What made it smoke this week: A look at how CBS’ esteemed cameraman, Davey Finch, has adjusted to his new perspective of Riviera Country Club — up from the 18th tower instead of down on the course chasing after Emmy-winning close-ups. It appeared online Thursday while we were out covering the first round of the Northern Trust Open (still can’t get used to calling it that,and definitely will NOT call it the “NTO.”) We also had a note we thought was important enough to get in there — have you heard disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy giving out gambling tips on a radio show that KLAC-AM (570) carries on Saturday mornings? Egads.
What didn’t make it into today’s column:
== CBS has Jim Nantz and one-time L.A. Open winner Nick Faldo on the 18th tower Saturday and Sunday from Riviera (noon, Channel 2), with Ian Baker-Finch is at the 17th hole. Gary McCord is at 16, and David Feherty is on the course. Peter Kostis is unable to be in L.A. this weekend to tend to a personal matter.
== A clip has been found of that “crushing” interview Vin Scully did with Mike Piazza in 1998, which led to the entire city of L.A. turning against the Dodgers catcher during his contract negotiations (sorry, those were Piazza’s words from his new book, “Long Shot.” Thanks to Steve Dilbeck at the L.A. Times. And listen to Scully say, “Absolutely, and well said.”
By the way, Piazza has a book signing at Vromans in Pasadena on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Seems it’s best to get a ticket for this thing now.
== We also get former KCBS and KTLA reporter Keith Olbermann’s take on the Piazza-Scully exchange: “One hopes Piazza hadn’t seen the interview and simply had it recounted to him by somebody who didn’t get it. You know: somebody who doesn’t understand English.”
== ESPN’s Dave Pasch, to the OC Register’s Michael Lev, on having to team up often with with Bill Walton on college basketball coverage (including Saturday’s UCLA-Stanford matchup, following Thursday’s UCLA-Cal game): “I’ve worked with analysts who just break down the game. Some lean toward storytelling. I’ve never worked with somebody quite like Bill.”
== What did you think of Will Leitch’s SportsonEarth.com column about how ESPN sports financial reporter Darren Rovell makes his money? ShermanReport.com isn’t keen on it. We’re actually OK with it.
== Why was Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim calling out ESPN’s Andy Katz during a press conference the other day? All isn’t Fine with those two, apparently.
== Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire have the Kings’ game Sunday at Chicago (12:30 p.m., Channel 4), part of a triple-header on the network that day celebrating “Hockey Day in America.” NBC also has Pittsburgh at Buffalo (Channel 4, 9:30 a.m.) and Washington at N.Y. Rangers (3 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
== And next time you’re in Staples Center pop in to the gallery near the Team LA store to see Andy Bernstein’s collection of photographs from last year’s Stanley Cup run. More than 50 original framed pictures are on display from the team’s official photographer. The exhibit will stay up through June. Limited edition print sales are also taking place to benefit the team’s Kings Care Foundation.
== Fox already has its MLB coverage mapped out for the coming season — a 24-week schedule with eight weeks in a row of “prime-time” coverage (that usually means awkward 4 p.m. starts here) and 11 interleague matchups. First up is Saturday, April 6 with the Angels playing at Texas. First primetime game is Saturday, May 25 with the Dodgers hosting St. Louis. Fox also has the Yankees-Red Sox on June 1, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14. The Dodgers are on eight times with the Angels guaranteed seven appearances — almost all of them before the All-Star break.