Weekly media notes version 11.23.16: Thanks for giving us more Vin Scully memories

What we are thankful to post pre-Thanksgiving:

== Vin Scully has birthday No. 89 on his pocket schedule this coming Tuesday.
His presence is enough of a present for the rest of us at this point.
So much humility and emotion watching people like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Diana Ross enjoy seeing Scully (as presumably the only “clear Republican in the group”  honored among a room full of Democratic supporters) receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio  caught up with Scully in the White House escape route afterward.
Scully was told a day earlier that he is a finalist for the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award.

He was likely informed as well this week that his presence is requested at Dodger Stadium on May 3 during the 2017 season. The team’s new promotional schedule has targeted that Dodgers-Giants game as the one where they’ll honor him with a pre-game ceremony, most likely to add him to that perilous ledge of retired numbers along the left field line.
And how about the creators of “The Simpsons” giving Scully a shoutout (above) during Season 28, Episode 8 (overall episode No. 604 called “Dad Behavior”) last Sunday night, just before another Harry Shearer Scully-inspired call of a baseball game on TV that the three generations of Simpsons men watched.
Again, how cool is all that? Still. …
Maybe about as cool as this:

== The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir admits he’s been preparing a Vin Scully obit for years. It’s kind of what newspapers do, if they’ve got any sort of resources dedicated to such an important task. Now, Sandomir will move forward to the Dead Poet’s Society part of the organization.

== St. John Bosco’s CIF-SS Division I semifinal contest against last year’s state runner-up Centennial of Corona at Cerritos College is the Fox Sports West high school football game of the week with Sam Farber, John Jackson and Chris Rix (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)
The other semifinal — No. 1 seed Mater Dei against Rancho Cucamonga at Orange Coast College (Fred Salas and Ralph Brown) — leads the PrepZone/Fox Sports Go games at 7 p.m. Friday, with the title game set for Dec. 3.
PrepZone also has the Division II semfinals: Valencia vs. San Clemente (Paul Westphal and Chris Hale) and Murrieta Valley vs. La Habra (David Caldwell and Tony Moskal), as well as the Division III semifinal of Edison vs. Rancho Verde (Dennis Ackerman and Lorenzo Booker)

== On the topic of video streaming, the Wall Street Journal says that Amazon has been exploring that with its Prime members as far as all the major pro sports leagues go.

== Ken Levine has some final thoughts about his Dodger Stadium press box play, “Going … Going … GONE!” after it ended its run in Hollywood on Nov. 19. It may be surfacing TBA. And in the true spirit of the play, which not only is about how we want to be remembered but also the brotherhood of the writers, he has a farewell to the late Joe Resnick: “No L.A.  pressbox will ever be the same. He will be greatly missed. And any future production of my play will be dedicated to Joe Resnick.”

== Former KTLA-Channel 5, KCBS-Channel 2, ESPN, Fox Sports, MSNBC (etc.) sports/news anchor Keith Olbermann has graduated to doing shows now for Esquire magazine in some basement converted into a bomb shelter and performed in front of a group of house cats. Otherwise, it’s very watchable. And predictable.

== As part of Small Business Saturday, Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach has included local resident Colin Cowherd in store (3-to-5 p.m., simultaneously as Bryan Cranston comes in for book celebration) to sign copies of “Raw” and “You Herd Me!” Apparently the rules are less restrictive from the last time Cowherd was invited as a guest (no photos, all books pre-signed …. such a lovely experience).

== Live events the Pac-12 Network has available (or just on one of its regionals, if noted):
= UCLA women’s volleyball at Washington, Wednesday at 7 p.m. (Elise Woodward, Amy Gant)
= USC men’s basketball vs. SMU, Friday at 4 p.m. (J.B. Long, Don MacLean)
= Utah men’s basketball vs. UC Riverside, Friday at 6 p.m., (Daron Sutton, Kevin O’Neill)
= UCLA women’s volleyball vs. USC, Saturday at 5 p.m., (Anne Marie Anderson, Holly McPeak, only on Pac-12 LA)
= USC basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Sunday at 7 p.m. (Jim Watson, Don MacLean)

== Fox trumpets that it will send two folks to Kazan — and we’re not sure where that even is — as part of its coverage Saturday for the 2017 Confederations Cup draw for an hour-long show that FS1 presents at 7 a.m.
And they couldn’t send the MLB studio crew to Dodger Stadium during the NLCS ….

== Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be in the NBC Connecticut  studios while Will Buxton will report on-site from Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates for the final Formula One event of the season — NBCSN, 3 a.m. Sunday — as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg try to win the drivers’ championship.

== If we already had no interest in watching ESPN’s “First Take,” in whatever evolution it was in, what would having two contest winners added to it sweeten the pot?

== A 49-photo gallery from SI’s Neil Leifer. Wow.

== Could the NFL really be this kind to U.S. viewers of London games?

== If the Romo-less Dallas Cowboys played every day of ever week, would the NFL have to worry about TV ratings? They can only play their traditional Thanksgiving Day home game this week. Right?

== Last Saturday, while football was played, Stanford edged Cal in a League of Legend  eSports teams competiton. Of course, the final score didn’t matter. There are no winners when this happens.

== Sports talking has brought Jim Rome a $14 million investment ready to pay off.

== ICYMI: Our L.A. TV schedules for college football Week 13 and the NFL Week 12, with some familiar voices from the past (like, last weekend).

== And our favorite Tweets of the week:

And one more:

== Snoop Dogg (or whatever he’s calling himself) with AM-570s Vic “The Brick” Jacobs, at the Rams-Dolphins game last Sunday, with what appears to be a bamboo joint that is big enough to bend but not break:

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