We have some vacation time this week, so no media column, but there are these notes worth passing along:
== Dave Pasch and Bill Walton call ESPN’s coverage for the first time of the Pac-12 Tournament championship — you think the Pac-12 Network would have caused heck had it decided to televise it? — on Saturday at 8 p.m. from Las Vegas.
Walton’s performance to date has been worthy of a Pac 12 Net release to chronicle his quips from the Utah-Cal coverage on Thursday. Such as:
“Fantastic pace to this game. Shot clock not a factor, refs inconsequential; Players soaring like eagles here over the desert sky.”
“I love guys that shoot without dribbling. When I watch basketball, I say, ‘what has happened to this game?’ All it is these little guys dribbling incessantly, aimlessly, without purpose, only to draw attention to themselves. Please save us.”
“You have to have the attitude that everybody’s watching every play. That’s what your youth coaches teach you, that’s what your college coaches teach you…Every play is critical on every level.”
“(Jordan) Loveridge used a stiff-arm, Rick Neuheisel is here; He’ll appreciate that one, but this is basketball.”
“Cal has got to get going again and stop thinking the world is against us. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and start playing ball. You had a chance to win and you couldn’t turn him (Jarred DuBois) back and you didn’t commit a foul. It would have been an easy one to finish off right there, but you let a left-handed guy dribble to his left and hit his own shot. DuBois has been doing that pretty much all night, pretty much on command all season.”
Walton is joined by Ted Robinson on the UCLA-Arizona game for the Pac-12 Network on tonight at 6 p.m.
== The CBS and Turner Sports broadcast lineups for the NCAA Tournament aren’t much different from before, with Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr again on schedule to do the title game on April 8 from Atlanta. Nantz and Kellogg are teamed with reporter Tracy Wolfson as a regional team, as are Marv Albert, Kerr and Craig Sager; Verne Lundquist with Bill Raferty and Rachel Nichols, and Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore and Lewis Johnson. First-round coverage teams also include Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel and Allie LaForce; Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner and Marty Snider; Tim Brando, Mike Gminski and Otis Livingston; and then Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb and Jaime Maggio.
== Norman Chad breaks down the NCAA selection show process like no other. Not even Nate Silver, who surely will be watching CBS’ coverage on Sunday (3 p.m., Channel 2) followed by the Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas “Bracketology” debriefing on ESPN (4 p.m.). That is capped off by the ESPN “30 for 30” special “Survive and Advance” (6 to 8 p.m.) about the 1983 North Carolina State drive to the title with coach Jim Valvano. The piece is directed by Jonathan Hook. Don’t forget: NC State’s first win in the NCAA Tournament that was in overtime against the Jim Harrick-coached Pepperdine Waves.
== Andy Bernstein, the official team photographer for the Lakers, Kings and Clippers, will be the featured speaker at a photo seminar taking place Thursday, March 21 from 7-9 p.m. at Samy’s Camera EDU Department (475 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A.), directly across the street from the Samy’s Camera store. Bernstein’s talk will focus on equipment, setup, shooting tips and stories behind his photos, as he is one of the photographers whose work is on permanent display at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. An exhibit of Bernstein’s work during last year’s NHL season called “Los Angeles Kings Road to the Stanley Cup” with more than 50 framed photos are on display now through June at Staples Center, open to all who have a game ticket to an event in the arena. Limited edition prints are also available to benefit the Kings Care Foundation through the Team L.A. Store. More info: http://www.AndrewDBernsteinPhotography.com.
== A spring training chat with Vin Scully, thanks to MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer, reveals another untold piece of the Hall of Famer’s past — he once dated the creator of “Sesame Street.” For real.