What’s included in today’s weekly media column (linked here): How does a professional baseball pitcher survive in the game when his employers discover he’s writing a book about his experiences? It’s not that easy, as Dirk Hayhurst and Eric Pettis have discovered recently. Reviews of their recent books have appeared this week on the blog.
What isn’t mentioned in the column:
== Three NBC channels will end up showing Kings-Blues games from the Western Conference semifinal series. Game 1 opens Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, called by Dave Strader and former Kings player and radio analyst Brian Engblom. Game 2 Monday is on CNBC at 6 p.m. At Staples Center, Game 3 on Thursday May 3 goes back to NBC Sports Channel at 7 p.m., with Game 4 Sunday at noon in the NBC Channel 4 slot. A Game 5 back in St. Louis will be Tuesday May 8 on CNBC (time to be determined). Game 6 at Staples on Thursday May 10 would be on one of the three NBC channels (to be determined, as well as the time). Same for a Game 7 in St. Louis on Saturday May 12. KTLK-AM (1150) will stay as the home radio base with Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans (with a special Kings Talk call-in show set for after Game 1). FSWest is set to air Kings Live post-game shows with Bob Miller and Jim Fox, but it could be hit and miss as to which games they’ll appear.
== Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters will cover the Lakers-Nuggets Western Conference quarterfinal game Sunday at 12:30 p.m. for ABC (Channel 7), while Dick Stockton, Chris Webber and Craig Sager will do the Clippers-Grizzlies opener from Memphis at 6:30 p.m. on TNT Sunday. The rest of the Lakers’ series will be on FSW or KCAL-Channel 9 (home or road) unless ABC takes it. The Clippers’ series will also be on Prime unless ABC has it.
== In a reference to “What Smokes” about a Norman Chad column (linked here) remark about Jack Whitaker’s lifetime Sports Emmy Award, comes this as well: “I’m thinking it’s a missed opportunity for everyone that Jim Gray has never has worked the sidelines at a bullfight.”
== Richard Sandomir’s New York Times piece on the demise of the sports cartoon (linked here).
== Deadspin.com posts a video on how to use the recent ESPN Magazine — the one that reports on widespread pot use by the Oregon Ducks football team — as a hash pipe (linked here).