We’ve butted heads this week with a nasty cold and, so far, we have lost.
The voice, especially, is the biggest loser.
It’s been one of those things that no matter how many packages of Alka Seltzer Plus Severe Cold and Flu we stirred in with Mucinex Sinus-Max Nighttime Maximum Strength syrup and added it all to the oversized bowl of chicken-and-lemon soup, the arduous battle has carried on for days.
(Perhaps one particular concoction was too hot — it actually knocked one of our crowns out, and we almost swallowed it. So if there is to be a doctor involved in the curing process, it’ll start with the my DDS, Dr. Les Lattner over in Westwood).
For us, this isn’t such a major occu-
pational hazard. But for a pro-
play man, what happens when the money maker stops on them?
This is the time of the year that tries play-by-play men’s vocal cords — with the change in season, airline cabin pressure adjustments, stuffy hotel rooms and the warm-to-cold-to-warm issues that come from going to busses to press boxes to arenas this time of year. There has to be something the common viewer/listener at home can learn from their experiences.
Lakers’ KSPN-AM 710 radio voice John Ireland lost his voice last weekend. He was sidelined when the team went to Phoenix after an aborted attempt to do his daily radio show on KSPN-AM 710 with Steve Mason. Ireland ended up seeing Chick Hearn’s old ear, nose and throat man, Dr. Joe Sugarman, this week in Beverly Hills in hopes of returning for Friday’s game, but that included a complete shutdown of talking.
On a five-game road trip back East, the Kings’ radio voice, Nick Nickson, admits he’s been fighting a head and chest cold and can’t really raise his voice to the level needed at times.
We quizzed many of the best, local and national, to see if they’d give up some trade secrets on how to both prevent the voice from disappearing and, if it does, how to get it back.
(Such as: Start with keeping hand sanitizes near by. Germs are not your friend).
What’s worth posting right about now:
== How this critical Week 12 of the college football season lands for L.A. TV screens:
= Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill have No. 24 USC at No 23 Oregon on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for ESPN.
= New Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis is joined by Brady Quinn and Kris Budden to call UCLA’s game at No. 13 Utah on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Channel 11.
In addition to the column we did on Davis upon his announced hiring last week, Sports Illustrated and the L.A. Times have posted subsequent conversations with him, so perhaps the car wash is complete.
(By the way, we won’t get started again on why the Pac-12 allows USC and UCLA games to go head-to-head on TV. It’s a disservice to SoCal football viewers).
= ESPN’s “College GameDay” goes to Columbus, Ohio, in advance of No. 3 Ohio State hosting No. 9 Michigan State. It’s a game ABC will take, but not in prime time. Instead, the Buckeyes-Spartans are in the 12:30 p.m. slot on Channel 7 with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox. The 5 p.m. ABC/Channel 7 game will be No. 18 TCU at No. 7 Oklahoma (Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe), as the network triple header starts at 9 a.m. with No. 12 Michigan-Penn State (Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake)
= Most interesting visual of the day will be the No. 4 Notre Dame vs. Boston College contest from Fenway Park under the lights at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on NBCSN (Dan Hicks, Doug Flutie, Kathryn Tappen). Flutie, however, could be absent — both his parents died this week, on the same day, less than an hour apart.
A short history of Fenway Park and football is provided by this Boston Globe list, which includes mention of Vin Scully doing his first broadcast in 1949, and Notre Dame’s last appearance there — a 64-0 win over Dartmouth in 1944.
= In the Pac-12, ESPN takes Cal at No. 11 Stanford at 7:30 p.m. (Dave Flemming, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay) up against ESPN2 airing Colorado-Washington State in what has become the brutal 7:45 p.m. window (Mark Neely, David Diaz-Infante, Mark Morgan). FS1 has Arizona at Arizona State (12:30 p.m., Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman), and the Pac-12 Network landed what was left: Washington at Oregon State (3 p.m., Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, Jill Savage)
= Fox has No. 10 Baylor at No. 6 Oklahoma State (4:30 p.m., Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Molly McGrath)
= CBS has No. 15 LSU at No. 22 Ole Miss (Channel 2, 12:30 p.m., Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson).
= ESPN2 stares down No. 1 Clemson against Wake Forest (12:30 p.m., Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley) after starting with No. 5 Iowa hosting Purdue (9 a.m., Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht) and then Missouri hosting Tennessee (4:15 p.m., Mark Jones, Greg McElroy, Quint Kessenich)
= CBSSN has San Diego State at UNLV (7:30 p.m., Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor) as well as No. 16 Navy at Tulsa (4 p.m., Rich Waltz, Adam Archuleta)
= The SEC Network is not embarrassed to take No. 2 Alabama hosting Charleston Southern (1 p.m., David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith) or Texas A&M at Vanderbilt (4:30 p.m., Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor)
= The only other meeting of ranked teams? No. 20 Northwestern at No. 25 Wisconsin goes to the Big Ten Network (12:30 p.m., Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen)
== Week 11 of the NFL looks this way for L.A. viewers after Thursday’s Tennessee-Jacksonville game on NFL Network:
= CBS has only one game this weekend, and since San Diego is on the schedule, you know the drill — the Chargers play host to Kansas City (Channel 2, 1:05 p.m., Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots) and it’s our lucky day. All the CBS 10 a.m. games — Oakland at Detroit, Indianapolis at Atlanta, N.Y. Jets at Houston and Denver at Chicago) are a no-go.
= Fox’s double-header begins with Washington-Carolina at 10 a.m. (Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, going to 66 percent of the country) instead of Tampa Bay-Philadelphia, Dallas-Miami or St. Louis-Baltimore). It wraps up with Green Bay at Minnesota (1:25 p.m., Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, going to 89 percent of the country) instead of San Francisco at Seattle.
= NBC’s prime-time game is Cincinnati at Arizona (Channel 4, 5:30 p.m., Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth).
= ESPN’s Monday night game is Buffalo at New England (5:30 p.m., Mike Tirco and Jon Gruden).
== The second week of the CIF Southern Section high school playoffs has Oaks Christian at Bishop Amat in the featured Fox Sports West game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. with Mark Rogondino, Chris Rix and Rahshaun Haylock.
On the PrepZone.com and Fox Sports Go, the offering is Mater Dei-Serra (Fred Salas, Jeff Tolcher), Vista Murrieta-Upland (David Caldwell, Tony Moskal), Valencia of Placentia-Villa Park (Sam Farber, Chris Hale) and Palmdale-Bishop Diego (Mark Heller, Lorenzo Booker)
== Kevin Barnett and Holly McPeak call the Redondo-Mater Dei girls CIF Southern Section Division 1AA final on Saturday at 8 p.m. for Fox Sports West.
The network’s internet streaming coverage for the other finals include:
Friday, 5 p.m.: Division 5AA: Upland Christian vs. Santa Clarita Christian (Paul Westphal, Kristin Olsen)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Division 3AA: Valley View vs. Santa Monica (Westphal, Olsen)
Saturday, 10 a.m.: Division 2AA: Village Christian vs. Chadwick (Westphal, Olsen)
Saturday, 1 p.m.: Division 1A: Valencia vs. Trabuco Hills (Fred Salas, Olsen)
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: Division 4AA: Laguna Beach vs. Alta Loma (Salas, Olsen)
== It should be little surprise that ESPN has already announced it has adjusted the start of the 2016 MLB season so that Kansas City and the New York Mets move their opener to Sunday, April 3 and become the “Sunday Night Baseball” opener with a 5:30 p.m. telecast on ESPN.
It was duly noted that when the Royals and Mets met in last month’s World Series, the two were ironically set up to meet in the first series of the 2016 schedule as well — a series that was to start on Monday, April 4 in Kansas City.
Now the Mets can watch the Royals raise the World Series flag with the rest of the national audience.
In addition, ESPN will create two more Sunday opening day telecasts, moving St. Louis at Pittsburgh to April 3 at 10 a.m., followed by Toronto at Tampa Bay on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.
The Dodgers’ April 4 opener at San Diego (4 p.m., ESPN) and the Angels’ opener that day at home against the Chicago Cubs (7 p.m., ESPN2) have also been scooped up by the network. They’ll share the day with Houston-N.Y. Yankees (10 a.m., ESPN) and Seattle-Texas (1 p.m., ESPN).
== NBC has Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Latarte, Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns for the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season from Homestead-Miami Speedway in Miami, Fla. (Channel 4, noon-to-4 p.m.) But if it was anything like last week’s rain delay in Phoenix, the event could get pushed onto NBCSN as the NFL “Sunday Night Football” pregame begins at 4 p.m., or the Arizona-Cincinnati game begins at 5:20 p.m.
Meanwhile, NBCSN will offer live feeds of the four drivers left in the Chase chamionship: Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.
Fox also announced this week it has its broadcast lineup set for the 2016 season, starting with Daytona on Feb. 16: Mike Joy will be joined by Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon on the Sprint Cup series, and Vince Welch will call the truck series. Larry McReynolds moves from the booth to the studio show with Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip. Fox has 16 Sprint Cup series races with six going to FS1.
== Several publications have noted that the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has hired a documentary film crew to follow him around during this season, which many expect to be his last, and record as much material as possible — including a moment in New York where he entered a freight elevator with the crew as it rolled with a boom mike above his head. The material would most likely be for him to use on ThePlayersTribune.com, which he has not only found to be a enticing platform for his musings but enough to where he recently invested a large chunk of change during its last round of funding.
== John Strong, Alexi Lalas and Julie Stewart-Binks have the MLS Western Conference final on Sunday between Portland and Dallas (FS1, 4:30 p.m.) for those still engaged in this activity.
== Andres Cantor signed a multi-year extention with NBC/Universal/Telemundo to continue calling soccer through the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The 52-year-old has almost three decades of experience as a leading sports broadcaster on television and radio, going back to the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000. He has covered every FIFA World Cup since 1990 in Italy and became famous for his “Goooooooooooaaaaal” calls during the 1994 World Cup in the U.S.
Cantor did a Q&A with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch this week as well.
== The 224th edition of HBO’s “Real Sports” (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) includes a profile of prolific NBC hockey play-by-play man Doc Emrick. Andrea Kremer does the interview.
== CBS’ “We Need To Talk” works its way from cable to the network lineup on Saturday (11 a.m.) when Kremer, Dana Jacobson, Amy Trask and Lisa Leslie co-host the all-female sports-talk round table. The show regularly airs on CBSSN on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.
== The Sports Business Daily reports that ESPN’s last season of NHRA coverage, which ended in Pomona last weekend, averaged 513,000 viewers for its Sunday tape-delayed eliminations coverage, down 10 percent from last season. The series moves to Fox in 2016 with plans for 17 live events on the main network as well as FS1.
== Did anyone else notice that neither Donovan McNabb nor Gary Payton do any more studio work for Fox Sports?
== The extended piece on daily fantasy sports by John Oliver on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” included a satire of a Draft Kings/Fan Duel ad that we’d wish made it on air more often than the real ones. You can fast forward to the 15:25 mark to see the spot — just look for comics Seth Rogan and Kathryn Hahn playing a couple affected by the daily fantasy addiction:
== The Orange County Register’s sports media columnist/USC football beat writer Michael Lev is about to head out and work for the Arizona Republic, but in his final media post, he says the one column he’d wanted to do but never did was ranking local and national sports-talk radio shows.
Great idea, eh?
If we were still in the annual ranking business — and, funny you should ask, but we did that for about 20 straight years before we gave it a rest a few years ago, but with the proper amount of coaxing we could revive it in 2016 — we would agree with Lev’s assessment that both “The Petros & Money Show” on KLAC/570 and “Mason and Ireland” on KSPN/710 would be co-favorites. Thankfully, they continue to operate in different windows of the day and don’t go head-to-head has they once did.
Wonder what his bottom five might be, just for comparison’s sake?
== These are tweets you just don’t look forward to reading:
News that will thrill some, sadden others: Buyout application accepted today from L.A. Times. Sorry, 140 characters can’t wrap up 40 years.
— Chris Dufresne (@DufresneLATimes) November 16, 2015
A deep thanks to all who have said such kind things about my retirement. Our business is brutal. Also full of the best people in the world.
— Bill Dwyre (@DwyreLATimes) November 19, 2015
Dwyer, who is leaving after 34 years as a columnist and sports editor, will be given a going-away lunch at Taix Restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in L.A. on Dec. 2.