What’s worth posting now as June swoons into the Fourth of July weekend:
== Our plan is for a Sunday media appreciation on the sports broadcasting career of Tom Kelly, most associated as the voice of USC sports who died this week just days before his 89th birthday. The story we already posted on it, as well as a piece that current USC play-by-play man Pete Arbogast posted on the Southern California Sports Broadcasters blog.
Included in that post:
“Last time I saw him was at a Southern California Sportscasters luncheon at Lakeside Country Club just before Father’s Day last year. Impeccably dressed as always he seemed like the fun, irascible and bombastic man we’ve all come to know and love. “People used to come up to me and call me ‘Mr. Arbogast,’ and I would deflect that honor to my father, until he passed away. They also like to call me ‘The Voice of the Trojans.’
To me, there will always be only one of those.”
== Not long after Time Warner Cable SportsNet did not announce the departure of Dave Miller as a Lakers studio analyst, the company revealed today through its Charter Cable parent company that Mike Bresnahan, who has spent the last 12 years as a Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, will join the network as its exclusive “Lakers Insider.” It’s a revolving role he has been part of since the network launched in October, 2012.
Bresnahan’s tweet on the matter.
== This week in Vin Scully-related stories:
= The Sierra Madre Public Library will have Dodgers team historian Mark Langill appear Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. to discuss Scully’s career with the franchise.
= Tony Cardenas, a Democrat from Panorama City who represents California’s 29th District in the U.S. Congress, invoked Scully’s name when trying to lobby all parties to figure out a solution to the SportsNet LA distribution when he did this guest opinion piece for the Southern California News Group.
= A man in Nassau County, N.Y., has been collection TV audio for the last 60 years — and has some of Scully’s calls from the Brooklyn Dodgers, reports New York Newsday. As a result, nearly half of Phil Gries’ 20,000 hours of recording are available on his website, atvaudio.com. Here are the links to Scully.
=Tyler Geivett, who spent the last nine years calling baseball at Loyola Marymount as an assistant AD, is calling games for the Missoula Osprey of the Advanced Rookie Pioneer League this summer. Asked by the Missoulian in MIssoula, Mont., about his influences, he said: “It would be wrong not to mention Vin Scully. He’s obviously the best. Being able to listen to him — I just finished my ninth year at LMU and by no means am I Dodgers fan. I was a huge Giants fan growing up — but to be able to listen to Vin Scully and especially this being his last year there’s been a lot of publicity about the stories he tells … there’s no one better.”
= The Portland Tribune asked University of Oregon broadcaster Jerry Allen and Oregon State broadcaster Mike Parker their thoughts on Scully’s influence on the business:
Allen: He is somebody I always wanted to be like. He’s my guy. If there was anyone I’d like to have an autograph of or my picture taken with, it would be Vin Scully. I always wanted to be like him, but I wanted to be careful to not try to sound like him, because I didn’t want people to say I was mimicking him.
Parker: There’s no doubt I do what I do professionally because of him. He made me want to be a sportscaster from the first time I heard him at 7 years old when I was living in Los Angeles. I walked into a neighbor’s garage and a Dodger game was playing on the radio. I was mesmerized by Scully from that point on.
= A reader at the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal thanks him for his mention of how socialism isn’t such a great idea.
= The comments were also referenced in Paul Gigot’s “Journal Editoral Report” on the Fox News Channel and posted on the Wall Street Journal website.
== The Lenny Dykstra Strange and Pathetic Rehabilitation Tour continues with a round of media interviews (it started Tuesday with this one on Dan Patrick’s radio show and then with CBS Radio’s Doug Gottlieb) as the former Garden Grove High standout promotes his new life story, “House of Nails: A Memoir Of Life on the Edge — The Construction, The Demolition, The Resurrection”” (William Morrow Books, 352 pages, $27.99) which was released this week.
It might be better for the book to speak for itself without the 53-year-old’s mumbling and fumbling his way through things, trying to justify past indiscretions or at least explain how his obsession with money led him to do all kinds of crazy things.
A blurb from writer (and Red Sox fan) Stephen King is splashed across the top: “Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I’ve ever read. It comes from the heart.”
We don’t think we’ll take his word for it.
An interview with Howard Stern on Sirius XM gave Dykstra a chance go to a little graphic with things. So, too, did a visit to a New York strip club that TMZ.com had fun posting.
Dykstra tells an interviewer from Esquire: “I wrote this book because this is the story that the American people deserve to be told. At the end of the day, why do we get up every day, what do you work so hard to achieve? You want to have fun, to get some kind of entertainment, so my book will help people get away from their miserable life.”
Scott Miller of the BleacherReport.com also posts this story called “Confessions of a Steroid Pioneer — My Dinner with Lenny Dykstra” about a meeting in Beverly Hills.
It all makes for great copy. But it’s too easy. This must be his newest and latest, greatest scam, a source of some revenue that he will likely never see. But it’ll surely get him a few free drinks along the way.
And toast this: It’s already No. 1 on Amazon.com in baseball biographies in hardcover, Kindle and Audible Audio editions. The last one is baffling.
== ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” takes a detour to Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army base in North Carolina, where a 12,500-seat stadium has been built to host Miami vs. Atlanta in a pre-July 4 contest. Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney are there, with a one-hour pregame starting at 4 p.m., with Karl Ravech, Dallas Braden and Tim Kurkjian.
== The Angels’ contest Saturday against Boston at Fenway Park is one of three regional broadcasts by Fox Channel 11 at 4 p.m., with Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci and Harold Reynolds on the call. The second half of the Fox family double header takes the New York Yankees at San Diego (7 p.m., FS1) as the Padres’ Don Orsillo does it with Eric Karros.
== Albert is also scheduled to be part of NBC’s live coverage of the U.S. Olympic track and field trials from Eugene, Ore., when it continues on Thursday, July 7.
NBC starts the first of 10 days at the eventon Friday from 9-10 p.m. (delayed, Channel 4), with Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon, Craig Masback, Tim Hutchings, Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris. That is preceeded by NBC’s delayed coverage of the U.S. Olympic swimming trails from Omaha, Neb. (8-9 p.m., Channel 4) with Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines and Michele Tafoya.
== If former Galaxy star Landon Donovan is getting comfortable as a TV guy, as evidenced by his Copa America booth performance, why not incorporate him more on Galaxy games on TWCSN? Fox still hasn’t announced yet who’ll be the top broadcast teams for the network during the 2018 World Cup, the first men’s WC for Fox.
== “The Olympics, otherwise known as your biennial reminder that NBC exists,” says John Oliver, introducing a 20-minute take on the upcoming Games and all doping associated with it, on the recent HBO “Last Week Tonight” episode.
Something that Bill Simmons might watch and take notes (which he apparently did on his latest show and talked to Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Cuban about HGH use).
== NBC would like to remind you that it takes over coverage of NASCAR’s second half of the season with the Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday at 4 p.m. on Channel 4. (Qualifying is Friday at 1 p.m. on NBCSN). The race is preceeded by the Xfinity Series Subway Firecracker 250 on Friday at 4:30 p.m. on NBCSN. Rick Allen calls it with Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte. Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns are in the pits and garages. Pre- and post-race goes to Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett.
== One more reminder: The introduction of the NBC Sports Gold Premium Cycling App what NBCSN plans to increase consumption of the 103rd Tour de France, which begins Saturday at 3:30 a.m. on NBCSN with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen are the main broadcast team for their 31st year together. Liggett has called this event 43 years, and Sherwin has either been a Tour competitor or analyst for 38 years.
They’re joined by analysts Christian Vande Velde and Jens Voigt, plus studio voices Paul Burmeister and Todd Harris teammed up with Bob Roll, Steve Schlanger, Jenna Corrado and Steve Porino. Coverage runs through July 24.
== Women sitting around a table talking sports in front of a TV camera isn’t anything new — note CBSSN’s “We Need To Talk” — but when that chair arrangement happened this week on ESPN’s “First Take,” things took off.
Anyone watching “First Take” in the first place can’t be in their right minds anyway.
== Paul Sunderland, Kevin Barnett and Tanith White have live coverage of a FIVB World League volleyball match between the U.S. and Russia from Dallas (Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Channel 4).
== St. John Bosco’s season-opening high school football game on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Xaiver of Ohio has been included in the ESPNU national coverage schedule released this week.
== Their baseball movie, “The Phenom,” is out in limited theater release, and actors Paul Giamatti and Ethan Hawke talk about it with Time magazine.
A review by the New York Times: “(It) is a baseball movie with virtually no baseball, which would be fine if the thing it relied on instead — lots and lots of talking — exhibited zest and originality. It doesn’t. “
== Read this job posting at ESPN for a “Personalization Writer” and tell us what you think this involves?
== In light of the Clippers’ TV situation with its local Prime Ticket coverage needing renewal, watch what happens up in Portland before this weekend ends.
== If nearly every single TV in Iceland was tuned into its soccer win over England last Monday in UEFA Euro 2016, what’ll be when it has to take on France in Sunday’s quarterfinals (noon, ESPN)?
== And finally:
In reference to this story, our favorite tweet of the week:
Wouldn’t have imagined Stephen A. Smith Cheezy Doodles hecking would need a massive five-part oral history, but hey! https://t.co/bhEqCJMgKC
— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) June 28, 2016