Kings’ Bob Miller update: If I’m not ready until next season, that’s what it will be

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller stands in a room filled with memorabilia in his West Hills home in 2012. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer)

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller stands in a room filled with memorabilia in his West Hills home in 2012. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer)

Watching the Kings recent games on TV might not be always easy on the heart, but that hasn’t stopped Bob Miller from having that be part of the rehab process as he is about three weeks removed from quadruple bypass surgery.
The 77-year-old Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play man, whose chair in the Fox Sports West TV booth has been filled in by another Hockey Hall of Famer, Nick Nickson, said Wednesday from his West Hills home with a voice that was game-quality that  “things are progressing” and “I don’t really have any complaints.”
Doctors have advised him that this will be at least a three-month process before he’s able to return to the broadcasting booth — which would take things to end of the regular season and start of the playoffs. Miller would generally not be doing playoff games any way since the FSW broadcasts will end and taken over by NBC and NBCSN.

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“The Kings have told me not to come back until I feel ready, not to rush anything, and I will take advantage of that,” said Miller, who admits to having general soreness and the last of about 12 pounds from the surgery and rehab.
“If it’s not until next season, that’s what it will be. Right now I don’t believe I could even do one period without feeling exhausted. It’s the littlest things right now that can do that. I’ll get up, get dressed, have breakfast and then need to sleep for an hour.”
Consider what Miller has gone through: A recent annual checkup showed all was good with his heart. Then a calcium test showed there was a problem.
“The normal number for this is 400 — mine was 3,300,” said Miller, and an angogram was done at West Hills Hospital that found 90 percent blockage in four arteries.

Miller and wife, Judy, have been grateful for all the cards and flowers they have received, he said, especially from fans who might preface by saying: “You don’t know me, but I’ve been a Kings’ fan for 35 years and …”
Former Kings’ broadcaster partner Pete Weber, the current play-by-play man for the Nashville Predators, has also been collecting “get well” wishes on tape to send to Miller as he recovers. Some have been used on recent Kings’ telecasts.
“They’ve been such nice sentiments,” said Miller, who even got a gift basket from the Kings’ rival Anaheim Ducks. “From all over the country and from Canada. It’s unbelievable.”
Miller said he wasn’t able to catch the Kings’ 6-2 win at Arizona on Feb. 2, the first game back after the All-Star break — that was the date of his surgery performed at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai by Dr. Alfredo Trento, who Miller was told has performed more than 7,500 of these procedures and is known as “the Wayne Gretzky of heart surgeons.”
But Miller has been in front of the TV for every game since, including the 9-2 win in Boston on Feb. 9.
“I couldn’t believe that one,” said Miller. “I was in the hospital watching it, and for all the times we’ve gone there and been beaten, I was mad that I wasn’t there to enjoy it.
“Nick and Jimmy (Fox) have been doing a great job on the games and everything seems to be progressing smoothly.”

 

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Play It Forward Feb. 22-28: The Kings-Ducks rivalry gets a little more frosty than usual

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick turns to watch the puck go past him from the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf as left wing David Perron, left, skates in during the first period of the team's last meeting on Feb. 4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick turns to watch the puck go past him from the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf as left wing David Perron, left, skates in during the first period of the team’s last meeting on Feb. 4. at Staples Center — where the Kings wore their road white uniforms. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
NHL: KINGS at DUCKS
Details/TV: At Honda Center in Anaheim, Sunday at 6 p.m., NBCSN
Not so long ago this NHL season – let’s say right around Groundhogs Day – the Kings were getting sized for a Pacific Division championship crown. It wasn’t as if their heads were getting too big. Coach Darryl Sutter had instilled a new sense of urgency. What if we don’t wait until the last week of the regular season again to sneak into a No. 8 spot. Didn’t work so well last year, did it? Claiming entry-level status early for a change and generating momentum toward a third Stanley Cup in five years might be a new way of going about things.

The Ducks' Chris Stewart tangles with the Kings' Luke Schenn when the teams met in Anaheim in January. (Photo By John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

The Ducks’ Chris Stewart tangles with the Kings’ Luke Schenn when the teams met in Anaheim in January. (Photo By John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

Then the Zamboni got a little sideways. The two-week road trip that the Kings were sent on because of the Grammy Awards hit a few sour notes. Aside from Anze Kopitar getting knocked out with an injury, the Kings’ double-digit lead over next best in the division shrunk noticeably. Which coincided with the Ducks taking flight.
Bruce Boudreau, whose job was in peril just a few months ago when Anaheim had the worst record in the Western Conference right around Christmas, is now being mentioned as a Coach of the Year candidate as his team has won 11 of its last 13 going into a Sunday night meeting with Calgary. Included in that run was a 4-2 nationally televised triumph over the Kings on Feb. 4 where the Ducks chased goalie Jonathan Quick.
On top of that, Anaheim has won nine of the last 12 regular-season meetings against the Kings – not counting the Kings’ four-games-to-three playoff series win in 2014.
“They’re the team to beat,” Sutter said after the last loss to the Ducks. “Just ask most of the people in this room. They’re supposed to win the Stanley Cup. They’re supposed to win the division. We’ve got to look at it like we are in a series with them, and we are 1-1 (for the season series).”
By the time this week plays out, the Ducks may have pulled even with the Kings and even overtaken the top spot. The meet on the night of the Academy Awards, but still, this Freeway Face-Off Series has two more off-ramps, both at Staples Center, on March 5 and April 7 (the latter as the next-to-last game of the regular season). It’s a long way from being settled.
Also this week: Kings vs. Calgary (Staples Center, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., FSW); Kings vs. Edmonton (Staples Center, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., FSW); Kings vs. Buffalo (Staples Center, Saturday at 8 p.m., FSW). The Ducks’ schedule includes home games as well against Buffalo (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., FSW) and Edmonton (Friday, 7 p.m., FSW).

THE REST OF THE WEEK:

UCLA and USC basketball have games in the Bay Area against Cal and Stanford. The Bruins have the Bears on Thursday (6 p.m., ESPN2), while the Trojans are in Berkeley on Sunday (5 p.m., FS1) … The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis is on the NFL Network each day at 6 a.m. starting Friday … The Clippers start the week at home against Phoenix (Monday, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket), while the Lakers’ road trip continues in Milwaukee (Monday 5 p.m., TWC SportsNet) .. The rest of the week will be at this link.

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Now that it’s broken the tape, is “Race” getting the message across according to Stephan James, who plays Jesse Owens?

Stephan James measures the track in Berlin as Jessie Owens in the new movie "Race" (Focus Films)

Stephan James measures the track in Berlin as Jessie Owens in the new movie “Race” (Focus Films)

The title for the newest Jesse Owens-based “Race”  has one of those multi-layered meanings.
“There’s ‘race,’ in that there’s obviously running,” Stephan James, the soft-spoken actor who portrays Owens, started to explain when asked about it.
“There’s ‘race,’ in the fact Jesse was a black man in a white world. And there’s also ‘human race’ involved here. The story speaks on many levels and it’s much bigger than just a black-and-white issue.”

race-RACE_OneSheet_rgbThe race issue – one involving all humans – is front-and-center, and parallels can be drawn with how the 22-year-old James portrays Owens in the same way that Chadwick Bozeman performed the role of Jackie Robinson in the 2013 movie “42.”
Neither James nor Bozeman are marquee actors playing an historically prominent athlete who overcame racism in a white world. Those more notable in Hollywood are Jeremy Irons, who plays USOC chief Avery Brundage, and Jason Sudekis, who has the role of Owens’ coach and mentor Larry Snyder.
In “42,” Harrison Ford had the role of Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.

With “Race” getting out of the starting blocks with last weekend’s debut and making an estimated $7 million in box office, we wanted to run some questions by James that might give a little more context to viewers about the complex role he played:

Jesse Owens (played by Stephan James) shakes hands with Ohio State coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudiekus) in the movie "Race." (Focus Films)

Jesse Owens (played by Stephan James) shakes hands with Ohio State coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudekis) in the movie “Race.” (Focus Films)

Q: Having seen the movie now with a live audience, what has been their reaction to different scenes and how did you absorb that?
A:
It was incredible. People have really responded to it quite well. Especially younger people. I’m so excited about that. That was my goal coming in just to be able to teach the newer generation about this man. Because he’s so important. It’s a story we can’t allow to die. So pivotal in the fabric of not just American history but world history. To see how enthralled they were during the film, on the edge of their seats when Jesse is racing and jumping, even though you may know what’s going to happen it’s very exciting to see the audience. Continue reading “Now that it’s broken the tape, is “Race” getting the message across according to Stephan James, who plays Jesse Owens?” »

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Sunday feature: For love of the game, and history, Cal Lutheran president Chris Kimball is on the ball

teachpark1At the front of the classroom, Dr. Chris Kimball stood just off to the side of an overhead PowerPoint projection, one that showed an illustration of a baseball field that had an odd shape. It was somewhere in Brooklyn in 1862, right about the time of the Battle of Antietam was going on in the Civil War.

“I’m going to start with the story of William Cammeyer,” the professor said. “He set in motion a lot of changes to baseball. Do you know who he is?”

Ah, a good question.

Not to come out of left field, but here might be a better one: How is it that Kimball, the president and CEO of Cal Lutheran University, can devote time to teaching this class titled “U.S. History Through Baseball,” which has lured about two dozen students into Alumni Hall Room 128 for two-hour lecture sessions each Tuesday and Thursday starting at 7:45 a.m.?

For the love of the game might best sum up why Kimball is the ball here.

More of the story linked here.

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Weekly media notes version 02.18.16: Just season CBS’ golf telecast with a little Pepper, and we’re good

What’s worth posting now:

== At the very least, Dottie Pepper won’t have to keep looking over her shoulder for Bill Murray showing up this weekend showing in the Pacific Palisades.
Probably.
During last weekend’s visit to Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pro Am, Pepper’s task as the CBS course reporter was to interview players who came in her path. Celebrities counted as players.
So there was crowd-favorite Murray, at the 15th tee, who then … see above.
Pepper said it may have looked fun, but it was a little frightening as her electronic backpack caught onto to something and kind of twisted her around.
How did she recover?
“Advil and red wine,” she said Thursday morning from Riviera Country Club, the site of the PGA’s Northern Trust Open.
That’s the fact, Jack.
GettyImages-109460473.0“I can’t tell you how much data my cellphone used when that all blew up,” said Pepper, in her first year of working as the course reporter for CBS. “It must be part of my rookie orientation.”
Golf Channel continues Northern Trust Open coverage Friday (2-to-5 p.m., replayed from 5:30-to-8:30 p.m.) before CBS jumps in from noon-to-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the final two rounds on KCBS-Channel 2 (Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo in the 18th tower, Ian Baker-Finch at the 17th, Gary McCord at the 16th, and Pepper on course following whatever group she gets assigned to track down — often the leaders — and Peter Kostis also on course to follow the final group.
Pepper, hired to fill the course reporter job when David Feherty defected to NBC a few months ago, was taping a segment Thursday for her weekend “Pep Talk” feature where she interviews players and people not only about things that come to mind when they visit Riviera, but also veering off into the history of collegiate golf at the course over the years. She’ll touch on Eddie Merrins’ days at UCLA and lead into Jordan Spieth’s NCAA championship win for Texas in 2012.
(Pepper also talks about how she sees the tournament unfolding at Riviera).
Golf Channel goes live Saturday and Sunday from 10-to-11:30 a.m., then replays the CBS coverage on Sunday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The Golf Channel team: Terry Gannon and Curt Byrum in the main tower, Matt Gogel and Jim Gallagher Jr. in the other towers, Billy Ray Brown on the course and Angela Akins doing interviews.

== Meanwhile, Greg Norman still doesn’t know why Fox canned him on its golf coverage after just one year.

maxresdefault== Not to be overlooked from news that happened late last week: Congrats to Jay Bilas, an ESPN college basketball analyst since 1994 and in possession of a contract signed through 2023, who was named winner of the 2016 Curt Gowdy Media Award for his contributions to the game. He will be honored during the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies in September. Continue reading “Weekly media notes version 02.18.16: Just season CBS’ golf telecast with a little Pepper, and we’re good” »

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