Just sounds like Dibs being Dibs


The Associated Press

Washington Nationals TV analyst Rob Dibble will take some time off two days after making comments critical of rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

MASN spokesman Todd Webster said Dibble would not work tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs and is “taking a few days off.” Webster said Dibble requested the time off but did not say whether the absence was related to the comments about Strasburg.

Dibble on Monday lashed out at the young pitcher, who has been placed on the disabled list twice in the last month. Dibble said on Sirius XM Radio that “You can’t have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow.”

The Nationals have been protective of Strasburg, removing him from games when there has been any sign of a possible injury. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of his latest injury.

Dibble, a former major league reliever, has become known for his off-the-cuff style since joining the MASN booth at the start of last season. He recently apologized for making comments about two women he saw talking nonstop in the stands during a game.

“There must be a sale tomorrow going on here or something,” he said, pointing out the women. “Their husbands are going, ‘Man, don’t bring your wife next time.'”

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The Love of an 90-footer

Again, with the help of John Brenkus’ “Sport Science” show, we wanted to get more on the background of what went into the episode last year when former UCLA star Kevin Love set what is considered the longest basketball shot ever — a 90 footer, in the airplane hanger set up in Hawthorne.

The show was trying to explain how duplicating Baron Davis’ actual made shot in an NBA game — a throw from nearly the end of the 94-foot court — is almost impossible.

The odds: 1,500-to-1. And Love, after hundreds of attempts, over four hours, he hadn’t done it. He proved the theory right. Despite his power and finesse.

“Normally, you have to create some drama, but literally this was the last shot,” said Brenkus. “He shot over and over and over. I had to tell him: ‘You’re costing me so much money. I have to pay all these people. We’ve gotta move on.’ And he says, ‘One more shot.’ And I’m on camera: ‘This is it.’ Go ahead, shoot your little shot, it’s never going in.

“He shot it and made it. We’re like, ‘Oh, my God.’ It was amazing.”

“A shot that long doesn’t go straight. The ball curves. Like every other ball. You can’t throw a ball 90 feet and have it go straight. The force it took him to throw a ball that far — I can only get it past half court. He finally hit it on the last shot. That’s when I knew this show was going well. I want to continue.”

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Nationally, Kings appear to be a bit more appealing … not so much for the Ducks


The 2010-11 NHL national TV schedule schedule came out today, with the Kings receiving much more favorable attention than in seasons past.

The team from the league’s second-biggest TV market has two appearances on NBC and five more on Versus. The schedule for local cable channel Fox Sports West will come out later.

As it stands now:

Sept. 25 at Minnesota: Versus, 5 p.m.
Dec. 13 at Detroit: Versus, 5 p.m.
January 3 at Chicago: Versus, 6 p.m.
January 17 at Dallas: Versus, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 13 at Philadelphia: 4 p.m., NBC
March 13 at Dallas: Noon, NBC
April 4 at San Jose, Versus, 7 p.m.

On Canada’s CBC, TSN2, RDS he NHL Network, the Kings will appear Oct. 9 at Calgary, Nov. 12 vs. Atlanta, Oct. 25 at Minnesota, Nov. 11 vs. Dallas, Nov. 15 at San Jose, Nov. 24 at Montreal, Dec. 2 vs. Florida, Dec. 13 at Detroit, Jan. 15 vs. Edmonton, Jan. 17 at Dallas, Feb. 2 at Calgary, Feb. 28 vs. Detroit andch 29 at Edmonton.

Versus will carry 78 games this season (13 more than 2009-10) in year six of its contract with the NHL, starting with nine games in the first seven days. It starts with a triple-header on Thursday, Oct. 7 — Carolina-Minnesota from Finland at 9 a.m., Philadelphia-Pittsburgh at 4 p.m. and Colorado-Chicago at 7 p.m. Versus will also do the NHL Hertiage Classic between Montreal and Calgary from McMahon Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. — the first outdoor hockey game in Canada since 2003.

Mike “Doc” Emrick will return as the lead play-by-play man.

Defending-champion Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh and the N.Y. Rangers made the most appearances on Versus — 11. Buffalo, Minnesota and Philadelphia are on nine times.

The Anaheim Ducks are on just once — Dec. 20 (at Boston, 4:30 p.m.).

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Revisiting the Kobe car jump — it was not the episode when ‘Sport Science’ jumped the shark

Because we spent the afternoon yesterday with John Brenkus, the creator of “Sport Science” for ESPN’s programming, and we see that the episode he did a couple of years ago for Fox Sports Net trying to prove (or disprove) that Kobe Bryant could actually jump over a speeding Aston Martin, we thought it worth a revisit.

And not just to see Rony Turiaf get another laugh out of it.

After the Bryant Nike commercial went viral in April, 2008, Brenkus’ “Sport Science” team tried to replicate it. Were they successful, or did they trick the audience?

“The way we played it was we pretended that (our test athlete) made it, then we pulled back the curtain and showed everyone, this is how we did it (by hooking him up to cables for his own safety),” said Brenkus.

“In the Kobe example, there was probably no cables at all – just have him jump and make it composite of the car driving by, it’s very simple. We didn’t have to have cables here, but we wanted to take it to the next level.

“He absolutely could have done it. Kobe could have done it. Our athlete (a Hollywood stunt man) could have done it. But the timing is so improbable, literally one hundreth of a second margin of error. It’s extraordinary unlikely to do.”

So why risk someone’s life for the sake of proving something on TV?

Find the episode today if you have the package of FSN channels — it’s on at different times on different parts of the country. FSW plans to reair it Saturday at 4 p.m.

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