Weekly sports media notes version 03.15.17: On Vic “The Brick,” Larry Burnett, and more …

What’s worth posting coming up on the weekend:

== Alan Oda of LARadio.com has collected more information following up on the announcement Tuesday made on the KLAC-AM (570) airways about personality Vic “The Brick” Jacobs undergoing treatment for Stage 3 colon cancer.
Jacobs told listeners in the 3 p.m. hour of the Petros And Money Show on Tuesday.
The station has a website link for those who want to post videos of encouragement for Jacobs, 64, who says he has completed the first round of treatments and will take time away.
From a profile we did on him in 2004, to one in 2015 by ViceSports.com and another from TribeMagazine.com. For those who need to get caught up to speed by the man, the myth, and the radio legend.
Some recent Twitter posts:


== In a 2013 video resume, Larry Burnett goes over many of his career highlights and then concludes:


“I’m not fishing for compliments here. I’m just a hard working guy who takes his job seriously, but makes his job fun. And I admit it — I’m very proud of what I have accomplished and in my abilities to inform and entertain. But I am more excited to tackle whatever new challenges lie ahead.”
Four years later, Burnett continues his challenge, lured into a different direction now.
The former ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor, WNBA Sparks play-by-play man and lately host of his own radio show, Burnett has sold his home in Agoura Hills and he and his wife are moving to Reno, Nev., next week to be closer to his daughter and three small grandchildren — but also to continue his career in sports broadcasting.
After 26 years in Southern California, Burnett declared in a Facebook.com post via his Twitter account he was “on the move and making changes” and ready to part with some of his sports memorabilia during a sale at his home last weekend.
“I just got a point where I couldn’t make a living and we just decided to make the move,” said Burnett, who just turned 65. “This isn’t a retirement. I want to work. I’m going up there on faith and the knowledge that it’s time to make a change.”
A New Jersey native, Burnett had a five-year run as an ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor in the late ’80s before coming West to be part of the inaugural Prime Ticket “Press Box” shows on Dr. Jerry Buss’ burgeoning Southern California sports cable channel. That lasted six years.
Within a year, Burnett tried play-by-play with the WNBA’s Sparks, paired up with Ann Meyers Drysdale. At one point, he was doing more than 30 games a season, many on simulcasts. But the schedule was cut back and he was eventually let loose in 2014, without given a reason, after 16 seasons. He was calling the Lakers’ D-League Defenders games in recent years as well.
Burnett also did the Lakers’ pregame, postgame and halftime host on radio back at 570-AM, occasionally filling in on play-by-play with Mychal Thompson. He’s also done Pepperdine basketball and baseball.
As a sports media consultant, Burnett started his own company called TB4US (Think Before You Speak) accessible through his Web site (www.larrybsports.com). Burnett’s latest project, the “Open Season” radio show, was one he self-produced and bought time on KCAA-AM. He stopped doing the show, which had created 80 episodes for on a year and a half, as of a month ago.
“It’s been a cool ride — this is the longest place I’ve lived anywhere,” he said. “It’s very disappointing that I haven’t had a sniff of much work in quite some time. If I was gainfully employed and doing well, it would be harder to get me to leave. I’m resolved to this decision to be close to my daughter and grandkids after missing so many family events over the years because of work.
“I’ve chased my dream and had a great run. I can’t complain about anything other than I want to keep working, I think I’m still good at it, and I’m not interested in retiring.”
Burnett’s run at “Press Box,” starting in Oct. of 1990, was part of a revolutionary approach to extended local sports news shows. Burnett, Alan Massengale and Glenn Walker were the main anchors for the program that gave local viewers an expanded nightly dose of sports coverage at 10 p.m., often right after live game broadcasts, and before the local network affiliates did their 3-to-5 minute pops. That was a six-year ride when ownership changes happened and Fox bought the cable channel and started dumping salaries.
“I remember the last night of ‘Press Box,’ I couldn’t think of anything profound to say except, ‘I’m Larry Burnett, and the next time you see me behind a mike, I’ll be working the drive through window and Taco Bell’,” Burnett recalled.
“And you know, that may still happen.”

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

== Spero Dedes, Steve Smith and Len Elmore (with reporter Ros Gold-Onwude) have the call of USC’s “First Four” NCAA men’s tournament contest against Providence on Wednesday at approx. 6:15 p.m. on truTV. The crew also calls the North Carolina Central-UC Davis contest at 3:40 p.m.
Should USC advance to the official first round in Tulsa, Okla., against SMU (Friday, approx. 12:10 pm.), Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner (with Dana Jacobson) have the call again on truTV.

==  Dedes, Smith, Elmore and Gold-Onuwde are also on UCLA’s first-round game against Kent State in Sacramento on Friday at approx. 6:45 p.m. on truTV, and would do the Bruins’ second-round game Sunday as well.

== CBS’ A-team of Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson are in Indianapolis on Friday for Michigan-Oklahoma State (9:15 a.m., Channel 2), followed by Louisville-Jacksonville State, Dayton-Wichita State and Kentucky-Northern Kentucky. Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel and Allie LaForce have the first game Thursday (9:15 a.m., Channel 2) with Notre Dame-Princeton in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as West Virginia-Bucknell, No. 1 Villanova vs. Mt. Saint Mary’s/New Orleans and Wisconsin-Virginia Tech.
Steve Lavin, the new analyst for Ian Eagle, starts with Virginia-UNC Wilmington in Orlando, Fla., followed by Florida vs. East Tennessee State, Maryland vs. Xavier and Florida State vs. Florida Gulf Coast.
New analyst Debbie Antonelli, with Carter Blackburn and Mike Gminski, whom we featured in last Sunday’s media column, is in Milwaukee on Thursday with Butler-Winthrop, Minnesota-Middle Tennessee State, Purdue-Vermont and Iowa State-Nevada.

== UCLA’s women begin its postseason at Pauley Pavilion against Boise State (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2) with Sam Gore and Julianne Viani on the call. Some background on the multi-purpose Gore: He most often does tennis, but has also been lured into professional bullriding.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

== Steve Quis and Casey Jacobsen call the Bishop Montgomery-Mater Dei Southern California Regional Open Division tournament game at the Long Beach State Pyramid on Saturday at 8 p.m., airing on the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA.
The winner goes to the state final in Sacramento on March 25.
Quis and Jacobsen, for that mater, also have three other Southern California regional championship games to call that day as well, on the Spectrum SportsNet channel:
Girls Division I: Windward vs. Venturea, noon
Boys Division I; Centennial vs. Roosevelt, 2 p.m.
Girls Open Division: Clovis West vs. Long Beach Poly, 4 pm.Pyramid CSULB

ALSO

== Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters have the Clippers-Cavaliers Staples Center game Saturday (Channel 7, 5:30 p.m.). ESPN also has the Clippers vs. Milwaukee game from Staples Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. with Dave Pasch, Doug Collins and Tom Rinaldi.

== ESPN’s coverage of the ATP/WTA BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells continues with Chris Fowler, Patrick McEnroe, Chris Evert, Pam Shriver and Brad Gilbert starts up Thursday with quarterfinals (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-to-9 p.m. on ESPN), includes Friday’s men’s quarterfinals (noon-to 2 p.m., ESPN) and women’s semifinals (7-to-11 p.m., ESPN2), and Saturday’s men’s semifinals (11 a.m. to 4 p.m., ESPN) before the men’s and women’s final on Sunday at 11 a.m. ESPN.

== Is the annual publication “Who’s Who in Baseball” a thing of the past?
Longtime baseball author and public relations man Marty Appel believes it to be the case. “Maybe Who’s Who will one day reappear. But the reality of the marketplace today would tend to say that it had its run, and it’s over. If so, it is another sad development for people raised with certain hard copy annuals that helped define what being a baseball fan meant.”
In 2015, a book called “100 Years of Who’s Who in Baseball” by Doug Lyons came out, and a 2016 edition of the annual magazine was issued as well.

== A column by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Sielski under the headline: “With rise of daily fantasy sports industry, what’s the right way to cover sports?” includes this: “Jerry Seinfeld once joked that in modern pro sports, players change teams so frequently that we basically root for laundry. But that’s not completely true anymore. Many of us barely look at the laundry. Many of us root for our spreadsheets, and it’s hard to dispute that more mainstream sports coverage should reflect that reality. Is it enough just to tweet the inactive players before an Eagles-Giants game? What if, for all this storytelling and news-breaking and opinion-offering, we’re actually the niche, or eventually will be?”
The revelation comes from reading Daniel Barbarisi’s new book, “Dueling With Kings,” which we mentioned in our most recent Sunday media column.

== In 2012, we did a Q-and-A with Seann William Scott about his performance in the hockey movie “Goon,” which may have been off man sports fan’s radar at the time. We had no idea, however, it would be worth of a sequel, but “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” will launch Friday on Canada, with Scott bringing back his character, Doug “The Thug” Glatt.
There is no date yet as for a U.S. theater launch.
This one sort of looks like a cross between a “Rocky” sequel, where his old foe trains him into making a comeback, and a classier comic version of “Slap Shot.”
Scott did this Q&A with the Toronto Sun to promote the film, which has this synopsis on IMDB.com: “It’s a new day for the Halifax Highlanders. A pro lockout has reunited old teammates and brought a crew of new players to the bench; notably missing from the line-up, however, is everyone’s favorite enforcer and heart of the team, Doug “The Thug” Glatt. Sidelined after one too many hits and now married with a baby on the way, Doug is hanging up his skates and settling into life as an insurance salesman. But when Doug’s nemesis, Anders Cain, is made captain of the Highlanders and new ownership threatens to tear his team apart, Doug is compelled back into action. Ignoring the wishes of wife Eva, Doug heads to the rink, discovering an unlikely training partner in fellow retired enforcer and one-time arch rival, Ross “The Boss” Rhea. Together with grit, passion and unrivaled loyalty, they will grind out one last chance to do what they do best … protect their team.”

== Stephen A. Smith, who bears a remarkable resemblance an “ESBN” raving sports host named Anger Watkins on “The Simpsons,” does his ESPN Radio show live from Tom Urban’s restaurant in LA Live (the former ESPN Restaurant) from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday and Friday. According to an ESPN press release, the shows, referred to as “Ditch Day with Stephen A,” will also “welcome guests live onsite and will be open to the public on those days, on a first come, first served basis.”

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