From Thursday night’s Kings-Panthers FSW telecast in the first period:
The postscript: Analyst Jim Fox went almost a minute without saying anything as the action continued because he was still laughing so hard, doubled-over, with his mike turned off. Bob Miller went back to calling the play by play, but had to stop several times and turn off his mike after he saw Fox laughing.
Fox, out of breath, finally came back saying, “We need another whistle right about now,” and then went back to laughing. Finally the play stopped, they had a commercial break and all seemed composed upon returning.
Until Fox later went back to that play and wondered of the officials “wanted to make sure that no one skated over the pea on the ice” if it had fallen out of the whistle.
A few years ago on a Kings telecast, Miller described then-Kings player Esa Pirnas this way, “Cammalleri passes the puck to Penis,” and that sent Fox out of the booth and into the hallway laughing.
The Lakers open as projected at home against Chicago and the Clippers go to Golden State as part of the five-game NBA package on Christmas Day that will officially start the abbreviated season, with all of them airing on national TV.
ABC (Channel 7) has the Lakers’ game against the Bulls at Staples Center tipping off at 2 p.m., coming on after an NBA Finals rematch of Miami at Dallas at 11:30 a.m..
ESPN has the Clippers’ game at the Warriors at 7:30 p.m., after it covers Orlando playing at Oklahoma City at 5 p.m.
TNT startes the day with Boston at New York at 9 a.m., with Marv Albert and Steve Kerr, preceeded by an hour-long edition of “NBA Tip-Off” with Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.
The NBA is expected to announce the entire 66-game regular season on NBATV Tuesday at 4 p.m.
What’s in today’s sports media column (linked here): Fox’s pitch as to why anyone would be interested in watching tonight’s Pac-12 college football title game between 6-6 UCLA and 10-2 Oregon, plus the angst that Kevin Frazier has been feeling over the firing of Rick Neuheisel.
What’s not in today’s column: An explanation as to why Fox is carrying the Broncos-Vikings game on Sunday from Minnesota. Aren’t the Broncos an AFC team, and Fox the NFC network?
Yes, but when NBC flexed out of Indianapolis-New England for Sunday night and gave it back to CBS, it instead snatched Fox’s Detroit-New Orleans matchup. But that left Fox with only two games in its early window for its regional doubleheader weekend. The NFL decided to give Fox the Broncos-Vikings inter-conference game to make up for having the Lions-Saints game taken away.
It kind of reminds us of the old “Concentration” game, when a contestant would win prizes off the big board, but the other contestant could steal a prize and watch someone from behind their head slip the white paper out of their category and slip it onto the list of the other person’s winnings.
CBS, you give up Tim Tebow this week, but you get back Indy-New England, which no one really wanted in the first place with no Peyton Manning. Fair?
Also, we tend to be a fan of the Davis Cup this time of year — when the title’s on the line — but we’ll hit the DVR buttons when it comes to Spain-Argentina from Seville this weekend, starting with Tennis Channel’s exclusive coverage (no ESPN) which started this morning at 5 a.m. with the two singles matches (the second starts at 8 a.m., with replays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Doubles are Saturday at 7 a.m. (replayed at 10 a.m.) and the reverse singles Sunday start at 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Maybe ESPNw.com’s Sarah Spain will cover it and include it as part of her on-going column called “That’s What She Said.” (linked here)
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Want to own a piece of the Green Bay Packers? The Super Bowl champions are about to give you a chance.
The Packers, the NFL’s only publicly owned team, announced details today about their first stock sale in 14 years and fifth in team history. The money will help pay for $130 million in renovations at historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Own just one share and technically you’re a team owner.
However, be aware that Packers stock isn’t like regular stock. The value doesn’t go up, there are no dividends and it has virtually no resale value.
Stockholders do get voting rights, along with invitations to attend annual meetings where they can meet Packers executives, tour the Packers Hall of Fame and stick around for the kickoff of training camp.
There are currently 112,205 shareholders who own a total of 4.75 million shares. Another 250,000 shares will go on sale Tuesday, available by mail or at packers.com. In either case, the shares cost $250 plus a handling charge.
The sale runs through Feb. 29, subject to extension. Stock can only be purchased by individuals, not businesses, and there’s a 200-share cap, a figure that includes any stock purchased during the last sale in 1997.
Newly purchased shares can be given as gifts. However, once ownership is established, a share can only be transferred within the immediate family.
KLAC-AM (570), which begins a three-year deal as the Dodgers’ radio flagship station in 2012, has yet to officially announce that former big-league manager Kevin Kennedy will be installed as the new post-game “DodgerTalk” host, but management has told Josh Suchon and Joe Block that they won’t return as part of the package.
Suchon has been the “DodgerTalk” co-host the last four years on KABC-AM (790), with Block last season and with Ken Levine for the previous three.
“It was four of the best years of my life,” Suchon said today. “I’ll always have special fondness for Ken Levine, Joe Block and all the Dodgers fans who kept us company after every game. But the show needs a new voice to keep it fresh, and I don’t blame 570 for wanting to take the show in a different direction. It’s time for me to embark on a new adventure and find a new challenge.”
Suchon, a former minor league baseball play-by-play man who came up in the sports business on the newspaper side, called two USC men’s basketball games on ESPN3 last weekend from the Las Vegas Invitational.
Arlo White will serve as the play-by-play voice for the NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Major League Soccer starting in March, 2012, the network announced this week.
Yes, White is a Brit.
The England native spent the last two years as the play-by-play voice for the Seattle Sounders FC of MLS on television and radio, so he knows the league as well (as opposed to ESPN’s Ian Darke, who has only done a handful of MLS games).
White spent nine years with BBC Radio Sport in England where he was part of the BBC Radio 5-Live announcing team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. White also served as a host on BBC Radio 5 Live and hosted the station’s flagship Premier League Football show, Saturday 5 Live Sport.
Meanwhile, ESPN has replaced MLS game analyst John Harkes with Taylor Twellman.
Harkes, a former U.S. national team captain, worked his final game when he did the Galaxy’s MLS Cup win over Houston.
Twellman had six goals in 30 appearances for the U.S. from 2002-08 but never was picked for a World Cup roster. He retired as a player last year following a concussion.
Before he went on the air with Golf Channel to cover today’s opening round of the Chevron World Challenge, Terry Gannon said there’s been no drop off in the buzz surrounding tournament host Tiger Woods as he tries to regain some of the statue he once had on the PGA Tour.
“The galleries still follow him through everything, and he’s got a boatload of people surrounding him,” said Gannon, who made the drive to Sherwood Country Club from his wind-blown home in Hancock Park this morning.
“They still love to follow him on the course. And I think he also had fun at the President’s Cup (in Australia two weeks ago) and people are dialed into that.
“He’s got a buzz going. In his mind he feels he’s just about there. He’s more confident with his swing than he’s been in a long time. But still, he has to win, so we’ll see how that goes.”
Gannon said the difference in covering this tournament more than any other PGA Tour event is the fact that all 18 participants feel that they’ve got a realistic shot of winning it.
“On any given week, there are 156 players in the field, and maybe a small percentage of them think they have a legitimate shot, and another certain percentage feel they can win if everything falls right. Some just are trying to make the cut. Here’s 18 players, all having had good years, who think when they can win.
“Tiger will always be the No. 1 story whenever he tees it up, but based on the President’s Cup, here’s a real sense that he’s closer with his swing. Now he just has to make some putts. I think he’s one of the guys who wouldn’t mind if the wind was blowing stronger today.”