Weekly media column version 11.01.13 — A read on the new Wooden-related books, plus some Erin Andrews World Series backlash? (Who saw that coming?)

UPDATED: 11:30 a.m. FRIDAY

(Above: From the website: johnwoodenbook.com)

What made it into this week’s version of the media column:

sonsxYou’re not seeing things: Books written about John Wooden continue to appear on store shelves as much today as when he was alive and coaching UCLA to national basketball championships. The difference is there’s an anniversary to acknowledge — it’s been 50 years since his first title, the 1963-64 team that went 30-0.
Brace yourself for the wizardry of more words to be written about Wooden.
The ones we spotlighted:
== “The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball,” by John Matthew Smith (University of Illinois Press, $24.95, 344 pages)
== “Wooden: A Coach’s Life,” by Seth Davis (Holt, Henry & Company, Inc., $35, 608 pages)
== “Anatomy of a Champion / An American Dynasty Wooden’s Way,” By Andre McCarter, currently discussed on a kickerstarter.com webpage.

What didn’t make it into the column:

== This process made us more curious about finding the ultimate list of books written by or about John Wooden.
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College football ’13 TV lineup for L.A. in Week 10: Corso heads to Florida State … warpaint ensues

Florida State Seminoles mascot Chief Osceola rears the horse Renegade during a game earlier this season at Doak Campbell Stadium. (Melina Vastola-USA Today Sports)

Florida State Seminoles mascot Chief Osceola rears the horse Renegade during a game earlier this season at Doak Campbell Stadium. (Melina Vastola-USA Today Sports)

R.J. Bell of Pregame.com — “the largest sports betting news website compliant with U.S. Law,” according to its disclaimer, as well as being on of the most media-quoted services around — points out that No. 3 Florida State is a 21-point favorite over visiting No. 7 Miami..
That’s the biggest point spread in history between undefeated Top 10 teams this late in the season, according to the wise guys.
Bell points out there are only two other instances of a double digit favorite when two undefeated Top 10 teams play this late in the season:
== No. 1 Texas, favored by 12 points, when hosting No. 7 Oklahoma State (on Oct. 25, 2008).
== No. 1 Miami, favored by 11 points, when playing No. 2 Ohio State in the 2002 BCS title game.
How’d those games turn out?
Texas won 28-24 behind Colt McCoy’s 391-yards passing.
And Ohio State won, 31-24 in double OT at the Fiesta Bowl.
So history has spoken: Take these Hurricanes and the points before this is bet down to a two-TD spread.

With BCS rankings and records where applicable:

== USC (5-3, 2-2) at Oregon State (6-2, 4-1), Friday at 6 p.m., ESPN2 (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell and Allison Williams)
== No. 20 UCLA (5-2, 2-2) vs. Colorado (3-4, 0-4), Rose Bowl, Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 (Craig Bolerjack, Joey Harrington, Ryan Nece)

== Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) at Washington State (4-4, 2-3), Thursday at 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder)
== Arizona (5-2, 2-2) at Cal (1-7, 0-5), Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, Drea Avent)
No. 5 Stanford (7-1, 5-1) and No. 2 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) have a bye leading into their Thursday, Nov. 7 meeting at Stanford; Utah and Washington also have a bye week.

== No. 7 Miami (7-0) at No. 3 Florida State (7-0), 5 p.m., Channel 7 (Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox)
== No. 21 Michigan (6-1) at No. 22 Michigan State (7-1), 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Channel 7 (Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
== No. 18 Oklahoma State (6-1) at No. 15 Texas Tech (7-1), 4 p.m., Channel 11 (Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink)

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NFL ’13 TV lineup for L.A. in Week 9: Tricks, treats, and how to show up to the Halloween party dancing with a Dol-phun before you bail out with a Ben-gal

This constitutes a $20 Dolphins costume at aliexpress.com.

This constitutes a $20 find called a “2013 New Girl Dolphin Costume Halloween Sexy Adults For Women” at aliexpress.com.

It’s a bye week for Denver, San Francisco, Arizona, Detroit, Jacksonville and the N.Y. Giants:

83895back5:25 p.m., NFL Network: 6-2 Cincinnati at 3-4 Miami (with Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan)

10 a.m., Channel 11: 1-6 Minnesota at 4-4 Dallas (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver)
The rest of Fox games in this window: 6-1 New Orleans at 4-4 N.Y. Jets (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews) and 2-5 Atlanta at 4-3 Carolina (Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin)

10 a.m., Channel 2: 4-3 San Diego at 2-5 Washington (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts)
The rest of CBS games in this window: 3-4 Tennessee at 3-5 St. Louis (Marv Albert, Rich Gannon) and 8-0 Kansas City at 3-5 Buffalo (Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf)

1:25 p.m., Channel 2: 2-5 Pittsburgh at 6-2 New England (Jim Nantz and Phil Simms)
In this window, CBS also has: 3-4 Baltimore at 3-5 Cleveland (Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots)
In this window, Fox also has: 3-5 Philadelphia at 3-4 Oakland (Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale), which, by the way, is being fed to the San Diego market as the only Fox broadcast of the weekend, because it won’t take a Fox game in the 10 a.m. window to compete with the Chargers.
0-7 Tampa Bay at 7-1 Seattle (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa)

5:30 p.m., Channel 4: 5-2 Indianapolis at 2-5 Houston (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)

5:40 p.m., ESPN: 4-3 Chicago at 5-2 Green Bay (with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salter)

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Play it Forward: Oct. 28-Nov. 3 on your sports calendar — The gap between the Lakers and Clippers? They’re all even at 0-0 for the first 47:59

UPDATE: Monday, 9 a.m.:

How the week ahead plays out:

11-17-clippers-4_3_rx812_c1080x810BEST BETS:

LAKERS vs. CLIPPERS, Staples Center, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., TNT:
NBA-LAKERS-CLIPPERS-logoOne could finish if not at the top of the Western Conference, then at least among the penthouse contenders, according to prognostications; the other is predictably more likely to miss the playoffs all together.
A titillated Clipper Nation, let’s introduce you to a dreaded Kobe-deficient Laker deflation, version 2013.
“There’s a huge gap between these two,” said Steve Kerr, the TNT analyst who grew up in L.A. “Not to say the Lakers aren’t compelling in their own right, but the Clippers have the chance to be something special. That’s just the way the NBA ebbs and flows – maybe not for the Clippers for a long time, which mostly had ebbs. But here we are now.”
uspw_6908242_crop_northAdded Reggie Miller, another TNT analyst and Southern California native: “We’re talking now about the Clippers as if they are the Lakers. It’s astonishing. Without Kobe (Bryant) starting the season and not knowing when he’s going to be back, there is a lot of people jumping off the Laker bandwagon and getting on the Clippers bandwagon. I think the Lakers will be competitive, I don’t think they make the playoffs.
la_a_doc-rivers_mb_600But it will be interesting with all the changes for the Clippers to see if this team is ready to take the next step. For them to take the next step, they have to compete for a championship. The Lakers pride themselves on championships. It’s all about those banners. That’s what separates the two. It’s about the mindset. I think Doc Rivers is bringing that championship mindset to a team that has underachieved for the last 20 or 30 years. We’ll see when the bright lights are on and you have to go out and beat the Spurs, Thunder and Warriors on a nightly basis, let’s see if this team can bring it like we know the Lakers have.”
nba_g_clipperfans_gb1_576Added Kerr: “And even if the Clippers do that, it’s still a Lakers town. I don’t think that will change.”
“Unless,” Miller countered, “(the Clippers) go out and sign Yasiel Puig right now.”
It’s a Lakers home game, so take a long look at those banners on the wall. They’ll be covered up with the two meet for a Clippers-designated home contest more than two months from now on Jan. 10 and April 6 (with a March 6 Laker home game in between).

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If the NFL had a team in L.A., of course the guys at L.A.-based Fox would be happy (unless it’s the Raiders)

la_postcardIn reaction to a story earlier this week where NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he’d like a team in London as well as Los Angeles, but there’s no priority for one over the other, this was said on this morning’s “NFL on Fox” pregame show:

Terry Bradshaw: “This is the eighth game the NFL has played in London, spreading the international brand. And for the life of me, I don’t understand why we’re not spreading a little love out here to Los Angeles. Do you realize it has been 19 years since we last had a team here in the Los Angeles area? Why the NFL isn’t putting all their efforts into bringing a team out here – and don’t forget, the largest game in the history of the Super Bowl was in Los Angeles. The very first Super Bowl was in Los Angeles, and personally, my last Super Bowl was in Los Angeles (at the Pasadena Rose Bowl). It seems to me like the powers ought to get together and give a little thought to bringing in an NFL team. Howie’s Raiders’ economic struggles up in Oakland, the Rams’ stadium issues in St. Louis – viable alternatives to come back to the second-biggest city in this great country of ours, the United States.

Replied Howie Long: “Personally, I’m hopeful (the Raiders) stay in Oakland, but economically it’s tough.”

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