The Media Learning Curve: A family that a couple of mothers could love …

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Hans Gutknecht/Daily News staff photographer

More on ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez from today’s media column (linked here) and other pre-Mother’s Day notes before you get out there and buy some long-stemmed roses for that lady who birthed you:

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Dominguez (pictured there on the right, with her mother, Haila) on the fact she often shows up on strange blogs and websites that dedicate themselves to “hot sports reporters” and the like, and how that affect her kids:

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“They’re very protective of me,” she said of her kids, 19-year-old Anna and 21-year-old Peter. “If you go back to a time, maybe eight years ago when everyone had a blog, that wasn’t happening as much. I was working for the ‘Today’ show, where you get more moms and working people watching. It’s not at all like sports, where it’s probably 80 percent males, 18 to 34, and now with instant everything, everyone has an opinion. They either love you or hate you when you work at ESPN.

“I don’t read any of it, good or bad. Someone I remember wrote something that was very hurtful, something about the way I looked. If you didn’t like the way I reported on something, whatever, but this one actually made me cry. And I’m not a crier. My son and daughter really came to me, upset, and my son said, ‘Do you want me to answer them back?’ And I said, no, and we made a family rule not read any of that. And we’ve all stuck to it over the last seven years (since she’s been at ESPN).

“Anna gets the whole women in broadcasting and women in sports thing. They’re sports savvy enough and aware of what women have to do to get on TV. She’s thick skinned and they saw how hard I worked to do what I’ve done.”

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More from Dominguez’s bio:
= Born in Sayre, Pennsylvania but grew up in the Pasadena area of Southern California
= Attended Santa Monica City College and UCLA before graduating from Cal State L.A. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies (1991)
= Worked at the Fox News magazine, Front Page (1992-1994)
= A producer at NBC News (1994-1995)
= A reporter for KTLA-TV Channel 5 (1995-1996).
= A correspondent for NBC Network News, reporting for the Today Show, Nightly News, and MSNBC from 1996 through 2003 — the network’s first interview with O.J. Simpson, and also sat down with Angelina Jolie, Sidney Poitier, Congresswoman Mary Bono, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Johnny Depp among others. She also reported from the Academy Awards, the Grammys, and the Emmys, and regularly worked on breaking news, reporting from Paris on the death of Princess Diana, the aftermath of September 11, the O.J. Simpson civil trial, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Jonbenet Ramsey case, and the massacre at Columbine High School.

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== This weekend’s Yankees-Red Sox series is remarkably what Fox and ESPN want to cover, with the former taking Saturday’s game at noon (Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, Channel 11, to 82 percent of the country) and the later taking it on Sunday at 5 p.m. (Jon Miller, Joe Morgan and Orel Hershiser). ESPN then grabs the Yankees for their games Monday and Wednesday in Detroit.

== Not that you’ll have much access to it, but DirecTV will have the first MLB telecast in 3D on July 10 and 11 when the Yankees travel to Seattle. It’ll be available to DirecTV customers who have 3D TV sets and live within the home territory of New York-based YES network (New York state, Connecticut, New Jersey and NE Pennsylvania). It’ll also be on FSN Northwest for those in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, plus parts of Montana and Idaho.

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== ESPN launches more mixed-martial arts programming this month, starting with an “MMA Live” series on ESPN2 that will simulcast the ESPN.com pre- and post-even coverage of MMA Live at UFC 113 from Montreal on Saturday at 6 p.m. It will do the same for UFC 114 from Las Vegas on May 30. It’s hosted by Jon Anik, with analysts Kenny Florian and Rashad Evans, ESPN.com MMA reporter Franklin McNeil, and correspondent Molly Qerim will work the telecasts. Evans will actually be a competitor in the UFC 114 event.

== NBC says the 16.5 million who watched Super Saver and Calvin Borel win last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby topped last year’s mark of 16.3 million. It had a 9.8 national rating and 23 share, tyling last year’s rating. NBC does the Preakness on May 15.

== Universal Sports has the World Hockey Championships starting today (11 a.m.) when the U.S. faces host Germany — to be played at Gelsenkirchen’s soccer stadium, Veltins-Arena, and expected to draw a sellout and world-record crowd of more than 76,000. The Kings’ Jack Johnson stars for Team USA. Online viewers will be able to purchase pool and tournament games for 99 cents, gold and bronze matches for $1.99 each, or a bundle for $14.99 next week at www.universalsports.com/premium.

AND FINALLY:

== By any measure of greatness, the passing this week of Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell reveals that those considered to be on anyone’s “all time best” list of baseball broadcasters are almost all but disappeared.

The Dodgers’ Vin Scully, in his 61st season, has the No. 1 ranking on a list created by historian Curt Smith in his book, “Voices of Summer: Ranking Baseball’s 101 All Time Announcers.” Scully is also tops on a recent MLB Network’s “Prime 9″ list.

Harwell was No. 3 and No. 5 respectively on those lists.

With Harwell’s death at age 93, Scully is the only one left, working or not, living or deceased, from Smith’s top 10 or the MLB Network’s top 9.

Of Smith’s top 25, No. 12 Bob Uecker (who is out the next three months after undergoing heart surgery), No. 14 Jon Miller (who will be inducted this summer into the Hall of Fame), No. 17 Tim McCarver, No. 18 Bob Costas, No. 19 Jerry Coleman, No. 22 Al Michaels and No. 24 Milo Hamilton are still with us and working.

MLB Network will reair an episode of “All-Time Games” at 9 a.m. today featuring Harwell’s call of the Boston-Detroit game from Sept. 18, 1996, where Roger Clemens struck out 20 for a second time. Immediately following that, it will reair Harwell’s interview on “Studio 42 with Bob Costas” at noon, which was done on November 17, 2009. Harwell knew at the time he had incurable cancer and talked about it:

“This will be my last World Series, I think. Back in July, the doctors gave me six months to live, give or take a few months. I’m hoping to reach my birthday on January 25 but I’m pretty sure I won’t make the baseball season. But you never know as the Lord works wonders. I’m not overwhelmed by the circumstances.

“One of the doctors said, ‘If you were my father, I’d say, don’t do anything, just relax and wait for the inevitable.’ But I had great peace about that and closure to it and I knew God was in charge and whatever happens, happens for the best. I really have a lot of serenity and great support from my wife family and friends. It’s been so far a fairly easy task to accept it.”

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