Weekly media column version 01.31.14: Who’s more in tune with a NY Super Bowl, Carrie or Terry Bradshaw?


New Yorkers hate Joe Buck? Or, is the spoof above on FunnyOrDie.com just to chase everyone off the scent?

What made it into this week’s media column:

terry-bradshaw.001161174Terry Bradshaw puts himself in the middle of a Fox snowstorm — how dare he go counter to what the network hopes for the 48th Super Bowl? This isn’t a cushy L.A. studio shot any more, TB.
The only thing he seems to be apologizing for is not making it clear the game will be in New Jersey instead of New York.

What didn’t make it into the notebook, but could have:

== Bradshaw and Howie Long banter about their long Fox friendship in SI.com.
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Play it Forward: Jan. 27-Feb. 2 — There’s a lot of hot air blowing around Jersey, and not just from Hurricane Berman covering Super Bowl 48

A football with the Super Bowl XLVIII logo is set on a mound of snow as workers shovel off the seating area at MetLife Stadium following a storm last week. The forcast for Super Bowl XLVIII  between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday: Chilly.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A football with the Super Bowl XLVIII logo is set on a mound of snow as workers shovel off the seating area at MetLife Stadium following a storm last week. The forcast for Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday: Chilly. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

SEATTLE vs. DENVER, At East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday at 3:15 p.m., Channel 11:
How do you take your NFL championship games, in Celsius or Fahrenheit?
Our latest Accuweather.com forecast shows cloudy skies, highs in the 50s, with periods of rain. But that’s just for L.A. — which is all we really care about, and, under those conditions, translates into a real mess outside. So how the elements will play out in Jersey? It’s elementary.
A likely high of 33 we know now, but be sure you’ll get up-to-the-nanosecond updates by anyone with a thermometer sticking out of his pocket.
lead_largeWe’ve seen almost every kind of Doppler doppelganger try to tell us how the atmosphere will cooperate, including ESPN putting stat geek/political forecaster Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight.com out in front of Met Life Stadium with a stocking cap to explain how “climatology” works based on past weather records (is that pre- or post-global warming?) Such as: There’s only a 21 percent chance that the temps will be 25 degrees or below, and the same chance for precipitation — snow, rain, sleet or hail. Maybe we should ask the U.S. Postal Service to choose up sides.

An extra football crosses in front of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as he throws another  practice at the team's training facility in Englewood, Colo., last Friday before traveling to New York.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

An extra football crosses in front of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as he throws another practice at the team’s training facility in Englewood, Colo., last Friday before traveling to New York. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

“If I were a betting man, I would put some money on the wind,” said Silver, constructing a sentence that likely hasn’t been used in Las Vegas before. He said there’s a 31 percent chance of having winds at 50 mph or higher, which would affect the passing game and any field goal attempts. “In other words, this ain’t the Rose Bowl,” said Silver. Which also begs the question: Why aren’t we playing this thing in the Rose Bowl? It already had the Jan. 1 game, and then the BCS title game. Why not cram this Super Bowl in as well? “Fortunately, there’s only 3 percent chance of blizzard-like conditions (in Jersey),” Silver noted.
Too bad. A recent ESPN SportsNation poll asked what weather conditions would fans prefer. The majority vote in 48 of the 50 states, and in all votes taken internationally, was “blizzard.” Only in Washington, where most sided with “wintry, but nothing too disruptive,” and in Colorado, where they went with “pleasant,” did opinion deviate. You’ve got to look out for your best interests, apparently.
Eric Grubman If public safety is at risk, NFL executive VP of business operations Eric Grubman, right, says the game could always be moved up earlier — we’re all for that — or it could be pushed back to Monday. And who wouldn’t be ready for some Monday Night Football right about now?

BEST OF THE REST:

MONDAY

NHL: KINGS at SAN JOSE, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Net:
Nope, we’ll go indoors. To the Shark Tank. NBC will have to be satisfied with that, even if the Kings, on a five-game losing streak, continue to feel they’ve been shark-bit by the schedule. Le Sharks, meanwhile, have won six straight.

NBA: CLIPPERS at MILWAUKEE, 5 p.m., Prime:
Larry Drews’ Bucks are the only team left in the Association with single-digit victories, with a league-worst 91 points a game average. That still doesn’t guarantee the No. 1 draft pick, you know?

TUESDAY

NBA: LAKERS vs. INDIANA, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TWC SportsNet:
Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are back from the extended Grammy trip, seven games on the road without Kobe Bryant taking off his street clothes. After he’s examined early this week, there’s still the process of getting practice in. Meanwhile, more than keeping pace, the Pacers have the league’s best mark, even if that just dipped under the .800 mark for the first time.

NHL: KINGS at PHOENIX, 6 p.m., FSW:
Let’s invite Wayne Gretzky to drop the puck for this one, too. If that’s not too awkward.

WEDNESDAY

Rangers Devils HockeyNHL: N.Y. RANGERS vs. N.Y. ISLANDERS, at Yankee Stadium, 4:30 p.m., NBC Sports Net:
Yo, how come the Rangers get two outdoor games on the Yankee Stadium infield? Because they can. And it’s Super Bowl week in New York anyway.

NBA: CLIPPERS vs. WASHINGTON, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime:
The Wiz might consider putting up a pay wall on their website for anyone who wants to check out John Wall’s impressive stats.

THURSDAY

Sidney-Crosby-and-Anze-Kopitar-1NHL: KINGS vs. PITTSBURGH, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:
Penguins star Sidney Crosby has already been named captain of Team Canada for the upcoming Winter Olympics. By the time this game takes place, will Team USA coach (and Penguins coach, and former Kings player) Dan Bylsma decide that the Kings’ Dustin Brown will be captain for the American squad? Brown was the assistant cap on the 2010 team that won a silver medal. As for this one, the Penguins are first in the league in power play and in penalty killing. It’s why they lead the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division, and are 7-0-1 against the Pacific Division and 10-3-1 against the Western Conference this season so far.

NBA: CLIPPERS at GOLDEN STATE, 7:30 p.m., TNT:
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Chris Paul’s 26 points and 11 assists kept the Clippers close against the Warriors when they last met (a 105-103 loss at Golden State on Christmas night, when Klay Thompson blocked Paul’s shot to tie it with 1 second left, then got into Jamal Crawford’s line of fire as he tried a 3-pointer to win it at the buzzer. That’s also the game where Blake Griffin was kicked out after his second technical foul when he got tied up with Andrew Bogut. Griffin called the Warriors “cowardly” for how they duped the officials. “It all boils down to they (the referees) fell for it. I don’t know their intentions, but it worked. I got two technicals for nothing.” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said jokingly: “It’s good, old-fashioned basketball between two teams that are playing for something.” And still are, although Paul will be missing from this one. The Warriors, despite their ability to fire from long range, had been winning lately with a tougher defense. But that went out the window when Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 54 against them in the Thunders’ 127-121 win on Jan. 17.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UCLA at OREGON, 6 p.m., ESPN, USC at OREGON STATE, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network:
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The Ducks won their first 13 games this season, then dropped five conference contests in a row going into Sunday night at Washington State. Last season, the Bruins lost twice to the Ducks, once during the regular Pac-12 schedule (76-67 at home) and then in the conference tournament title game in Las Vegas (78-69). This season, they meet twice, including Feb. 27 at Pauley Pavilion. Oregon guard Jason Calliste is fourth in the country in 3-point shooting (54.3 percent, 25 of 46).

FRIDAY

110513-DavisPetcoTENNIS: DAVIS CUP:  U.S. vs. GREAT BRITAIN, at Petco Park in San Diego, first day’s singles matches, 2:30 p.m., Tennis Channel:
Aside from the fact there’s Andy Murray on one side going against the Jim Courier-led team of John Isner, Sam Querrery and the Bryan brothers on the other side, seeing how tennis looks inside the Padres’ home ballpark will be a key reason to tune in. They’ve planted a red clay court in left field, and set up grand stands all around it. Seems like it should be a sand court.

NBA: LAKERS vs. CHARLOTTE, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TWC SportsNet:
Bobcats, Hornets … no matter what they’re called, they’ve got the Lakers’ number.

SATURDAY

NHL: KINGS vs. PHILADELPHIA, Staples Center, 1 p.m., FSW:
Former King Wayne Simmonds leads the Flyers in goals. Philly stops by Anaheim on Thursday before arriving here.

NBA: CLIPPERS vs. UTAH, Staples Center, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.:
Blake Griffin scored 40 points in an eight-point win over the Jazz in their last meeting a few weeks ago.

Vin Scully addresses the crowd at the 2013 Dodgers Fanfest. (Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers)

Vin Scully addresses the crowd at the 2013 Dodgers Fanfest. (Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers)

BASEBALL: DODGERS FAN FEST, 10 a.m., Dodger Stadium:
In Lots P and B, expect to see Yasiel Puig, Don Mattingly, Carl Crawford, Dan Haren, Dee Gordon, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Scott Van Slyke and Mark McGwire, with some of them signing autographs – for $10 each. With a ticket purchased ahead of time. With the funds going to the Dodgers Foundation. And you have to print out and sign a waiver before you go in. And you must leave by 4 p.m. How festive.

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2014 ELECTION: 8 p.m., Channel 11:
Derrick Brooks, Charles Haley, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones and Michael Strahan are the favorites to have their name called for Hall entrance. But former coach Tony Dungy could get in if he gets 80 percent of the vote. So, too, could Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown or Morten Andersen. Ray Guy? The former Raiders punter made the final 15. That may be as far as it goes. Fox will make the announcement as part of their “NFL Honors” two-hour show from New York.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
UCLA at OREGON STATE, 11:30 a.m., ESPNU
USC at OREGON, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network:
The Ducks nearly blew a 10-point lead in the game’s final three minutes, but hung on for a 76-74 victory at USC a year ago.

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS: Angel Stadium, 7 p.m., Fox Sports 1:
It’s the last of three loud-n-proud motocross events at the Anaheim facility this month. Dig in.

SUNDAY

promo183841631GOLF: PGA WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN, at Scottsdale, Ariz., final round, noon, Channel 2:
Such a waste to air this amidst all the football going on. But the stadium atmosphere is something to at least give a listen to. Golf Channel has the first two rounds Thursday and Friday. CBS has the third round Saturday at noon.

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Hockey vs. hokey: Who came out ahead?

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

So there really is a fine line between hockey and hokey.

They found it, crossed it, circled back, went offside a few more times, and by then it was too late to go back Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

In true NHL-creates-Hollywood-stereotype form, the portable rink they set up for the Kings and Ducks to play apparently wasn’t enough. They had to add a volleyball court in left field, a roller rink at home plate, let some fans on the field to do yoga stretching and Frisbee throwing, then set up a rock stage foaming with dry ice in right field amidst the palm trees.

It was just one bubbling hot tub away from an XFL game. (Ask anyone at NBC with a short memory if they get that reference).

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

We did fear the worst with an outdoor rinky-dink event like this. It couldn’t possibly live up the hype we kept giving it, right? Especially after the Ducks put two quick goals up on the board in the first period and took the Dodger Stadium crowd out of it, and even a Kyle Clifford-Tim Jackman second-period “brawl” seemed to be as contrived as anything else.

To those who went out, enjoyed themselves, had a rare January Dodger Dog and come home wondering what that Kabuki Theater thing was all about, bless you. If it brought Wayne Gretzky out of NHL hibernation and in front of Kings Nation one more time, all the better.

(Where were the fans, by the way? We hardly heard a peep out of anyone in the crowd, let alone saw anyone there. It’s a huge difference when there are no folks crowded around the glass. Go back to that ’91 game in Vegas. At least they let people see the game up close in grandstands built near the playing surface.)

For those like us who ended up watching at home, confusing NBC’s camera work on KISS with a stadium “Kiss-Cam,” and then logically wondering, “What ever happened to Spinal Tap?” we admit we did miss Bob Miller and Jim Fox on the call (Anson Carter?), but at least we didn’t have to high-stick the traffic coming home.

We asked NHL COO John Collins last week if he worried that this whole event would come off as being too “tricked up” for those watching around the country trying to figure out why people still live in L.A., he replied.: “The core presentation is the game, and once the puck drops, there’s two points on the line and the game is ultimately what matters. I don’t think it’s a three-ring circus.”

 (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

But then why did all that other stuff seem to keep getting mentioned, shown, replayed and treated as if it was an essential part of what happened? Even the broadcasters kept wondering if the “pomp and circumstance” had an affect on how sluggish the Kings came out in the eventual 3-0 loss.

There’s got to be some second guessing as to why KISS and its hydrological stage antics were really necessary to be involved in any of this. The real fear had to be which would melt first: The ice, or Gene Simmons’ makeup?

Vanilla Ice might have been less archaic and more name-suitable for this venue. Along with LL Cool J, if you’re trying to tap into someone a little more contemporary with the Grammy Awards crowd chilling out before Sunday’s ceremony.

Can we get another shot of Tom Arnold, by the way? We had him already deceased in our latest dead pool. Thanks for the clarification. Send him over to the volleyball court with all the other burnouts.

At the end of the night, this outdoor game kind of reminds us of the Donald Trump golf course in Rancho Palos Verdes. The surroundings, the weather and the atmosphere are really pretty perfect as it is. But then the orange-haired mogul decided the first hole needed a huge built-in waterfall next to the green. Another hole on the back nine also has a big, noisy water pageantry. Because we need a distraction from the true beauty of the Pacific Ocean view?

There’s no need to re-invent it, then overcharge for the privilege of playing the course. Same for fans who just want to see two So Cal rivals play each other under the stars of a downtown L.A. evening.

Dial it back, focus on the game, and it’s just as cool. Do it again in L.A.? Sure, try the Coliseum next. Or even a more intimate StubHub Center, where the shape is more inclined to watching hockey. Go easy in the ticket prices and parking. And make sure we’re staying green with all this planning.

They just poured some 30,000 gallons of water to make that portable rink, yet they’re telling us to take five-minute showers because California is in dire drought conditions. That’s just the icing on the whole evening.

Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller throws his bottle into the crowd after an Saturday's win against the Kings at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller throws his bottle into the crowd after an Saturday’s win against the Kings at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Weekly media column version 01.24.13: A cool-down period for the media covering Kings-Ducks on NBC Sports Net

kissesWhat made it into this week’s media column, posted on the website:

The media convergence onto Dodger Stadium for Saturday’s Kings-Ducks outdoor game may seem like a fish-out-of-frozen-water experience, but there seems to be more excitement than anxiety related to how it will be covered.

What also could have been included in the notes, but are here instead:

== A Time Warner Cable Sports spokesperson confirmed today staff layoffs took place within its division devoted to local high school coverage on the SoCal 101 channel, but the number of employees involved was not disclosed.
“While the decision to make changes to our local sports operations was a difficult one, it was strictly about better utilizing our resources,” spokesperson Amy Millstone said. “SoCal 101 will continue to honor its existing sports programming commitments and continue to provide in-depth coverage of the CIF. During a transition period, we may have to slightly adjust our programming schedule.” Continue reading

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“Mystery, Alaska,” the only one focused on outdoor puck, skates into our Top 10 of important hockey movies of all time

Mystery_Alaska_Hockey_GalleryNeed a Hollywood primer on what it’s like in the world of outdoor puck?
In the 1999 film, “Mystery, Alaska,” Russell Crowe plays the sheriff of the fictitious small town way up in the Last Frontier, but he may be more well known as the veteran player trying to keep his spot in what’s called the “Saturday Game” – a four-on-four game of pond hockey where the whole town comes to watch.
Mystery-Alaska-Hockey-Movie-580x435Eventually, a Sports Illustrated writer (played by Hank Azaria) who is a native of the town does a story about the game. A promoter latches onto it, and suddenly the New York Rangers are dispatched to this place to play a nationally televised exhibition game against the locals, coached by the town judge (Burt Reynolds).
Mystery-Alaska_lThe place is inundated with all kinds of unwanted attention. Even famed hockey studio host Donnie Shulzhoffer (Mike Myers), a spin-off of Don Cherry, is credited with the line: “This is hockey, OK? It’s not rocket surgery.”
This “Mystery” story, co-written by famed TV producer and Kings fan David E. Kelly, is about the closest thing in movie form that conveys some of the simplistic beauty of what outdoor hockey is all about, and how it can get sidetracked by a lot of media attention.
Kind of like the L.A. version of the “Saturday Game” at Dodger Stadium between the Kings and Ducks?
There is a common denominator – Kings analyst Jim Fox, who played himself as a studio host in “Mystery, Alaska,” will be working for the NHL Network on Saturday’s telecast.
Again, as himself.

On our own list of the Top 10 hockey movies we’d watch if they popped up on cable one Sunday afternoon, there’s no mystery — “Mystery, Alaska” makes it easily. In no particular order (unless you’re reading between the lines), we’d also jump on:

slap-shot-hansons-premiere_scruberthumbnail_1== “Slap Shot” (1977):
slapshot28129Sports Illustrated noted once that the late film critic Gene Siskel said his greatest regret when the film was release was giving it a lukewarm review. He later decided it was worth including as one of the greatest American comedy movies of all time. The 50th anniversary issue of GQ magazine in 2007 included it on a list of the “30 films that changed men’s lives.” Paul Newman as player-coach Reggie Dunlop. The Hanson Brothers puttin’ on the foil. Ogie Ogilthorpe. Ned Braden skating in his jock strap. The Charlestown Chiefs will live in silver-screen infamy. (And please, do not locate 2002’s “Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice,” with Stephen Baldwin and Gary Busey, or 2008’s “Slap Shot 3: The Junior League.” Both may include reprised roles of the the Hanson Brothers, but they can’t save either one of these straight-to-DVD sequels from the penalty box for low-shticking). Continue reading

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Play It Forward: Jan. 20-26 on your calendar — Hockey gods, refrain from rain, and grant one cool evening of puckish pleasure at Chavez Ravine for the Kings and Ducks

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

An artist rendering of what this could look like, with a roller hockey rink near home plate and a beach volleyball court in left field. Courtesy/NHL

An artist rendering of what this could look like, with a roller hockey rink near home plate and a beach volleyball court in left field. Courtesy/NHL

NHL:
KINGS vs. DUCKS at Dodger Stadium, Saturday at 6:30 p.m., NBC Sports Net:
Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez sent a tweet out last week, asking for all of those in Los Angeles to pray for rain. “Send down your rains from the heaven in this time of drought,” he pleaded. “California needs rain!” Heavens to Gretzky. We understand the gravity of this request. We’ve been going through the driest winter in years, and the ramifications are already being felt.
nhl-stadium-series-press-conference-02But for mercy’s sake, and in all due respect, could the hockey gods divert any wet stuff away from Chavez Ravine this Saturday night, at least for a few hours? When the puck drops for this one-of-a-kind event in L.A. sports history, a full house at Dodger Stadium will be witness to something that could be considered its own kind of religious experience.  Especially if there’s no bad weather, or incredible heat wave hanging over everything.
“This is a wonderful day, not only for Kings fans and for Ducks fans, but for the NHL itself,” said Kings Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, who will be in attendance. “It shows how much the game has grown. I remember sitting and watching on New Year’s Days, the games in Buffalo and Philly, in cold and snow, and always said it would be so cool to see it played in Dodger Stadium in 65 degrees (with fans) in shorts and T-shirts. The dream is going to come true.” Dodger Stadium has hosted all kinds of things over its 50-plus years. The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Michael Jackson. The Harlem Globetrotters, championship boxing matches and an Elvis Presley movie. Oh, right, Pope John Paul II also popped by in September, 1987 for a memorable Mass. It didn’t rain that day, either.
Also: The NHL Stadium Series continues when the N.Y. Rangers face the N.J. Devils at Yankee Stadium, Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Channel 4.

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When ‘The Professor’ played the role of ‘Rusty,’ the Yankee pitcher griping about Lou Gehrig booting a grounder

Thanks to a great find by a keeper of the game Dennis D’Agostino:
That’s the late Russell Johnson, aka “The Professor” from “Gilligan’s Island” who died Thursday, playing in maybe his second greatest role — as “Rusty,” the Yankees pitcher in the 1956 CBS “Climax Mystery Theater” made-for-TV movie version of “The Lou Gehrig Story.”
(OK, maybe his third greatest. We did enjoy his work in “Attack of the Crab Monsters.”)
From Television City in Hollywood to your YouTube channel, just go to the five-minute mark of this black-and-white gem to see Rusty get all huffy with Bill Dickey about Gehrig’s poor performance. Soon, Gehrig (not played by “Pride of the Yankees” Oscar winner Gary Cooper, but someone named Wendell Corey) steps in to assure Rusty that it was a “my bad” moment. Classy.
(That’s also L.A. legend Sam Balter in the role of the sportscaster.)
Too bad the real Professor, Casey Stengel, wasn’t around to settle this rhubarb.
And if you’ve got the time, watch the whole drama play out on your computer, starting with the Chrysler car ads. Then go to the 59:20 mark to find out how you can give to the “mental health campaign.” Kind of explains who the target audience was for this series.

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Posted: media column version 01.17.14: Drop the Doppler references — Whether or not you care about the weather for the NFC, AFC title games, it’ll get talked about

Peyton Manning practices as the Denver Broncos' Englewood, Colorado facility on Dec. 6. 2013. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

Peyton Manning practices as the Denver Broncos’ Englewood, Colorado facility on Dec. 6. 2013. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

What made it into this week’s media column, posted Thursday night:
Everyone’s talking about the weather expected for Denver and Seattle this Sunday. If it’s 50 degrees and clear, will that draw fewer viewers? CBS and Fox aren’t so much concerned — wait until the Super Bowl rolls around in early February for the real hand-wringing.
With that, we’re also covering these talks that will open up for a network to nab part of the NFL’s Thursday night game package, a new feature on CollegeInsider.com posting the documentary “Basketball Guru: The Pete Newell Story,” and a condensed version of the Baseball Reliquary’s decision to include Bob Costas on its 2014 ballot, but not Vin Scully.

What wasn’t included but could have easily been incorporated:

== “Pretty much everyone who gets in trouble ends up calling me,” former CBS Sports studio host, former “Access Hollywood” host and former Fox Sports Radio host Pat O’Brien fesses up to Seth Davis in the next installment of the “Seth Davis Show,” which will be posted on Friday at 10:30 a.m. on CampusInsiders.com.

== The Southern California Sports Broadcasters are offering a limited number of tickets for public sale to their 23rd annual award lunch, set for Monday, Jan. 27 at Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake. The tickets at $75 each can be obtained through Russell Ono at 805-987-8366. KNBC-Channel 4 sportscaster Fred Roggin is the newest Hall of Fame inductee. Also honored will be former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, Dr. Frank Jobe, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, UCLA baseball coach John Savage (also named this week the 2013 coach of the year by the L.A. Sports Council) and Mater Dei basketball coach Gary McKnight, as well as winners in various radio and TV sportscasting categories.

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Who’s new on the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals ballot? Bob Costas … but not Vin Scully … because …

This original post Tuesday at 7 p.m. was updated Wednesday at 10 a.m.:

The list of 50 candidates made eligible for 2014 induction into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals includes 13 newbies.
One is Bob Costas.
One isn’t Vin Scully.
csullysThat revelation isn’t meant to pit one famed baseball broadcaster against another. If anything, both should be candidates based on merits and criteria of the organization, and at this point, it’s a bit more surprising that based on the altruistic goals of the Pasadena-based non-profit, both have not been honored already.
No doubt, over the years, we’ve had our favorites come up for discussion and inclusion by this selection committee appointed by the Baseball Reliquary board of directors. But more often than not, we’ve been more intrigued by who the group has uncovered through spirited research and historical digs that result in the eternilization of those who otherwise would not get their due in the “People’s Hall of Fame.”
At date, the list is already at 45 who have been given their plaques by Reliquary executive director Terry Cannon, and each one can be mighty justified.
It’s just that this latest ballot kind of struck us as a case where … if we were to nicely offer our two cents … and would someone be paying attention that might be open to third-party guidance …
Is there an oversight committee?
The only real guidelines for the ballot construction, as per Cannon’s cannon, is that it be comprised of “individuals – from the obscure to the well-known – who have altered the baseball world in ways that supersede statistics.”
Neither Costas nor Scully have stats to base their impact on the game. Just fan connection that goes deep for both, in different degrees probably. Scully, put into the Baseball Hall of Fame’s broadcasting wing with the Ford C. Frick Award in 1982, has the loyal Dodger fans base as well as a respected network career going back to 1950.
Costas, without a connection to a local team, has an exceptional network broadcasting career for decades on behalf of the game. He’s not in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Frick winner, as network broadcasters are finally getting a bit more of their due and it should only be a matter of time when he is recognized for that.
In the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine, there are several baseball authors and writers. But no broadcasters. Yet. Continue reading

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