The weekly media column this week:
A little shorter version of Thursday’s blog post on the class action lawsuit that’s been put into motion to get relief from Time Warner Cable and its Lakers and Dodger channels.
What didn’t make it in but could have:== HBO’s decision to focus on the Cincinnati Bengals again in the next installment of “Hard Knocks” has us curious — the other 29 teams turn them down? The eighth season of this training camp turnaround docudrama starts Aug. 6 and ending Sept. 3. They’re shooting for five episodes.
== ESPN Films and espnW’s “Nine for IX” documentary series starts with a piece on Rutgers coach C. Vivan Stringer called “Coach,” with Whoopi Goldberg as the executive producer. Winner of the “Best Documentary Short” at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival can be viewed at espnW.com.
== Next installment of “Real Sports” on HBO (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) includes a piece on 34-year-old daredevil Nik Wallenda — two days after he’s to attempt his live walk across a quarter-mile gap of the Grand Canyon on a steel wire with no tether or safety net (Sunday, Discovery Channel, 5 p.m.).
== Matt Vasgersian and Eric Karros — the broadcast team we envision for the Dodgers once Vin Scully decides to hang up his blazer — are on Fox’s coverage of the Dodgers-Padres game from San Diego (Saturday, 4 p.m., Channel 11, only going to 7 percent of the country; most will see Texas at St. Louis or Boston at Detroit).
== Mike Patrick, Orel Hershiser and Jessica Mendoza are on ESPN’s coverage of UCLA against North Carolina semifinal series of the College World Series (5 p.m. today, ESPN, and then 5:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN if UCLA loses). If UCLA survives, the best-of-three championship runs Monday-Wednesday, 5 p.m. each night on ESPN, with Kyle Peterson and Kaylee Hartung joining the broadcast team.
== “Stupidity is a timeless part of the human condition,” writes Steven Goldman of Bleacher Report. There’s more to it, but we’d be stupid to reveal it.