What made it into this week’s media column:
Highly questionable, Dan LeBatard. Highly debatable. And highly open to ridicule given the alternatives.
The ESPN TV and radio talk show host, who has kept his Baseball Writers’ Association of America vote for the Hall of Fame by virtue of once having it in a previous career as a full time columnist for the Miami Herald, became the “kick me” target of the day Wednesday when the latest three enshrines were announced.
Thursday, he seemed to basking in the afterglow of surrendering his ballot to Deadspin.com, which then allowed its readers to fill out the 10 spots before it was officially submitted under LeBatard’s name.
Of course, it’s not the first time LeBatard tried to make a statement with a vote (see: NBA MVP 2013, just six months ago. We’ll direct you to the Deadspin version).
More soften criticism of LeBatard’s methods include from the Miami Herald, where Executive Sports Editor Jorge Rojas said in a statement: “Whatever issues might be raised about the Hall of Fame voting process, we do not condone misrepresentation of any kind. Dan had a point to make. We think there are other ways he could have made it.”
We’ve got other notes about Dan Dierdorf’s final NFL game call for CBS this weekend, and more tributes to the Jerry Coleman. It’ll all be posted in the next few hours. (By the way, the Padres have announced a public memorial on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Petco Park).
What could have also been included:
+Notes we’ve added Friday morning:
== A CBS video tribute to Dierdorf is here, in his own words.
== An obit on former Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin, via the ShermanReport.com.
== In our mention of Dick Enberg talking about Jerry Coleman in today’s column, we overlooked the fact Enberg celebrated his 79th birthday on Thursday. That fact was brought up by Bill Walton during the ESPN coverage of the UCLA-Arizona contest, where the former Bruins center was at his mushroomed-induced best.
+What we had from Thursday’s post:
== KLAC-AM (570) has been using FoxSports.com writer Bill Reiter and former Oakland Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison for the noon-to-3 p.m. shift this week as management continues to work out a deal with KNBC-Channel 4 anchor Fred Roggin to eventually take over. The plan remains for Roggin to lead into the Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith 3-to-7 p.m. local shift.
== ESPN said it will use the Dodgers’ game in San Diego at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30, to start its 25th season of MLB coverage, showing off its new team of Dan Shulman, John Kruk and Curt Schilling, with Buster Olney. It will be the Dodgers first three games on the mainland after opening the season with a game starting at 1 a.m. PDT in Sydney, Australia against Arizona on Thursday morning, March 20. The next two games against Arizona are both on Saturday L.A. time, at 1 a.m. and then at 7 p.m. (while the second one is Sunday afternoon in Australia). No TV information as yet as to where those three will be found.
What ESPN’s decision does to the Dodgers schedule is take an off day away from the team after its three-game exhibition series against the Angels, which goes from Thursday-Friday-Saturday. There is now an off-day in San Diego on Monday, March 31.
== Dan Caesar’s extended column on Dierdorf’s final NFL game for CBS has he ambles out of the booth for the last time on network TV (probably) is here at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
== More people watched NFL games on CBS this season than any other network in 2013, CBS reported based on Nielsen data and, mostly likely, the luck of the draw. CBS says that during the 17-week season, 164.1 million viewers watched its network, more than Fox (161.4 million), NBC (151.4 million) or ESPN (102.8 million). We’re not all that dazzled by the claim.
== ESPNU has Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams call Sunday’s UCLA-Arizona State basketball game from Pauley Pavilion at 7 p.m. The Pac-12 Network will have JP Long, Don MacLean and Yogi Roth do the USC-Arizona game on Sunday at 6 p.m. from the Galen Center.
== Dave Pasch and Hubie Brown are on the ESPN call of Friday’s Lakers-Clippers game at 7:30 p.m., after the Miami-Brooklyn game (with Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy).
== This week was the launch of the Dodgers blog by Jon Weisman, the longtime editor of his own DodgerThoughts website. More on that at this link.
== More on Ken Gurnick’s decision to abstain from future Baseball Hall of Fame votes — likely a better method to get a point across than handing your ballot over to a website.
== I had nothing to do with this Wikipedia entry for Pat O’Brien, when it gets down to describing what happened during his Fox Sports Radio years (2010-2013).
== Fox Sports announced that Mark Loomis joined the network to coordinate golf production and studio-related shows. Loomis had been a senior VP of Production for the MLB Network and coordinated ESPN’s golf coverage, including the 2010 British Open. He also was a coordinating producer for the NFL Network’s Thursday night games. The reason he’s needed now at Fox: The network struck that strange deal with the USGA to take the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open events starting in 2015, and running through 2026.
== NBC’s Olympic team of Tom Hammond, Terry Gannon, Sandra Bezic, Scott Hamilton and Andrea Joyce will call the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this weekend in Boston. The key coverage is tape delayed in prime time Saturday at 8 p.m. of the ladies free skate (live in the East) and Sunday at noon (men’s free skate). More women’s free skate live Saturday at noon.
== Of all the Coleman remembrances this week, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann resonated the loudest … because it was …although we’re not sure why he took so much personal offense about anyone bringing up “Colemanisms,” which were part of his charm, not a reflection of errors he may have made: