Since we find it beneficial for the Lakers’ success to see Kobe Bryant drive the lane, and we assume Bryant likes to watch the ladies who like to watch him drive the lane, there seems to be no logic why this commerical was banned:
By the way, my name is Dan, and I have to go have lunch now. So spreading it out beyond today’s media column (linked here):
More to note:
== Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, with reporter Doris Burke, do the Lakers’ Game 6 tonight at Oklahoma City, shown head-to-head against the KCAL-Channel 9 coverage.
== ESPN2 has Oregon’s annual spring football game (Saturday, 2 p.m.) with Chris Fowler, Craig James, Ed Cunningham and Wendi Nix. Are we missing something? There’s news here? Cunningham will actually work as a booth analyst in the first quarter, a sideline judge in the second quarter and a replay official in the third quarter.
== At last Monday’s Sports Emmy Awards ceremony in New York, NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol took the opportunity to slam ESPN for the way it handled coverage of a cell-phone video taken of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones making disparaging remarks in a bar about Tim Tebow and his former coach Bill Parcells. Ebersol and Jones were on stage to give John Madden a lifetime achievement award when Ebersol took out a cell phone and pretended to record Jones. “I just wanted a call out to my friends at ESPN-TMZ,” Jones said. The Sports Business Daily reported that at a party after the event, “many ESPN execs were fuming at the remark.”
== NBC Sports Digital and the Daily Racing Form worked out a deal to co-brand online material, with The Daily Racing Form hosting a customized horse racing section of NBCSports.com (linked here).
== Golf Channel has added Terry Gannon for live play-by-play on PGA and LPGA events throgh 2013. His first assignment is the LPGA Championship starting June 24, paired with Judy Rankin. He’ll also do the PGA’s AT&T National with Nick Faldo over July 4 weekend. Gannon, who lives in L.A., is known lately for college football and basketball on ESPN, as well as figure skating, the Tour de France, World Cup soccer and the recent Winter Olympics for Universal Sports.
== Prior to CBS’ coverage of the Quail Hollow Championship this weekend, something called the Mojo 6 (www.themojo6.com) will air. It’s being pimped as taking “the world’s best athletes through a faster, shorter, more cutthroat type of competition called Raceway Golf.” An LPGA-sanctioned event, 16 players compete in six-hole matches against each other at courses in Jamaica.
== ESPN2, with Chris McGee and Dain Blanton, have the AVP’s men’s event from Santa Barbara (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.). KTLA-Channel 5 will then carry the women’s final live at 4:30 p.m. Universal Sports has the women’s final on delay at 7 p.m. as well.
== If you missed Jon Gruden’s appearance on Letterman earlier this week, the ESPN “Monday Night” analyst who’s been blowing up on making himself a new media darling with his NFL draft prep shows:
One line from Gruden: “If there’s any place we can go … we oughta talk to you about bringing football back to Los Angeles. You could own the team in L.A. and I’d go coach it.”
And Letterman’s plan would be avoid an expansion franchise, but to “uproot and kill a bunch of fans in some community, ruin the city and move a team to L.A.”
Fistbumps all around.
== NBC takes Philadelphia at Boston Game 1 of their NHL second-round series on Saturday (9:30 a.m., Channel 4, leading into the Kentucky Derby pre-race show), and then has Montreal at Pittsburgh Game 2 on Sunday (11 a.m., Channel 4). NBC won’t have any playoff games next weekend — it’s locked into The Players Championship PGA event.
Meanwhile, Versus’ schedule of NHL playoff games coming up:
Tonight, 4 p.m.: Montreal at Pittsburgh, Game 1
Saturday, 5 p.m.: Vancouver at Chicago, Game 1
Sunday, 5 p.m.: Detroit at San Jose, Game 2
Monday, 4 p.m.: Philadelphia at Boston, Game 2
Monday, 6:30 p.m.: Vancouver at Chicago, Game 2 (joined in progress)
Tuesday, 4 p.m: Pittsburgh at Montreal, Game 3
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: San Jose at Detroit, Game 3 (joined in progress)
Wednesday, 4 p.m.: Boston at Philadelphia, Game 3
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: Chicago at Vancouver, Game 3
Thursday, 4 p.m.: Pittsburgh at Montreal, Game 4
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: San Jose at Detroit, Game 4 (joined in progress)
Friday, May 7, 4 p.m.: Boston at Philadelphia, Game 4
Friday, May 7: 6:30 p.m.: Chicago at Vancouver, Game 4
== AND FINALLY:
== Deadspin.com (linked here) has a piece about cartoonist Daryl Cagle having Tiger Woods-related drawings rejected from Apple for an iPhone app, citing inappropriate content for something “that amounts to a Leno monologue in pen and ink.”
If you go to Cagle’s blog (linked here) you can see the Tiger-related political cartoons that Apple finds rotten, including: