Costas: Stop with the booty call-outs

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Bob Costas, in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, said it about viewer complaints related to NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics:

“Some of it is really informed and insightful, and some of it is something people pull out of their rear end.”

Here’s some of the reader response we got already from our column today (linked here), by readers like you who speak from either your front or rear ends:

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– Jack & Joy Patzold:

“My wife and I agree with your article this morning that NBC has really screwed up their ‘coverage’ of the Olympics. We also have the ability to receive MSNBC and just by luck and the schedule in the Daily News Sports section we were able to view the last 20 minutes of the USA vs. Canada game; a thriller to be sure!

When we saw the antics later in the night we could not believe our eyes, This event by Mr. Costas, et. al., ranks up there with equipment malfunction, lip syncing, and virtual anything. We begin not to believe anything that the television media show or say to us. Entertainment, we think not and thank them NOT to think for us, just show the live events, we can turn down the sound and edit out the annoyances.

Thank you for blasting NBC although to change their minds about scheduling is like stopping a Freight train with a Zippo!”

– Jean Harrell:

“I have been bellyaching for years about their live coverage and made numerous calls to them to complain, mainly on their live tennis coverage. I hate it when they televise tennis because they are seldom live and the results have already been posted on the likes of ESPN. They also have the nerve to tell viewers to look away if they do not want to see the result. Keep up your ridicule of their coverage.”

– Javy in Burbank:

NBC completely screwed up the entire Olympics! Seriously, and they wonder why ratings are in the sewer! FISHING on ESPN 2 and the Westminster Dog show got higher ratings because NOBODY CARES ABOUT ICE DANCING!!!

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‘Old man’ Kornheiser takes a PTI TO … for starting a fire Storm

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” ‘Old Man’ Kornheiser is off today,’” said Mike Wilbon at the opening of Monday’s episode of “Pardon the Interruption” on ESPN.

Truth is, Tony Kornheiser is off for a few days, essentially because he spoke the truth.

SportsByBrooks.com confirmed (linked here) that Kornheiser’s comments about the attire recently worn by ESPN “SportsCenter” tart Hannah Storm (not her real name: It’s Storen) got him punished by the Bristol suits.

According to an Associated Press report, ESPN VP of content John Skipper said Kornheiser has been banished for two weeks because “hurtful and personal comments such as these are not acceptable and have significant consequences.”

On his D.C.-based radio show last week, Kornheiser said:

Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt … way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now. She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body … I know she’s very good, and I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won’t … but Hannah Storm … come on now! Stop! What are you doing? … She’s what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.

He apologized on the air, and to Storm, last Friday. Kornheiser, via a link from TheBigLead.com (linked here), had an explanation of what happened to open his ESPN 980 show today.

(So he was punished on the TV end, but not on the radio end where the “offense” took place).

I back Tony 110 percent on this one. It had to be said, if not by him, than at the very least by Hannah’s husband, NBC broadcaster Dan Hicks, who has his kids to protect. You can’t let your wife out of the house looking like … well, you know…. no matter how much you think sex sells sports on TV and is vital to your career well-being.

Act your age, Hannah. Ask Linda Cohn for her Macy’s card and do the right thing.

What are you thinking? Really? It’s not a thong and tube-top, but who’s decision is this for you to put on your body?

This goes back to a year ago, when Deadspin.com (linked here) was wondering about the “de-cleavaging” of Storm — she had been dressing much more appropriately. But then …

This clip, in August (note, the long lick with the finger):

You ain’t Hurricane Hannah any more, and we’re OK with that. Dress accordingly. Please. For the kids.

Especially if “PTI” asks you to sit in for Kornheiser this week. Which ESPN, if it was thinking clearly, would do so immediately.

For reference, this is Hannah, on the left and some other ESPN wannabe on the right:

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Aaron Boone puts his USC degree, and his heart, to new work for ESPN

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Aaron Boone won’t be playing baseball anymore. After 16 seasons in the pros — 12 in Major League Baseball, with six teams — the former USC star third baseman won’t be going far. ESPN announced today that he’s been hired as a new “Baseball Tonight” analyst starting next week, as well as doing some game color.

“It is with a sense of pride, sadness, and enthusiasm that I formally announce my retirement after 16 years of professional baseball,” Boone said in a statement. “While it’s tough to leave the game as a player, I am eager to start my next career with my new team at ESPN. I am very grateful that I’ll be able to stay in the game as an ESPN analyst and work with people who share the same passion for baseball that I do. I really appreciate ESPN giving me the opportunity to evolve in the sport that I love.”

Jay Levy, ESPN senior coordinating producer, added: “As a player, Aaron was a tremendous competitor known for one of baseball’s most dramatic postseason walk-off home runs. He offers an important perspective, being recently removed from the game and having deep baseball roots, which will make him a great addition to our team.”

In 12 seasons, most of them with the Cincinnati Reds (’97-03), Boone was an NL All Star in ’03. On the last day of the 1998 season, the Reds helped him make baseball trivia history by starting the only infield ever composed of two sets of brothers — first baseman Stephen Larkin, second baseman Bret Boone, shortstop Barry Larkin, and third baseman Aaron Boone.

In ’03, after he was traded late in the season to the New York Yankees, Aaron Boone hit the famous game- and series-clinching home run in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 of the ALCS to push the Yankees to a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox and Tim Wakefield.

Boone’s combined ’03 stats: 24 home runs, 96 RBI and a .267 average.

That offseason, Boone tore a knee ligament during a pick-up basketball game played in violation of his contract with the Yankees and was released — opening the way for the Yankees to obtain Alex Rodriguez. He didn’t return to the big leagues until 2005 (with Cleveland), and after stops in Florida (’07) and Washington (’08), he went to Houston (’09) and is believed to be the first player to return to the big leagues after open-heart surgery.

He underwent the procedure in March ’09, and returned to the field in September, six months later when he made his Astros debut against the Chicago Cubs. He appeared in 10 games over the remainder of the season. Boone said he had known about his heart condition since his college days at USC, but tests after a physical determined he needed surgery, although it was not an emergency.

Boone is a member of what could be the most famous family of major leaguers — grandfather Ray was a former All-Star third baseman, father Bob was a former All-Star catcher (including a time with the Angels) and manager (he was Aaron’s manager at one time), and brother Bret is a retired All-Star second baseman, also from USC.

Boone, a Villa Park High standout, was a guest analyst for the MLB Network coverage of the 2009 ALCS between the Angels and Yankees and also worked for ESPN Radio.

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Misc. media notes from around and around

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From the Associated Press:

Two broadcasters are facing criticism for derogatory comments made about American figure skater Johnny Weir.

The Quebec Gay and Lesbian Council has demanded a public apology from French-language broadcaster RDS after one commentator said Weir hurts figure skating’s image and another said Weir should be made to take a gender test.

The remarks were “outrageous” and “homophobic,” CQGL said in a statement on its Web site.

Weir has repeatedly avoided questions about his sexual orientation in the past, saying it’s no one’s business and it has no bearing on what he does as an athlete. He is aware of the comments, agent Tara Modlin said Monday.

“The comment is so inappropriate that we will not even justify it with a response,” U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said.

Australia’s Channel Nine has reportedly gotten complaints from viewers after two of its hosts joked about the masculinity of Weir and other male skaters.

From Darren Rovell at CNBC.com:

For the 30-year anniversary of Miracle on Ice, we sat down with the game’s play-by-play announcer, Al Michaels:

Q: “Do You Believe In Miracles” is arguably the most famous call of all-time in sports. How do you come up with that?

AM: I came up with it from my heart I guess. I know somebody wrote recently that it was the nine-year-old in me. I love sports and you can’t think of something like that beforehand.

Q: So, what have those words been worth it to you?

AM: Certainly it’s a nice signature I guess. People love to talk about it. For me the irony was I was at ABC, it was my fourth year at ABC and I’m in my mid-thirties at that point,. I was on a fast track to begin with on a staff with Howard Cosell, Jim McKay, Frank Gifford, Keith Jackson. They bring me in and I’m the up and coming guy. I had done the World Series in 1979, so it wasn’t like I came out of nowhere and this happened. Now this what great, no question about it, but I was kind of moving along on a track that was going to let me do a lot of the big events at ABC. But, in terms of capitalizing on it, when I go out to give a speech its what people want to hear. It gives me something to talk about.

From NBC’s media relations department:

The top 10 metered markets as far as Neilsen ratings for the Winter Olympics over the last 10 days:

1. Milwaukee, 22.8/35
2. Denver, 22.7/37
3. Salt Lake City, 22.4/38
4. Seattle, 21.0/38
5. Minneapolis, 20.5/35
T6. St. Louis, 19.4/30
T6. Columbus, 19.4/30
8. San Diego, 19.1/32
9. Portland, 18.8/34
10. West Palm Beach, 18.7/27
11. Cleveland, 18.1/28
12. Kansas City, 18.0/27
13. Nashville, 17.7/26
14. Boston, 17.6/31
T15. Phoenix, 17.3/28
T15. Providence, 17.3/29
17. Oklahoma City, 17.2/26
T18. Austin, 17.1/28
T18. Tulsa, 17.1/25
T18. Ft. Myers, 17.1/27
T21. Sacramento, 17.0/30
T21. Cincinnati, 17.0/26
23. Washington D.C., 16.8/27
24. Richmond, 16.7/25
25. Indianapolis, 16.6/27

Los Angeles is No. 48 at 13.8/25

From the Associated Press:

Viewers tuning in to the start of the women’s figure skating competition Tuesday may notice something different coming from NBC’s booth — silence.

Scott Hamilton said he and partners Tom Hammond and Sandra Bezic have made a special effort this Olympics to keep quiet during performances, except to interject a point or two.

That will continue with the women’s event, generally considered the television showcase of the Olympics.

“There are so many details happening during these performances that we’re keeping track of,” Hamilton said, “but for us to throw that in front of an audience, especially when a majority of your audience is an every-four-year viewer, I think it would be intrusive and confusing and so complicated that no one would enjoy the event.”

He said bosses, including NBC Olympics chief Dick Ebersol, wanted to cut down on verbal clutter for artistic events. Because the competition is presented live on the East Coast, there’s no opportunity for editing.

Viewers could also drown in technicalities because of a new scoring system, which already had a big impact on men’s figure skating.

“We’ll give just enough information and let the performances speak on their own merits,” he said.

Hamilton said five or six women could legitimately compete for medals. But many of the women are evenly matched, the scoring system is a wild card and in recent Olympics favorites have not reacted well to the pressures of the big stage.

“Handicapping is almost irresponsible,” he said.

From the Associated Press:

The United States’ thrilling 5-3 men’s hockey victory over Canada set or tied records in two countries.

It was the most-watched sporting event in Canadian television history, according to the partnership of Canadian networks airing the games. An estimated 10.6 million people watched the game north of the border — many of them bitterly disappointed.

In the U.S., the game was televised live on the MSNBC cable network, where it was seen by 8.2 million people, according to the Nielsen Co. That ties Election Night 2008 as the most-watched event on that network, Nielsen said.

NBC offered only a taste of the game — less than a minute. NBC’s prime-time Olympics coverage was seen by 23.3 million. With stiff competition from its own sister network, that was below NBC’s average for the Vancouver Games.

From Awful Announcing.com:

Dana Jacobsen, apologizing again:

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NASCAR-wreck alert: Fans think they got them some talent

Figures. Just when NASCAR is all done with L.A., it decided to launch a song-and-dance talent show for its fans.

Speed, the auto-racing cable channel owned by Fox, is about to launch a reality show “Fast Track to Fame” that’ll debut on March 1 at 6 p.m., with 10 episodes lined up to find those who think they have talent in coordination of where ever NASCAR stops along the way.

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Fox says they way they’ll find contestants is through the local media in whatever city NASCAR happens to land (last week, Fontana; this week, Las Vegas). Riki Rachtman is one of the judges. NASCAR personalities will also be part of the judging. Although this here thing looks like the perfect vehicle for Terry Bradshaw somehow.

Broadcast & Cable reports today that the show is the first major development announced since Fox Sports chairman David Hill expanded his role at News Corp.

Michael Waltrip will host it. His brother, Darrell, is part of Fox’s NASCAR broadcast team. His other brother Darrell may be the only other person interested in watching this.

“I love talent shows,” Michael says in the B&C story. “I went to Hunter (Nickell, Speed Channel president) and told him he should air a NASCAR talent show. He thought it was a great idea, and next thing you know, we’re doing it. I know there’s a lot of hidden talent in NASCAR Nation, and we’re going to find it and have a blast while we do.”

Charissa Thompson will co-host the hour-long show for singers, dancers and comedians. Presumably, those who also can play a song on their belly, fart to “King Of The Road” and gangle their car keys will have access to coming on.

It begins taping this week and runs until May. NASCAR does return to Southern California, but not until Oct. 10, the sixth race from the season-ender.

By that time, we’ll be so lonesome we could cry.

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Our Daily Dread: When NBC gets in the way of its ‘live’ self

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USA’s Bobby Ryan celebrates a goal against Canada by teammate Chris Drury in the second period of a preliminary round men’s ice hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada’s Dan Boyle (22), left, Sidney Crosby (87), center, and goalie Martin Brodeur (30) were in on the play.

We interrupt this “live” bobsled competition, right smack in the middle of a run that could possibly end in death, to go “live” to the hockey rink because we need to show you some major event taking place ….

Seriously, that’s what Bob Costas proclaimed on our NBC-programmed TV set last night, a little before 10 p.m. …

We should have seen this coming from three time zones away.

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The scoop you couldn’t go to bed without knowing about –”live,” the last 16 seconds of the USA’s 5-3 victory over Canada. You gotta see this. All your pals will be talking about it Monday morning around that broken fax machine over by the receptionist’s desk that’s been vacant the last seventh months ago after she was laid off now we have to learn to learn the refill the damn unnecessary contraption by ourselves because someone still sends us faxes.

This hockey game, by the way, was an event we actually saw happened, turning a time that we care to refer to as live without quotes around it, exactly precisely and specifically three hours earlier. Way over on MSNBC non-HD. Per NBC’s instructions. Because it was buried in HD ice dancing.

The beauty agony of NBC’s Winter Olympic coverage originating from our Pacific Time Zone means we’re in a constant time warp of sorts that will never add up, no matter how many five-dollar Subway adds buffer reality from the truth of the matter.

Mark this down — we are at the breaking point in the NBC Winter Olympics when the network in charge, the one losing thousands of dollars in ad revenue, is now breaking into our taped coverage to bring us taped coverage.

Sure, it was once live at one time in another part of this country. But because we choose to live a better lifestyle in the part of the world the NBC does not fully acknowledge as a viable TV community, we continue to be force fed leftover byproduct.

What a bunch of ice holes.

It was curious enough that NBC joined those last few seconds, when the game had already been decided. Why not two minutes earlier, when the U.S. was clinging to a 4-3 lead, and Canada was merclessly firing shot after shot after shot at goaltender Ryan Miller, until they pulled their own goalie, Marty Brodeur, for an extra attacker — only to have that backfire on an incredible empty-net goal. None of that was worth watching on tape by backing up the time machine just a few clicks?

Instead, for your true live (in the East coast) dive in, you get the already-been-determined view of a game that’s over. Like joining a Bar Mitzvah when the frumpy custodian comes in with the pushboom to start sweeping up all the broken glass and empty dreams.

To add insult to insult, after some great analysis (again, what we already saw) from Ed Olczyk and Doc Emick — Eddie called the victory “tremendously tremendous!” — and an interview with Miller, Costas comes back, does some recap, goes to another dozen commercials, and NBC returns to have Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth live at the arena for their take on what just happened.

Now, an episode of “Sunday Night Football” breaks out.

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Collinsworth, the former NFL player and current NFL commentator who knows a lot about football, says that U.S.-Canada game was so exciting it was “like Ernie Banks … let’s play two!”

Yeah, if you’re confused, we’re confused which sport he’s now referring to as well. It may as well be mixed curling.

Collinsworth added on the importance of this game to Canada: “You could take all the emotion from all the other sports all week and put them in one pile. This is the moment that mattered to them.”

Collinsworth added on Miller’s 42 saves: “Jim Craig was so awesome back in 1980 but if he were better than Ryan Miller, I’d be surprised.”

May we add that Collinsworth just stick to pigskin rather than vulcanized rubber sports?

Michaels, who knows a miracle or two when announces one, was so pumped up about what he just saw, you wish you could have joined him. Oh, wait, we did see it earlier. We know what he’s talking about. We saw all the Twitter accounts and blog postings and even a few Western Union recaps of what unfolded.

“When we walked into the building, it was just electric and it stayed that way until the very end,” Michaels said.

Then why didn’t NBC share that earlier?

Too late. Michaels couldn’t convey the essence of that three-hour game that, again, we saw because we took the time in our schedule to want to watch it as it happened.

NBC, which proports to care about hockey because it’s the only major network to carry NHL games during the season as well as the Stanley Cup Finals, blew its prime opportunity to bring the most exciting event of the Winter Olympics to the most eyes.

And when it tried to scramble to make up for its boner — no matter the fact that Olympic hockey will not deliver the ratings that a brother-sister skating team from England would bring dressed up Daisy Duke cowboy outfits touching, holding and sitting on each other in very inappropriate ways — NBC pucked it all up.

Sorry, but if NBC was trying to appeal to female viewers, my wife was coming out of her seat watching the U.S.-Canada hockey game. She couldn’t believe the intensity. Or the lack of penalties. Or the Canadian player who practically rode the U.S. player on his back into the boards and finally was called for a penalty.

But then, later in the evening, she settled in for her figure skating. Even as Tom Hammon called that pair “ridiculous” for their Aboriginal unoriginal costumes.

Ridiculous was an adjective used in that case in the proper manner. We agree it should also be used to describe NBC’s lack of full coverage of these Games.

From Vancouver.

Where, if you check your watch, it’ll be the exact same time as it is here in Los Angeles.

Nothing gets lost there in the exchange. Except NBC’s credibility.

O, Canada. Oh, NBC….

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Sorry, we can’t hear you … you say baseball’s all-time greatest team broadcaster of all time, if the MLB would make an all-time list….

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The MLB Network’s latest “Prime 9″ list goes to the heart of the matter: The Bestest MLB Team Broadcasters in History.

Before you tune in tonight, think about the possiblities.

Who’s not on the list? Easy there, Terry Smith. We just want the best nine.

We promised the MLB Net not to reveal the actual order of the list, from No. 1 to 9. We have the names of the those who’ll be feature on the show — Curt Gowdy, Phil Rizzuto, Harry Caray, Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Jack Buck, Red Barber and Mel Allen.

Oh, and Vin Scully.

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Again, not in that order. As we promised. For that, you’ll have to tune in and pretend to be suprised.

“Prime 9″ on broadcasters airs at 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. today, Channel 213 on DirecTV, Time Warner 276 & 470, Cox 119, 262, 340 & 762 or 737, Charter 418 & 429 or 718 and Verizon FiOS 86 or 586. It repeats 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

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Play it forward: Feb. 22-28 on your sports calendar

Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:

MONDAY

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Winter Olympics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Channel 4:

Prime time fodder goes heavy with the figure skating dance gold-medal final. Ever try to dance on the ice? We won’t dance around the fact that our interest is more in the two women’s hockey semifinals — USA vs. Sweden at noon (USA Network) and Canada vs. Finland at 5 p.m. (CNBC). The men’s U.S. curling team also has a border war to solve with brooms and stones against Canada (9 a.m., USA Network).

NBA: Clippers vs. Charlotte, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket:

Four years ago, Michael Jordan became partowner of the Charlotte Bobcats. During Friday’s Cleveland-Charlotte game, Bobcats owner Bob Johnson sat courtside, but avoided reporters as rumors continue to circulate that NBA commissioner David Stern expects the team to be sold in 60 days — perhaps, all to Jordan. Who wasn’t courtside. And probably won’t be on this trip West with the team. But you never know.

TUESDAY

NBA: Lakers at Memphis, 5 p.m., Ch. 9:

Seemed like just a couple of weeks ago when the Lakers were in Tennessee, and Kobe was proclaimed the greatest Laker of all time because he passed Jerry West on the franchise’s all-time regular-season scoring list. Has Kobe even played in a game since then? If he’s back on the court for this one, that’ll be news unto itself.

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Winter Olympics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Channel 4:

The women’s figure skating starts with the short program in prime time. Since Johnny Weir finished sixth in the men’s competition, does that disqualify him from becoming a late U.S. entry into this mix?

WEDNESDAY

Winter Olympics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Channel 4:

The four men’s hockey quarterfinals are played at noon, 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., with NBC taking the first one live. In prime time, the women’s Alpine giant slalom gold-medal final should put Lindsay Vonn back in the spotlight. There’s also gold to give out in the women’s frestyle style skiing aerials, the women’s bobsled, the men’s short track 500 meters, the men’s cross country 4x10km relay and the women’s short track 3,000 relay.

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NBA: Lakers at Dallas, 6 p.m., Ch. 9, ESPN:

This one won’t be played at the Cowboys Stadium, but many eyes will curiously tune into the game. How will the new-look Mavs operate against the same-old Lakers? Ex-Wizards Caron Butler (left) and Brendan Haywood looks as if they’ve fit into the Dallas lineup.

NBA: Clippers vs. Detroit, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket:

Still time for the Clippers to clear more cap space. Just don’t suit up any more players the rest of the year.

THURSDAY

Winter Olympics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Channel 4:

The ladies figure skating competition comes to the medal distribution in prime time, so we’ll see if Mirai Nagasu or Rachel Flatt have any shot at something shiny. And the women’s hockey medals are sorted out, with the expected U.S.-Canada faceoff to come in the afternoon (3:30 p.m., MSNBC), following the bronze-medal game (11 a.m.).

College basketball: USC vs. Oregon, Galen Center, 7:30 p.m.; UCLA vs. Oregon State, Pauley Pavilion, 8 p.m., Prime Ticket:

Make sure no one on the USC bench is yapping at the refs, especially the loud guy with the fedora doing the PA.

Golf: PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open, first round, Golf Channel, noon to 3:30 p.m. (final round: Sunday, noon):

The event at the TPC in Scottsdale has a new corporate sponsor, ironic since so many spectators on the course manage to get wasted.

FRIDAY

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Winter Olympics: 8 to 11:30 p.m., Channel 4:

More from Vonn-couver: the women’s Alpine slalom final shares the stage with Apolo Ono, again, in the men’s short-track 500 gold medal final. The first of two men’s hockey semifinals are live on NBC’s afternoon broadcast (noon to 2 p.m.). The other has a 6:30 p.m. slot (on MSNBC).

NBA: Lakers vs. Philadelphia, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

Last meeting in Philly: A 99-91 victory a month ago. That’s just about the time Jrue Holiday, the UCLA one-and-done gun, moved into the Sixers’ starting lineup. He makes a return to L.A. averaging 5.5 points and 2.2 assists a contest. And is that Jason Kapono still down there on the end of the bench?

NBA: Clippers at Phoenix, 6 p.m., Prime Ticket:

The PHX kept Amare Stoudamire. Maybe so he and Chris Kaman can relive those good ol’ All-Star days.

SATURDAY

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College basketball: UCLA vs. Oregon, Pauley Pavilion, 2 p.m., Prime Ticket; USC vs. Oregon State, Galen Center, 4:30 p.m., Prime Ticket:
Take a stroll around Pauley Pavilion one more time, for old time’s sake. After this final Bruins home game, construction begins next month on the facilities’ $185 million renevotation, starting on the outside. After the 2010-11 basketball season, the building will close for interior work, set to reopen in the fall of 2012. First Mac Court goes away on the Oregon campus, and now Pauley gets a good ol’ L.A. facelift.

Winter Olympics: 8 to 11 p.m., Channel 4:

If the network can pull away long enough from the figure skating “champions gala” — which doesn’t award any medals — there’s championships to be given out in the men’s showboard parallel giant slalom, the four-man bobsled and the men’s Alpine skiiing slalom. The men’s curling final is also taking place in the afternoon (noon, CNBC), with the men’s hockey bronze-medal game at night (7 p.m., MSNBC). And it’s all supposed to end in time for “Saturday Night Live.” Which, of course, is taped.

SUNDAY

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Winter Olympics: 7 to 10:30 p.m., Channel 4:

Before the closing ceremonies and any more malfunctioning caldrens, there’s the men’s hockey final live (Channel 4, 12;15 p.m.) after the men’s cross country 50k gold medal race (Channel 4, 9:30 a.m.)

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NBA: Lakers vs. Denver, Staples Center, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7:

They’re still buzzin’ about Carmelo Anthony’s performance against LeBron James last week in Cleveland. And then trying to figure out how the Nuggets went out two nights later and lost to Washington. The Nuggets had just a 13-13 road record when this week started, but one of them was a 13-point win against the Lakers earlier this month.

NBA: Clippers at Sacramento, 6 p.m., Prime Ticket:

NBA rookie of the year candidate Tyreke Evans keeps these Kings interesting to watch.

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