Rick Neuheisel plays catch on the UCLA sidelines before last December’s Pac-12 championship game in Oregon.
What made it into today’s weekly media column (linked here):
Rick Neuheisel’s first impressions of being apart of the new Pac-12 Network, plus more NBC Olympic hangover, a Susan Stratton lifetime Emmy recognition and what’s not up yet with the CBS and NBC radio networks finding a home in L.A.
What didn’t make it in:
== Vin Scully was on with Jimmy Traina for the SI.com “Hot Clicks” podcast this week — going on for more than a half hour (linked here).
One minor insight highlight: “Many years ago, shortly after we moved to California, a friend in the advertising business asked (if I would) consider coming back to New York to broadcast the Yankees. Mel Allen was having some problems. Why not think about it? I appreciated it, but I’m settled in here with the Dogers and I’m going to stay where I am. … There’s been no real tug in any other direction.”
== The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp is featured on “My MLB Life,” a new MLB Network and MLB Productions series profile that starts Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Kemp is followed around at his new home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., offseason workouts, and visits to Oklahoma between Dec. 2001 and May of this year. Future episodes include
Torii Hunter, CC Sabathia and Ryan Zimmerman.
== The Dodgers-Braves 4 p.m. contest Saturday from Atlanta is designated as the annual Civil Rights Game, something we’d normally get to see on the MLB Network,. But because it’s a Dodger telecast, Prime Ticket has the local rights. More background on the festivities surrounding the game (at this link).
== ESPN “Monday Night Football” analyst Jon Gruden is the focus of a Bryant Gumbel piece in the next episode of HBO’s “Real Sports” (Tuesday, 9 p.m.). Gruden turns 49 today.
== Highlights so far of the Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket 17-game schedule of CIF football starting Aug. 24 are St. Bonaventure vs. Corona Centennial (Aug. 31, 10:30 p.m., delayed) and Valencia at Chaminade (Sept. 7, delayed at 10:30 p.m.).