Weekly media column version 10.26.12

It’s in this week’s media column: Less than a week to go before the Lakers’ first regular-season game on Time Warner Cable SportsNet … are you plugged in?

This could have been in the column:

mea_culpa_300x260== USC football play-by-play man Pete Arbogast did right to offer up an apology this week to those he thought he may have offended during last Saturday’s 50-6 victory against Colorado contest at the Coliseum. In a discussion late in the game with analyst John Jackson as the Trojans were building a 30-point lead, Arbogast posed the question: Do you think, given a decent college line on both sides of the ball, could the best high school team in Southern California beat this Colorado team? Jackson didn’t think that could happen. Arbogast said he thought it could. “I felt bad about even bringing it up almost as soon as it was out of my mouth, but then it’s already out there and I couldn’t take it back,” Arbogast explained this week. Arbogast said he heard afterward there were some “ruffled feathers” about the comment – many of the Colorado roster is made up of Southern California athletes. He  called in apologizes to officials at Colorado and USC, as well as to Tom Feuer at Fox Sports, the new executive producer of the KSPN-AM (710) broadcast. “I never meant for it to get blown up like this, so I hope we can just put it to bed,” Arbogast said. “Colorado football has been great in the past and will be in the future. It’s all very cyclical like most college sports. I really didn’t mean to make light of them.” Colorado sports information director David Plati said Arbogast “took it upon his own to call me, was very sincere in his apology, which I accepted, and then I told him it was water under the bridge. A very classy move on his part and not one we on the SID side of the aisle get very often.”

== Ken Levine, the former KABC DodgerTalk co-host and a play-by-play man for the Seattle Mariners the last two seasons,  signs copies of his new book, “The Me Generation . . . By Me (Growing Up in the ‘60s) Monday at the Grove Barnes & Noble (7-to-9 p.m.). More on the book: www.megenerationbook.com.

== Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Maria Taylor are the broadcast team assigned to USC-Arizona (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7). Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis have UCLA’s game at Arizona State (Saturday, noon, FX). The rest of the conference (all four relegated to the league-owned Pac-12 Network): Colorado at Oregon (noon, with Kevin Calabro, Adam Archuleta and Yogi Roth), Washington State at Stanford (3:15 p.m., with Rich Cellini, Coy Wire and Erin Coscarelli), Oregon State at Washington (7:15 p.m., with Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Ryan Nece), as well as Cal at Utah (6:45 p.m., with Ron Pitts and Kelly Stouffer), which many operators are putting on an overflow channel as it competes with OSU-Washington..

== ESPN’s “College GameDay” (Saturday, 6 a.m., ESPNU and 7 a.m. on ESPN) heads to Norman, Okla., for the Notre Dame-Oklahoma matchup (Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 7). It’s ESPN’s first visit to Oklahoma since Nov., 2008. Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox have the Irish-Sooners game call.

== Other college Saturday games of note: Florida vs. Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla. (12:30 p.m., Channel 2, Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson), Texas Tech at Kansas State (12:30 p.m., Channel 11, Gus Johnson and Charles Davis), Mississippi State at Alabama (5:30 p.m., ESPN, Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe), Ohio State at Penn State (2:30 p.m., ESPN, Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich) and Michigan at Nebraska (5 p.m., ESPN2, Mark Jones, Brock Huard and Jessica Mendoza).

== On the NFL calendar for Sunday:  San Diego at Cleveland (10 a.m., Channel 2, with Spero Dedes and Rich Gannon), Washington at Pittsburgh (10 a.m., Channel 11, with Sam Rosen, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin), N.Y. Giants at Dallas (1:25 p.m., Channel 11, with Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver) and New Orleans at Denver (5:20 p.m., Channel 4, with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya). What you won’t see because of the San Diego/L.A. market restrictions: St. Louis vs. New England in London (10 a.m., Channel 2, with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms), or Oakland at Kansas City (1 p.m., Channel 2, with Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots).

== TNT’s NBA opening night doubleheader on Tuesday is capped with Kevin Harland calling the Lakers-Dallas game (7:30 p.m., Staples Center) with Reggie Miller and David Aldridge. The opener: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager do Boston at Miami (5 p.m.). On Thursday, Albert, Kerr and Sager are at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener against the New York Knicks (5 p.m., TNT), and the TNT pregame show of Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson will be on site. The second game of that doubleheader has Oklahoma City at San Antonio with Harlan and Miller.

== Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas have the call for the Galaxy’s last MLS regular-season game, against Seattle at Home Depot Center in Carson (Sunday, 6 p.m., ESPN2).

== Prime Ticket’s extended coverage of the Big West Conference starts with tonight’s Long Beach State-Hawaii women’s volleyball telecast (7 p.m.), called by Kevin Barnett and Karch Kiraly.

== As noted during Billy Crystal’s opening for the Fox coverage of the World Series, the No. 1 Clippers fan has a movie coming out on Christmas called “Parental Guidance.” With co-stars Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei, Crystal plays Artie Decker, a San Francisco Giants’ minor-league broadcaster, a job that doesn’t come up in this trailer (but does include some baseball action):

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