What made up this week’s sports media column, linked here:
Is that John Smoltz warming up in the Fox bullpen, hoping to get a start by the 2015 MLB season? Or our binoculars as out of focus as Harold Reynold’s anaylsis?
After all the stuff we’ve digested during the just completed 2014 World Series, the Fox and baseball friends network might want to reconsider its deployment of a) Harold Reynolds and b) Erin Andrews, or else c) just run the whole event on Fox Sports 1 so fewer can find it. Go the link above for more brilliance on that topic.
What was decidedly more noteworthy in this particular spot:
== Our best Twitter keepers when it comes to instant analysis of Reynolds’ analysis during Fox’s World Series coverage:
I want whatever Harold Reynolds is drinking.
— Mike Harte (@UnrealMikeHarte) October 30, 2014
Made it to sixth inning before Harold Reynolds said players have “all winter to rest. This is it.” I had third inning in the pool. — Tim Sullivan (@TimSullivan714) October 30, 2014
“This is the difference between the American League and the National League: the DH”, Harold Reynolds proclaims emphatically
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) October 30, 2014
Harold Reynolds’s commentary again confirming the only time anyone will pick his brain is during an autopsy following his suspicious demise. — Jeb Lund (@Mobute) October 30, 2014
— Phil Rosenthal (@phil_rosenthal) October 30, 2014
As I’ve said before and I know @GlobeChadFinn concurs: Harold Reynolds is not an A-level game analyst.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 29, 2014
Harold Reynolds makes his debut as armchair official scorer and, predictably, fails.
— Mark Whicker (@MWhicker03LANG) October 29, 2014
The Autobiography of Harold Reynolds: The Unspoken Thought Is Not Worth Having — Jeb Lund (@Mobute) October 7, 2014
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 23, 2014
The Royals are so talented in the postseason, they beat the Tigers, a team they did not even play, according to Harold Reynolds. — Cee Angi (@CeeAngi) October 22, 2014
== Why 75-year-old Frank Deford sounds like he’s 95 as he keeps hitting upon the “World Series games start too late” note in his NPR commentary.
== A point made by Deadline.com on Thursday morning regarding the Time Warner Cable distribution of the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A., as CEO Rob Marcus gave analysts a update after the third-quarter performance numbers.
== Bill Reiter, framed as a Fox Sports NBA Insider when he has appeared on the “Petros and Money” show, has apparently worked his way into taking over his own KLAC-AM (570) local host role starting Monday in the 9 a.m. to noon window, which is also when Fox Radio’s nationally syndicated lineup changes take effect. The Fox Radio plan is to shift Jay Mohr from mid-mornings to noon-to-3 p.m., and insert the new Rich Eisen show — but L.A. isn’t taking any of that. Instead, it’s “L.A. Today” with Reiter, which has been promoted on air so far as not just a Dodger-focused show, but covering everything in Southern California as it goes up against KFWB’s syndication of the Jim Rome show and KSPN’s still-evolving local show that seems to match Mychal Thompson in with whomever is available for the time being. The KLAC decision to use Reiter in the 9 a.m.-to-noon spot may temporarily relieve any anxiety from those who may have been led to believe that Dan Patrick’s 6-to-9 a.m. live syndicated show was to be uprooted. But a Dodgers-only show is still on the menu for more changes coming ahead, and moving Patrick to a delayed-broadcast situation may still be in the plans.
== LARadio’s Don Barrett notes in posting the numbers for the October 2014 Nielsen Portable People Meter measurements that the top three spots in San Francisco are sports (KNBR), news (KCBS) and news/talk (KQED), but in L.A., the four all-sports stations are barely in the top 30, with KLAC (0.9) and KSPN (0.8) tied for No. 29, and KLAA (0.5) and KFWB (0.2) coming in at Nos. 39 and 41. L.A.’s top stations are adult music stations KIIS-FM 102.7 (5.2) and KBIG 104.3 FM (5.0).
== We agree with ShermanReport.com: NBC NHL analyst Eddie Olczyk will be the dark-horse candidate to add some valuable insight to the combined NBC and NBCSN coverage of this weekend’s 31st Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, capped off by the $5 million Classic on Saturday (5 p.m., Channel 4). Tom Hammond returns as the host with analysts Jerry Bailey, Randy Moss, Bob Neumeier, Laffit Pincay III, Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers,Jay Privman, Nick Luck, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno. The 12-race card is split up, with NBCSN going live with the first race Friday at 2 p.m. and again Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Larry Collmus will call all the races. More access can be found at NBCSports.com/BreedersCup.
== That said, NBC wants the Breeders’ Cup for 10 more years, as it will announce a new deal on Thursday, according to the New York Times.
== A thorough piece in ThoroughbredRacing.com about Shared Belief owner and sports-talk show host Jim Rome with the Breeders’ Cup Classic as something to talk about.
== Plan ahead: The most noteworthy sports-related inclusion in the prestigious eight-day AFI Fest 2014 that runs Nov. 6-13 in Hollywood is the closing-night screening of “Foxcatcher,” (Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Dolby Theatre, Level One of the Hollywood & Highland Center), which stars Channing Tatum as Olympic gold-medal wrestler Mark Schultz, Mark Ruffalo as his brother, Dave, and Steve Carrell as the manipulative multimillionaire John du Pont. The festival will also screen “Red Army,” a documentary on the Soviet Union’s hockey team and the struggles many of the players had once they went to the NHL (at the Chinese Theatre on Nov. 7, 9:30 p.m., and Nov. 12, 12:30 p.m.). And for something a little more sideways, there’s the 25-minute short film from the UK called “Slap,” about a cross-dressing teenage boxer who comes to terms with his true self (part of the Shorts Program Two collection screen at the Chinese Theater on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 1:15 p.m.). Free, print-at-home tickets are available for all screenings starting Saturday.
== An excerpt from Al Michaels’ forthcoming book, “You Can’t Make This Up,” (to be released Nov. 18), as excerpted in this week’s Sports Illustrated, about his relationship with Howard Cosell: “We’d had a lot of fun, especially at the beginning. But something was always eating at Cosell. If you elected him senator, he’d want to be president. If you made him president, he’d want to be king. If you made him king, he’d want to be God. He ascended to an extraordinary position but never felt the sports broadcasting industry was exalted or revered enough. Howard Cosell may have known who he was. But he could never be at peace with where he was.”
== John Strong, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler are on the NBCSN production of the Galaxy MLS Western Conference semifinal playoff opener in Kansas City on Saturday at 5 p.m. NBCSN said its coverage of the Galaxy-Seattle regular-season finale last Saturday averaged 699,000 viewers to rank as the channel’s most-watched MLS game ever — including playoffs.
== Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore and Jessica Mendoza are on the ESPN coverage of UCLA-Arizona from the Rose Bowl (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.); The Pac-12 Network has Kevin Calabro, Glenn Parker and Jill Savage on USC at Washington State (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.).
== ESPN “College GameDay” goes to Morgantown, West Virginia prior to the TCU-West Virginia contest (which Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will stick around to call at 12:30 p.m. on Channel 7).
== If you’re familiar with anything attached to the Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim,” then this review of the new “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” calling it absurd just for the sake of absurdity, seems kind of odd in itself. We are far more aligned with the AVClub.com take. The 15-minute campy Warner Brothers animation piece debuted this week and is available at adultswim.com.
== The New York City Marathon, which continues to rank No. 4 on our list of the great American foot races, goes live on ESPN2 from 6-to-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, but then is shoved back at us in a two-hour highlight package (2-to-4 p.m., Channel 7). John Anderson and Hannah Storm cohost the
== Why would ESPN, which owns the College Football Playoff system, be openly rooting for a four-team playoff that included two SEC teams, just because it also owns that conference’s network? Michael Bradley, writing for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University, points out the flaw in the argument isn’t so much who ESPN is rooting for, when in fact, it’s just rooting for itself. The link here, via ShermanReport.com.
== If you didn’t watch the mildly intriguingly-named “Numbers Never Lie” because of the hosts involved, then you’ll mostnot likely follow the ESPN2 show in its latest incarnation, as it changes to “His & Hers” with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill starting Monday (weekdays at 9 a.m.). The network says the name change was” inspired by the success of Smith and Hill’s His & Hers podcast, which was launched in 2012. At this juncture, the only reason we’d have to be remotely interested is if the two became a real couple.
== It’s called the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame — not to be confused with the Baseball Hall of Fame in the Cooperstown area of New York — and during Sunday’s induction ceremonies, Vin Scully (born in The Bronx and a graduate of Fordham) will be included. In the fourth class since the first was put in back in 2011. Orel Hershiser (born in Buffalo, N.Y. and a resident there until he was 6) will also be inducted.
== Variety’s Brian Lowery touches on all the media-related touchstones to how the latest ESPN documentary about Brian Bosworth plays out. It debuted in the “30 for 30” corral this week and is available on demand.
== NFL viewership warning: Because of territorial TV rights, if the San Diego Chargers’ game in Miami runs into OT (kickoff is at 10 a.m., Channel 2), the network is obligated to stay with it until the end, which might cut into the start of the far-more-watchable Denver at New England contest (1:25 p.m., Channel 2).
== And what are supposed to make of Charles Barkley wearing glasses now on TNT’s NBA studio show? The jabs sent his way by Shaquille O’Neal, comparing him to Fred Sanford, were classic enough. SI.com’s Richard Deitsch maybe didn’t know Barkley would don the glasses when he did this interview this week, leading into Barkley’s live game appearance Thursday when TNT covers LeBron James’ return to Cleveland as the Cavs host New York at 5 p.m.