What made it into the contents of this week’s media column: How the NHL can rebuild its image through TV coverage, starting with the Kings’ banner-raising ceremony Saturday, plus an update on Doug Gottlieb’ new CBS Sports Net run and more Lance Armstrong media fallout.
What didn’t but could have if the space was more spacious:
== Hockey reading material to catch up on published at a time that was thought to be the start of the 2012 season but got shelved waiting for the NHL season to start:
“Dropping the Gloves: Inside the Fiercely Combative World of Professional Hockey,” by ESPN studio analyst and former Kings head coach Barry Melrose (released Oct. 16, 2012; $27.99, McClelland & Stewart Ltd, 256 pages)
“Coach: The Pat Burns Story,” by Rosie DeManno (released Oct., 30, 2012, $27.95, Doubleday Canada, 336 pages), about the late coach of the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Bruins and Devils.
“J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey,” by NBC studio analyst and former Kings winger Jeremy Roenick (with Kevin Allen, released Oct. 25, 2012; $25.95, Triumph Books, 320 pages).
“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey: 101 Stories and the Players who Love the Game and Families that Cheer Them On.” (released Oct. 2, 2012, $14.95, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Laura Robinson, 400 pages.)
“Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original,” by former Boston Bruins star Derek Sanderson (with Kevin Shea, released Oct. 5, 2012, $25.95, Triumph Books, 400 pages).
“Straight Shooter: The Brad Park Story,” by former Rangers and Bruins star defenseman with Thom Sears (released Sept. 1, 2012, $27.95, Wiley Publishing, 320 pages).
== More on journalist David Walsh’s thoughts about the Lance Armstrong apology tour from this NPR interview.
== Fox has Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews at the Georgia Dome, along with rules analyst Mike Pereira on-site, for Sunday’s San Francisco-Atlanta NFC title game (Channel 11, noon). An hour-long pregame starts at 11 a.m. CBS has Jim Nantz. Phil Simms. Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., for the Houston-New England AFC title game (Channel 2, 3:30 p.m.). A half-hour pregame starts at 3 p.m. ESPN’s three-hour “NFL Countdown” begins at 9 a.m. The NFL Network’s “First On The Field” coverage begins at 4 a.m. with “GameDay Morning” beginning at 6 a.m.
== As part of extended women’s basketball coverage, ESPNU has added UCLA’s game Sunday at Cal at 12:30 p.m. with Rich Cellini and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude. It leads into coverage of No. 4 Duke at No. 3 UConn on Monday (ESPN2, 4 p.m., with Pam Ward and Rebecca Lobo).
== HBO’s “Real Sports” starts its 19th season with its 190th edition on Tuesday (10 p.m.) highlighted by a look at the anxiety disorder Houston Rockets 21-year-old draft pick Royce White is going through, giving his first TV interview (done by Bernard Goldberg).
== “HBO Center Ice” has a free preview from Saturday through Jan. 31, allowing access to all out-of-market games.The package will sell for $49.99.
== Joe Tessitore, Todd McShay and Bill Polian call Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl from Carson’s Home Depot Center (3 p.m., ESPN2). The NFL Network has Paul Burmeister calling Saturday’s East-West Shrine game from St. Petersburg, Fla. (1 p.m.) with Mike Mayock and Charles Davis.
== ESPN really had to put out an official response to this?
== And to think, the most confusing story involving Manti Te’o and the media had to do with his pops upset that the Honolulu Star-Advertiser did the family wrong by printing a photo from the BCS title game that wasn’t all that flattering.