Play It Forward Jan. 23-29: The Kings take center ice for the annual All-Star Game

What if all hockey games were 3-on-3, just as they are now conducted for contests that go into overtime?
Everything so wide open. The puck turns over quickly. Goalies are left practically defenseless. It’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. For everyone, including coaches who have to bastardize their line changes and hope the goalie is standing upright when it’s all over.
Los-Angeles-All-Star-NHL-2017The 3-on-3 tournament format played out pretty nicely a year ago as an All-Star Game mad experiment in Nashville – complete with Kings-Ducks aligned Pacific Division winning the whole thing. With the Kings’ Jonathan Quick and the Ducks’ John Gibson in the nets, all they needed was defenseman John Scott, a man without a team, voted in by the fans as a lark, but ending up as the game’s unlikely MVP award and receiving a huge hug from Chris Sutter, son of Pacific Division coach Darryl Sutter.
As another way to mark the Kings’ 50th season of operation, they’ve arranged with the league to have the annual star-studded exhibition come to L.A. — at Staples Center, Sunday at 12:30 p.m., on Channel 4.The Kings’ Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty will team up with the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler and Cam Fowler on the 11-man Pacific Division team captained by Edmonton’s Connor McDavid. In the four-team format, there are two 20-minute “games” with the winners of the first two meeting in a third game that will decide a $1 million winner-take all arrangement.
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Sunday media: What happens in the next chapter of Jim Bouton’s ‘Ball Four’?

ap091007068496_sq-73fc8d84af80fa78cf898f6fbfe0bbf353fdd85a-s300-c85All spread out, it looks like the stuff your mom would have tossed away years ago having stumbled across it boxed in the back of a closet — right along with your baseball cards.
It’s much closer to an exhilarating archeological excavation. A sweet, hilarious and priceless insight into one the greatest sports books of all time that somehow has been preserved in pack-rat Jim Bouton’s storage unit for years.
Almost 50 years later, everything that went into the making of “Ball Four” was ready to be deciphered.
This had been lot No. #468 of an extensive winter sale conducted by Laguna Niguel’s SCP Auctions that began on Jan. 4, but it closed early Sunday morning without resolution.
The highest of 22 bids for what amounted to a bunch of notes scribbled on index cards, airline sickness bags and hotel stationery envelopes, a dozen old cassette tapes, stacks of typewritten sheets with corrections made in the margins, and threatening letters to stop production of the 1970 controversial piece of non-fiction was more than $300,000. But it failed to meet the auction house reserve number (which was not disclosed).
Now what happens?

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It’s Out of the Question: Does sports do it right with the transfer of power?

Out with the old (David Stern) and in with the new (Adam Silver) NBA style, in 2014.

Out with the old (David Stern) and in with the new (Adam Silver) NBA style, in 2014.

The congenial transfer of power happens all the time in the sports world.
No great displays of angst. Very little conflagrating egos.
C-SPAN doesn’t even bother to cover it, as the whole process comes off as even too phlegmatic for them.
Just nothing more than a rubber stamp and a press release. The public apparently not need to concern itself with how its favorite pro sports leagues altered the course of their future.
From commissioner to commissioner, the mission is to keep things peaceful, prudent and profitable. And private.
Apparently, that’s transparency at its finest?
When do the fans who are most invested with time, ticket purchases and crocodile tears become an essential part of this important process?
It all seems rigged.
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Sports media notes version 01.19.17: Another chapter unfolds in Jim Bouton’s ‘Ball Four’ story

IMG_7410If a fire, earthquake, flood or another insane Act of God ever threatened the foundation of my home, and there appeared to be just a couple of minutes to grab some prized possessions before bolting out the door, I’d spend more than a few seconds contemplating how many of the seven hard- and paper-back editions of Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” books  could be carried out with care.
They have maintained an esteemed spot on the book shelf over the decades. Most of them are personally signed.
There are mix emotions reading that that Bouton’s family has decided to sell off a collection of the quirky materials he used to take notes on during the writing process involved in the 1970 classic — not just cassette tapes, but notes taken on air-sickness bags from airplanes, napkins, cereal boxes, index cards, whatever was available.
But more disheartening is to also read that the 77-year-old Bouton suffered a recent stroke and is unable to correspond well — something I fully appreciated in a back-and-fourth of emails correspondences over the years. And something that just seems impossible based on his personality and curiosity about life and society.
Less than three years ago, the Boston Globe had this story about how Bouton was still “opinionated as ever.” Now … Continue reading “Sports media notes version 01.19.17: Another chapter unfolds in Jim Bouton’s ‘Ball Four’ story” »

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Sunday media: On the 50th anniversary of the first ‘Super Bowl,’ you remembered …

From the Feb. 11, 1967 issue of "The Beat" produced by KRLA, the 1110-AM rock station in L.A. (http://krlabeat.sakionline.net/issue/11feb67.pdf)

From the Feb. 11, 1967 issue of “The Beat” produced by KRLA, the 1110-AM rock station in L.A. (http://krlabeat.sakionline.net/issue/11feb67.pdf)

Some of Sunday’s media column marking the 50th anniversary of the NFL-AFL championship played at the Coliseum on Jan. 15, 1967 includes remembrances from those who saw the game.
Or try not to misremember things they saw that day versus things they’ve seen in video and film and photographs since then.
doityourselfI was just a 5-year-old, not sure I even knew how to operate the black-and-white TV at our L.A. home with the needle nosed pliers fully engaged in changing the channels.
In addition to those in the column, we have these submissions:

== Lance Barrow, CBS Sports producer who has been the producer of four Super Bowl broadcasts and part of another eight as an assistant to Pat Summerall:

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