What made it into this week’s column:
We’re going to play the Vin Scully card in this Dodgers-SportsNet L.A.-Time Warner Cable mess. Those who tried to watch him call the Dodgers’ season-opening games in Australia, that’s one thing. Those who wanted to see him back at Dodger Stadium for the Freeway Series exhibition against the Angels, maybe that’s another.
They’ve made Scully the focal point of the 2014 yearbook, as he enters his 65th season with the franchise. Why keep depriving the fans of his call when this could realistically be his final season?
We suggest a new Twitter harsh-tag: #IMissVinScully.
Angst and all.
We’ve also got info on TWC’s coverage of the CIF state basketball finals in Sacramento, and Marv Albert’s arrival in Anaheim, not so much to visit Disneyland.
What else could have been included but will land here instead:
== Willow Bay, from Ahmad Rashad’s co-host of NBC’s “NBA Inside Stuff” in the 1990s, to the new director of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism — it’s actually happened.
== The IndyCar season, which goes 18 events and of course includes the Indianapolis 500 in late May, begins with Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Channel 7, noon). Allen Bestwick calls it with Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.
== How much did each Pac-12 school really make by the “windfall” of the Pac-12 Network’s existence? The Oregonian looks into that.
== We had a text exchange with Andrew Catalon similiar to the email exchange that SI.com’s Richard Deitsch had with the CBS NCAA Tournament play-by-play man after he apologized for using a term derogatory to those of Polish heritage. Our thought was that Catalon was having fun at the expense of his broadcast partner, Mike Gminski. “Some people didn’t take it in that way, so I’m deeply sorry,” Catalon texted us. “I didn’t know it was a derogatory term, otherwise I could have never said it. I don’t use offensive language among my friends, let alone on television.” Our feature on Catalon prior to his calling the first two UCLA games of the tournament ran last Friday, the day that he was also calling the Gonzaga-Oklahoma State game and referred to the defense that the Cowboys were using on Zags center Przemek Karnowski as “Hack-a-Polack.”
== Ed Sherman covers more on why there isn’t more coverage of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, the annual Sports Emmy hype, and more on the Ryder Cup-NBC announcement that somehow includes trading Michele Beadle’s contract.