With Vin Scully’s 88th birthday coming up Sunday, here’s the stuff worth posting now instead of much later:
== Your Week 12 of the NFL brings seven games this weekend:
= Thursday’s Thanksgiving games:
* Philadelphia at Detroit, 9:30 a.m., Channel 11, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
* 10-0 Carolina at Dallas, 1:30 p.m., Channel 2, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
* Chicago at Green Bay, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth
= Sunday’s menu: CBS has the doubleheader, which means the mandatory 2-8 San Diego game, this time at 4-6 Jacksonville (10 a.m., Channel 2, Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots). Games not available because of this: Oakland-Tennessee, Buffalo-Kansas City and Miami-N.Y. Jets. The second offering goes to everyone: Pittsburgh at Seattle (1:25 p.m., Channel 2, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms).
= Fox’s single game will be N.Y. Giants at Washington (10 a.m., Kenny Albert, Darryl Johnston) instead of Tampa Bay-Indianapolis, New Orleans-Houston, Minnesota-Atlanta, St. Louis-Cincinnati or Arizona-San Francisco.
= NBC wrangles 10-0 New England at 8-2 Denver (5:30 p.m., Channel 4, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth).
= ESPN’s Monday Night matchup is Baltimore-Cleveland (5:30 p.m., Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden).
== A look at how college football Week 13 affects the L.A. viewing audience:
= ABC/Channel 7 has Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Todd McShay at the 12:30 p.m. UCLA-USC contest from the Coliseum. Roxy Bernstein and Tom Ramsey also call the game for ESPN Radio nationally.
= ESPN “College GameDay” is going to Stillwater, Okla., prior to the ABC coverage of Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (5 p.m., Channel 7, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox). The ABC triple-header starts with Ohio State at Michigan (9 a.m., Channel 7, Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe).
= Coverage of Thursday Thanksgiving games:
* ESPN has South Florida at Central Florida (4:30 p.m., Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung); FS1 has Texas Tech at Texas (4:30 p.m., Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman )
= Highlights of Friday’s games:
* ABC has Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan doing Nebraska-Iowa (12:30 p.m., Channel 7) after Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams do Navy-Houston (9 a.m., Channel 7); ESPN has Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill for Baylor-TCU (4:30 p.m.). CBS has Missouri-Arkansas (11:30 a.m., Channel 2, Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor). Also, the Pac-12 strategically has Oregon State at Oregon (FS1, 1 p.m., Chris Myers, Evan Moore) going up against Washington State at Washington (Channel 11, 12:30 p.m., Joe Davis, Brady Quinn) for maximum exposure.
= The best of the rest for Saturday:
* Fox has Notre Dame at Stanford (4:30 p.m., Channel 11, Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt) while FS1 takes Kansas State at Kansas (1 p.m., Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman) and then tags Arizona State at Cal (7 p.m., Justin Kutcher, Steve Hutchinson).
* CBS has the Alabama-Auburn Iron Bowl (12:30 p.m., Channel 2, Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson).
* The ESPN networks begin the day with Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Jeannine Edwards at Clemson-South Carolina (ESPN, 9 a.m.), Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra have Georgia at Georgia Tech (ESPN2, 9 a.m.), Clay Matvick, John Congemi, Marty Smith have VIrginia Tech at Virginia (ESPNU, 9 a.m.), David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith take Louisville at Kentucky (SEC Network, 9 a.m.).
* The ESPN networks for the mid day: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake have Penn State-Michigan State (ESPN, 12:30 p.m.), Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport have North Carolina at North Carolina State (ESPN2, 12:30 p.m.), Taylor Zarzour, Al Groh have Northwestern vs. Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago (12:30 p.m., ESPNU), Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge have Vanderbilt-Tennessee (1 p.m., SEC Network).
* In the late afternoon and evening: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich have Ole Miss at Mississippi State (4:15 p.m., ESPN2), Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch have Florida at Florida State (4:30 p.m., ESPN) Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor have Texas A&M at LSU (4:30 p.m., SEC Network), Jason Benetti, Dan Hawkins have Air Force-New Mexico (7:15 p.m., ESPNU) and Mark Neely, David Diaz-Infante have Nevada-San Diego State (7:45 p.m., ESPN2)
== Fox Sports West’s coverage of the CIF Southern Section high school playoffs takes the Pac 5 Conference semifinal game between Mater Dei and Centennial (Corona) at 7:30 p.m. Friday from Santa Ana Stadium. Mark Rogondino, John Jackson and Rahshaun Haylock are on the call. The winner meets the winner of the St. John Bosco-Bishop Amat semifinal in the championship game on Dec. 5 at Angel Stadium.
On the Prepzone.com streaming games, Paul Westphal and Chris Rix call Bishop Amat at St. John Bosco, David Caldwell and Tony Moskal call Redondo at Calabasas in the West Division semifinal (the winner getting to face either Mira Costa or Palos Verdes), Fred Salas and Jeff Tolcher call the Southwest Division semifinal between Buena Park and San Clemente and Sam Farber and Chris Hale call the West Valley Division semifinal between Vista Murieta and Rancho Cucamonga. All Prepzone streammed games kickoff at 7 p.m.
== Why one can’t spell Clippers cheerleaders without an E! (Hint: The Lakers cheerleaders have had their own reality show for several years now on the team-heavy TWC SportsNet. So there.)
== The MLB has decided that fans can stream in-market games on their phones and computers now. So long as the team has a home-market deal with Fox. Like, the Angels and Fox Sports West. Like, the Padres and Fox Sports San Diego. Unlike, the Dodgers and TWC SportsNet LA.
== Want to work for a Dodger blog?
== Why go to Sports.Yahoo.com to read a story when every time you click on it, a window freezes the screen until you’re ready to say you’re not interested in joining its daily fantasy league?
== An observation by a Charlotte Observer writer about why “Redskins” should be used in stories.
== Another longtime Tribune sports writer takes a buyout.
== If the Dodgers might be on the lookout for another TV, radio or studio analyst, they wouldn’t be wrong in picking up former player Tommy Hutton, who, for some reason, has been banished by the Miami Marlins:
Grateful to all the fans over the last 19 hrs. I’m not finished yet!⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️
— Tommy Hutton (@THUT14) November 24, 2015
Among the responses on social media: