What’s included in today’s weekly media column (linked here): Kings longtime TV analyst Jim Fox (that’s a video of him above getting emotional during the parade) has his day with the Stanley Cup — well, four hours — which is longer than he’d ever got to touch it during his 10 years as a player. More notes on the Kings’ Stanley Cup DVD release, too.
What’s not included:
Photo by Evan Gole
== Kings senior director of communications Jeff Moeller explained more of the details that he and team vice president Mike Altieri have been involved with in coordinating player and staff time with the Cup:
“No day is the same,” said Moeller. “A lot depends on where the Cup is coming from and where it goes next – travel plays a big role in it.”
Tuesday, for example, the Cup was in Orange County in the morning, went to Angel Stadium for about an hour, then to a Kings’ Premium Seating event at 2 p.m. where it stayed until 10 p.m.
The day before, it was in Alberta, Canada, with coach Daryl Sutter, then came back to L.A. for NHL DVD video premiere event at L.A. Life.
The cup will end up going to some 200 events this summer — about half are Kings-directed, but some are also connected with the league and Hockey Hall of Fame, a balance of requests from players and staff as well as TV partners and community relations.
The Kings will also have the Cup for about a week as it gets engraved in Quebec in late September.
“You talk to the clubs who have won the Stanley Cup in recent years, but there is not a manual for this and the number of ways you get tugged at, and the events you get requests for, are — needless to say — plentiful,” said Moeller, who was with the Cup and its handlers when it went to Russia for two players and then Slovenia for Anze Kopitar.
“I think it took us 27 hours to get from Los Angeles to Chelyabinski, Russia, near Siberia. But as soon as we got there, that player — Slava Voynov – was ‘on the clock’ when it came to his time with the Cup. So you hope you got your sleep on the plane because you were no longer on your own schedule there and then.
“When the day ends for one person, another person’s time with the Cup begins. It is like a rock show.”
== The Kings’ “Stanley Cup 2012 Champions” DVD and Blue Ray (Warner Bros., $24.99, 184 minutes) includes plenty of on-air commentary from Kings’ broadcasters Bob Miller, Nick Nickson, Jim Fox and Daryl Evans, as well as media members such as the L.A. Times’ Helene Elliott and ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun. Those hoping to hear Miller’s call of the championship clinched won’t be disappointed to hear Nickson’s radio caption used twice, once in the opening highlights, and then in a condensed Game 6 rewind: “The long wait is over. After 45 years, the Kings can wear the crown. The Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup!” A Miller-Fox CD is still in the works for a team-created multi-media project that will be produced to benefit the team’s charity foundation. Miller, however, gets the last word on this DVD: “They had been loyal, devoted fans for years,” he says at the end while on camera. “For all of them, to see that Cup paraded down Figueroa Street right by Staples Center is a tremendous highlight for all of us.”
== Fox unfortunately gives Erin Andrews little to any support as she attempt to host a college pregame show, announcing the hiring of Eddie George and Joey Harrington on the pre-, halftime and post-game show that’ll beam out of the Fox network headquarters in Century City. It starts Sept. 1 surrounding the USC-Hawaii game. George, the former Ohio State Heisman running back, has some Fox studio work experience (2007-09) during the network’s BCS coverage. Harrington, the former Oregon quarterback, has done some game analysis for radio and has been the Ducks’ game analyst on Oregon Sports Network the last two seasons. This threesome replaces the underwhelming Kevin Frazier-Marcus Allen team that Fox tried to use the last couple of seasons.
== Kenny Albert and Eric Karros call Saturday’s Dodgers-Giants game from San Francisco (1 p.m., Channel 11). The rest of the country get Boston-New York, with Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal writes in a recent column about the Dodgers trading for Hanley Ramirez: “This could be Manny all over again, presumably without the pharmaceutical assistance … Hanley has the Hollywood good looks, and when in the mood, he can pull off the charm. It’s difficult to imagine him hitting like Manny did in the final two months of 2008. However we’re talking about one of the game’s supreme talents, assuming that he finally gets his act together.” More at this link.
== So why did the Miami Marlins trade Ramirez to the Dodgers? The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson wrote that it “embarassing” for Showtime’s latest episode of “The Franchise” to simply gloss over it Wednesday — the day the trade came down — with less than 20 seconds about it at the end of the show. The show’s producers “should have adjusted to the news by making changes to the episode in the 19 hours between the completion of the Ramirez trade and the time it went to air.” That is “not a lot of time, but editing in a couple minutes of reaction to the trade could have been done.” It was “an embarrassing moment for a program that Showtime producers promised would be ‘ground-breaking.’” (linked here, via the Sports Business Daily).
== Congrats to Andy Baggarly, the CSNBayArea.com Giants Insider writer, who ran off three straight victories on “Jeopardy!” and amassed $61,402 until he ran into a Final Jeopardy clue that was sports-related.
The category: “New Olympic Sports.”
The answer: “This sport introduced in Summer 2000 plays out over a raised area 16 1/2 feet long and 9 1/2 feet wide.”
Baggarly’s question: What is sumo wrestling.
The correct response: What is trampoline.
He was in second place, $3,000 from the lead going into “Final Jeopardy!”
Don’t worry. He’ll bounce back.
Baggarly used to cover the Giants for the San Jose Mercury and was covering the Dodgers and Angels for a time for the Riverside Press Enterprise.
== How desperate must CBS Sports Network be for programming? It signed a deal with the United Football League — two games a week, every Wednesday and Friday, during the league’s eight-week season that starts in mid September and ends in late November.
== Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein and Heidi Androl are the broadcast team for the Robert Guerrero (29-1-1) vs. Selcuk Aydin (23-0) fight card (10 p.m., delayed) set for Showtime on Saturday from San Jose. The undercard includes Oxnard’s Hugo Centeno (14-0) vs. Ayi Bruce (13-7) in a junior middleweight feature.
== Finally, nothing against Ted Robinson and Glenn Parker – but the Pac-12 couldn’t do better than hiring Robinson and Parker as their main college football broadcast team for this fall’s launch of the conference network? A more compelling matchup might be, say Dan Fouts or Mike Pawlawski as the analyst. And what’s the value added again of Yogi Roth as a sideline reporter?