Weekly media column version 08.31.12



What’s included in this week’s sports media column (linked here): An open letter to our cable and dish company — it’s time to start the a la cart menus before you break us into a crying ball of viewership. We also have some college football news of note, and what Jim Rome may have up his radio sleeve.

What’s not included:



== The festivities surrounding Vin Scully’s bobblehead giveaway were captured magnificently by the Prime Ticket pregame show, including the way he threw out the ceremonial first pitch, to the closeups of him watching his granddaughter sing the National Anthem.

What was missed, but not because of anyone’s mistake: A few photos of the rainbow that appeared over the right-field pavilion just as he and his family came onto the field at about 6:30 p.m. for the pregame festivities. Some of the story and video is captured on this MLB.com story (linked here). Thanks to a major link from Deadspin.com (linked here) via a photo taken and sent on the Twitter account of Whitney Holtzman of Scully noticing the rainbow as he was posing with his bobblehead for photographers (above).

== Mark Gubicza works not with Victor Rojas, but Dave Sims, on the Angels-Mariners game from Seattle on Saturday (Channel 11, 1 p.m.), which goes to just 10 percent of the country, but also has Felix Hernandez making the start for the Mariners. The main game: St. Louis at Washington, with the bizarro team of Chris Myers and Tom Verducci on the call, going to 65 percent of the country.

== An eight-episode digital series called “Suit Up” is to debut Sept. 12 on Yahoo! Screen (linked here), producted by Fox Digital Studio and DirecTV. The plan is to have this series focused on an crisis manager who has to fix a corrupt, dysfunctional college football program named Glory University start on the Yahoo! playform before it goes to DirecTV’s Audience Network in January.
The actors involved: Marc Evan Jackson, Barry Corbin, Brian Thomas Smith and a recurring role by Petros Papadakis. As himself.
The show’s trailer:

== Papadakis starts his new season with the crew of Craig Bolerjack and Joel Klatt from the Colorado vs. Colorado State game from Denver (Saturday, 1 p.m., FX).

== Allen Pinkett figured out a way to cut his trip to Ireland short. The Notre Dame radio analyst and former star running back was on his way home Thursday and won’t be part of the Irish’s syndicated broadcast of its game against Navy on Saturday after comments he made in a sports-talk radio interview claiming the Notre Dame program needed more “criminals” to be successful. Pinkett has since apologized, but Notre Dame’s IMG Network, which has employed him since 2001 (he’s not employed by the school), said the decision to send him home is so the game is “free of distraction . . . further decisions on this matter will be made in the coming days.”

== Said Erin Andrews on a conference call this about her new Fox gig, which cloisters her in network’s L.A. studios for the college football show instead of being out in a new city every weekend on ESPN: “I’ll miss being on campus. I did it for 10 years. I’m a sports fan and who doesn’t love having the best seats in the house right down there on the sidelines? This is another way to become more versatile and I’ll have my opportunities to get out on the field for NFL.”

== Comedian actor Rob Riggle, recently part of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” and host of the last ESPN ESPY Awards, will be the new laughable prognosticating element of Fox’s NFL Sunday pregame show starting next week. Riggle, who remains a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves after nine years of active duty, takes over for Frank Caliendo, who has been with the pregmae show the last nine years. Jimmy Kimmel had the role from 1999-2002.

== The Culver City-based NFL Network has added Chris Rose to its Sunday night “NFL GameDay Highlights” (4:30 p.m., with Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders) and “NFL GameDay Final” (8:30 p.m., with Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin). Rose will continue working weekdays on the MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk.”

== Andy Bernstein, the senior NBA photographer who has worked for the Lakers, Kings, Dodgers and Clippers, will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Commack, N.Y., on April 21, 2013.

== The FoxSportsWest.com Prep Zone lineup of high school football coverage for tonight’s Week 1:
= Loyola at West Covina (7 p.m.)
= Thunder Ridge (Colorado) at Vista Murrieta (7 p.m.)
= Mission Hills (San Diego) at Mission Viejo (7 p.m.)
= Heritage at Rancho Verde (7 p.m.)
= St. Bonaventure vs Corona Centennial at Moorpark College (10:30 p.m., delayed on FSW)

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