In addition to our piece on Dick Enberg heading into broadcasting retirement, we have these notes heading into the weekend to deliver:
== The collection of Vin Scully-related stories from the week:
= From the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir: “Beyond Baseball, Vin Scully Leaves Behind an Archive of Oddities”
= A tribute from the Jewish Journal: “The High Holy Days recognize the complexity of what it means to be human — our positive and negative inclinations; our yetzer tov and yetzer hara. Both as individuals and as a society, we struggle between the twin poles of these inclinations. How is it, we wonder, that we can long for the simple decency of a figure like Vin Scully, yet so consistently deny ourselves the conditions upon which that decency can thrive? … We are about to lose a man who showed us each night what it means to regard each person as having been created in the image of God, and we may gain a leader who appears to believe that he alone was created in that image.”
(Yes, that last line is a reference to Donald Trump).
— Tom Hoffarth (@tomhoffarth) September 25, 2016
= Think anyone at the Jewish Journal would be interested in the fact that the Catholic Athletes for Christ organization has made available a record of Scully reciting the rosary?
= ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” will devote its show Sunday to Scully (6 a.m., ESPN2; 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., ESPNEWS
= For those who want to relive last Friday’s “Vin Scully Appreciation” night, specifically the nine minutes plus of the Kevin Costner speech. (For what it’s worth, Scully said he had a difficult time hearing Coster speak because he was facing away from him and in a soft voice).
= A soundtrack of Scully singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” which somehow SportsNet LA failed to deliver for all three games last weekend and should be a seventh-inning stretch staple for years to come.
= This photo below taken by Ben Platt of MLB.com, capturing what Scully’s desk looks like, as he was on the field for the Friday night ceremony in his honor (with his face on the TV monitor).
= More photos from Jon SooHoo from Sunday’s home finale.
= There are more tributes, from NBC’s Bob Costas, NBCSports.com columnist Joe Posnanski, from David Baron of the Houston Chronicle, from Leigh Steinberg in Forbes.com, from Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News, from Ryan Sparks of the Times-Standard of Eureka, and, we think, from Keith Olbermann writing for GQ, who insists Scully is “not a saint” but better … somehow, we’re not sure that comes through, but …
The best headline on a tribute: “How Vin Scully Saved My Sanity and Made Me a Better Mother” by Julie DiCaro on Fansided’s Culturess.com.
= The San Francisco Giants’ broadcast team prepares for Scully’s arrival this weekend.
— Kevin Fagan (@DrabbleComic) September 25, 2016
= An editorial of thanks from the L.A. Downtown News.
= A Congressional resolution, from senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and and Rep. Xavier Becerra — three Democrats –wanting to honor Scully (who happens to be affiliated with the other party)
— Tom Hoffarth (@tomhoffarth) September 26, 2016
= The MLB.com Cut4 says it’s got “everything you need to see and hear from Vin Scully’s final home game” and even more.
= An appearance on “Mason and Ireland” from KSPN-AM (710) on Tuesday.
= Scully’s version of “Wind Beneath My Wings” is now available on iTunes.
— DodgersBeat (@DodgersBeat) September 27, 2016
= How Scully has set the bar higher for those who consider retirement.
= Bryant Gumbel ended Tuesday night’s “Real Sports” with a Scully essay (below). It deserves this sidenote: Scully was not happy with how Gumbel handled an interview with him for “Real Sports” some 10 years ago. Scully asked that Bryant not get into some of the personal tragedies that Scully endured over his life, but Bryant did it anyway. It wasn’t until after the piece aired that Scully said he would likely never do a piece with Gumbel again … perhaps, which this turned out the way it did without an updated interview:
= A reminder: Scully will call all nine innings on radio Sunday at KLAC-AM (570), as well as on the TV feeds of SportsNet LA and KTLA-Channel 5. Thank you to the readers and social media followers to brought this up and got us to push it to the Dodgers.
= We are also slotted to do “Going Roggin” this weekend, airing on KNBC-Channel 4 at midnight Sunday, with the focus on Scully.
== ESPN added Cleveland at Detroit (Thursday, 10 a.m. with Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville) and ESPN2 will take Toronto at Boston (Friday, 4 p.m., with Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney) as the MLB regular season winds down to determine the final wild-card spots.
Fox has yet to decide what MLB game it will send to the L.A. market (and about 64 percent of the country) for its Saturday at 9:30 a.m. window on Channel 11. It has already decided to carry as regional games N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia and Pittsburgh at St. Louis, sending them to their respective markets.
TBS has picked David Ortiz’s last regular season game as Boston plays host to Toronto at noon on Sunday (Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken and Ron Darling), as well as give updates on any other key games, including cutting into Vin Scully’s last game.
The MLB Network has not yet announced what game it will show on the final Sunday of the season. It has Boston at N.Y. Yankees on Thursday (4 p.m.), followed by Colorado-San Francisco. It will take Pittsburgh-St. Louis at 7 p.m. joined in progress on Friday.
== Fox announced that Alex Rodriguez will rejoin its post-season baseball coverage, starting with the NLDS on Friday, Oct. 7 for FS1.
== NFL Week 4 in the L.A. market lays out this way with the Rams in Arizona (Sunday, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11, Thom Brennamen and Charles Davis), only going to nine percent of the country (including St. Louis, which once had, and lost, both these teams).
== College football Week 5 in the L.A. market has ESPN’s Beth Mowins at UCLA (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.) and FS1’s Joe Davis at USC (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.)
== Spectrum SportsNet announced on Monday that it has hired former Lakers guard and Knicks head coach Derek Fisher as a new studio analyst (apparently passing on having Byron Scott come back after he was just let go as the head coach). Spectrum SportsNet also carried a big chunk of Laker media day from El Segundo — but without Fisher, who’ll be available for “approximately 20 appearances throughout the season,” according to the press release, which also reveals that he will continue to work as a studio analyst for Turner Sports as part of their national NBA coverage. Hmmmm.
Meanwhile, Prime Ticket, which just re-upped its deal with the Clippers, did not cover anything from the Clippers’ media day last Monday in Playa Vista. Hmmmmm.
== The Sparks’ WNBA semifinal series against Chicago continues with Game 2 on Friday from Staples Center (ESPNEWS, 7 p.m., Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson) and Game 3 Sunday in Chicago (noon, ESPN). If necessary, Game 4 is Tuesday in Chicago and Game 5 is Thursday at Staples Center, time and channel TBA. The broadcast team of Ryan Ruocco and Rebecca Lobo are on the Phoenix-Minnesota series
== Pac-12 Network game coverage this weekend:
= USC women’s soccer at Oregon, Thursday at 4:30 p.m., Ann Schatz and Chris Sullivan
= UCLA men’s soccer vs. Washington, Thursday at 7 p.m., Neil Sika and Cobi Jones (only on Pac-12 L.A., replayed on Pac-12 Network national feed at 9:30 p.m.)
= UCLA women’s volleyball at Utah, Friday at 5 p.m., Thad Anderson and Amy Gant
= USC women’s volleyball at Colorado, Friday at 7 p.m., Chris Marlowe and Elizabeth Moreau
= UCLA women’s volleyball at Colorado, Sunday at 11 a.m., Chris Marlowe and Elizabeth Moreau
= USC women’s soccer at Oregon State, Sunday at 1 p.m., Ann Schatz and Temryss Lane
= UCLA men’s soccer vs. Oregon State, Sunday at 3 p.m., Christian Miles and Cobi Jones (only on Pac-12 L.A.)
== Hart takes on Ventura in the CIF Southern-Section high school football game of the week for Prime Ticket with Sam Farber, John Jackson and Chris Rix, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
On the PrepZone, the other offerings Friday at 7 p.m. are Loyola-Serra (David Caldwell, Tony Moskal), Norch-Chino Hills (Paul Westphal, Chris Hale), La Mirada-Norwalk (Fred Salas, Ralph Brown) and La Quinta-Palm Springs (Isaac Lowenkron-Lorenzo Booker).
Prime Ticket has also choosen its Oct. 14 slate: Edison-Los Alamitos as the TV game (7:30 p.m.) with Canyon of Canyon Country-Hart, Orange Lutheran-Mater Dei, Crespi-Loyola and San Clemente-Tesoro on the PrepZone.
== Tom Hammond will host the NBCSN 2 1/2-hour coverage Saturday of Santa Anita’s $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, featuring California Chrome, as well as the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes, highlighted by Beholder, starting at 2:30 p.m., the networks’ final prep before the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Nov. 4-5. Analysts Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss, and reporters Laffit Pincay III, Jay Privman and Nick Luck are also on the telecast.
== Trying to create more Oscar buzz for its five-part TV doc-series “O.J.: Made in America” that aired on ESPN last June, ESPN Films has worked another round of theater showings for more cities in October, following its opening in L.A. and New York last May.
ESPN notes that the film has a 100 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com and a 96 percent rating on Metacritic.com.
The L.A. engagement this time is at The Cinefamily (611 N Fairfax Avenue) on Sunday, Oct. 9 at noon, with director Ezra Edleman available for a Q-and-A to follow. Other cities hosting it this time is New York (Oct. 2 and Oct. 16), San Francisco, Yonkers, N.Y., and Kalamazoo, Mich., (Oct. 2), Littletown, Colo., Kansas City, Mo. (Oct. 16), Chicago (Oct. 22) and Omaha, Neb., Austin, Tex., and Brooklyn, N.Y. (Oct. 23).
The seven hour, 43 minute documentary has two intermissions.
== For those who get a thrill from getting sucked into the vortex of mindless banter involving ESPN and FS1, it’s here.