “Nation” for the American squad going into the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Nearly 9,000 individual donors, kicking in an average of $30, have helped make up for a Dutch bank sponsor that pulled out, and traffic on the USS website has doubled.

For some reason, 2006 Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis called Colbert “a jerk” earlier this month — the rest of the team love it.

Says Colbert: “They look like members of Blue Man Group, but beyond that there’s nothing comedic about speedskating. These are incredible athletes. My character isn’t ironically detached, he’s ironically a-ttached–things are important to him. And right now we’re here for speedskating.”

More from the SI media issue:

== A piece on Cris Collinsworth, who replaced John Madden on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”

== A piece on Bill Simmons and how he got to the top of the New York Times bestseller spot.

== A piece on “Invictus” and the power of the sports movie (when compared to Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It.”)

== A piece on how Chad Ochocinco (Hachi Go) has helped Twitter go nuts.

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Our Daily Dread: The Dodger fire sale begins — stay classy Juan Pierre in Chicagoland


Two players on the Chicago White Sox roster will be delivered to the Dodgers by Jan. 7 in a trade announced today for outfielder Juan Pierre.

The cheaper they come, the better.

In one sense, the Dodgers dump an expensive contract. In another, they give themselves no insurance if/when Manny Ramirez bails out in the middle of his option season for lack of interest/injury/fertility drug use.

In a large sense, they give up too much character.

You were concerned that the Dodgers were too quiet? Here’s the opposite. It’s time to dump payroll. Poor Juan, and his five-year, $44 million deal that had yet expired. In fact, the Dodgers will reportedly pay about $10 mil of the $18.5 mil left on the final two years of Pierre’s contract.

Yes, they’ll pay him to leave.

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says that “Juan always put the Dodgers first, even when it wasn’t in his personal best interest. In this day, that is a rare attribute. When he and I spoke at the end of the season, we agreed that if an opportunity presented itself in which his chance to play would be enhanced, we would pursue it and that’s what we’ve done. He deserved the chance to play more.”

And Dodger fans deserve … nothing.

In three years with the Dodgers, Pierre hit .294, stole 134 bases and had a .339 on base percentage. Last year, all he did was hit .308 in 145 games.

Which two players off the White Sox’s roster should the Dodgers expect?

Jake Peavy and Paul Konerko?

Mark Buehrle and Bobby Jenks?

Think more, OMG, Brian Omogrosso and Brent Lillibridge.

Although the Chisox did just add Andruw Jones to their roster … Does Pierre know he’ll be challenging him — again — for playing time?

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