It’s Out of the Question: Why don’t we all have a 10 hour DL, Dodgers style?

In the beginning, God put in a six-day work week, followed by a day of rest. Was there a disabled list at the time? Heavens no. He called it Sunday.
Man’s own brilliance and ingenuity has created so many things since then that have been essential to his own well being. But more so than traffic lights, emergency phones in public elevators or even the printing press (which is still up to debate), the simple wisdom of the disabled list is transcendent.
Sports seems to be the only entity that officially recognizes such a thing, In the secular world, the HR department may frame it as extended leave, a sabbatical, or a furlough. Shave all the fur off it, and it’s just a permission slip to skip out on P.E. that generally doesn’t require a doctor’s note. Your word and ethical standing is all we need.
And with that frenetic philosophy, the bend-but-don’t-break-the-news Dodgers are on their way to the World Series?
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Sports media notes version 05.17.17: An update on ESPN reporter Shelley Smith, a Kristine Leahy self-inflicted wound (wait, she’s a reporter?), and more

Notes to post before the weekend:

Shelley Smith, left, talks about her workload and motherhood during lunch last Wednesday at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association.

== From a text exchange Wednesday morning with ESPN reporter Shelley Smith, the subject of Sunday’s Mother’s Day column who later was hospitalized with stroke-like symptoms while covering the Golden State-San Antonio NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 in Oakland:

Smith said doctors found a small blood clot in her brain as well as two others in her chest that can be treated with blood thinning medication.
“It was a scary 15 minutes,” she said. “I couldn’t talk or move my right arm or leg. And then it passed. Lucky I was right next to the Warriors’ training room. They were amazing.”
She said she expects to give out more information soon on a Facebook post soon.
“Mother’s Day was definitely a trip this year,” she said. “You never know how strong you are until you have to be strong.”
It appears she’ll be heading home today and wants to get back up to speed as the NBA Finals begin.

== A fog-and-phony-type show that took place this week in New York called the Upfronts, where networks pitch their hopes and dreams to advertisers in hopes of the reciprocation of financial support, prompted a column about it by The New York Times entitled “ESPN Is Betting on Big Personalities to Restore Its Fortunes.”
The newspaper didn’t actually interview ESPN boss John Skipper about that building toward the future in light of their recent dismantling of their human resources. Nobody in the media was allowed to talk to Skipper.
But in summarizing what’s at stake here and how crazy things can be framed, the story ended describing how the ESPN presentation was capped off by longtime anchor Kenny Mayne, “fitted with feathery wings and calling himself the Angel of Advertising,” coming onto the stage from above as other ESPN talent scattered to get out of his way. His grand entrance — with his white hair complimenting his wardrobe — led to a momentary tussle with the wires that had suspended him on both sides of his waist, and led to him remarking: “It’s a metaphor for the strength of cable. Look at it that way.”
Is this in Mayne’s contract? Perhaps if he doesn’t do it, he doesn’t have a contract like many of his recent fallen friends.
How sad.

What happened amidst all that was ESPN announcing: Continue reading “Sports media notes version 05.17.17: An update on ESPN reporter Shelley Smith, a Kristine Leahy self-inflicted wound (wait, she’s a reporter?), and more” »

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Sunday media: The way ESPN reporter Shelley Smith, her mom and her daughter do it up on Mother’s Day

It’s not an atypical for ESPN reporter Shelley Smith to be on assignment on any given Mother’s Day Sunday – this year, she’s been dispatched to Oakland, covering the start of the NBA Western Conference finals.

The Mother’s Day Princess Di mug, as mentioned in the Sunday column.

Her own 81-year-old mom, Luanne, remains confined to her bed in suburban Denver, having been in hospice care recently for a variety of ailments. But there is comfort knowing that spending the day with her will be Smith’s one-and-only daughter, 31-year-old Dylann Tharp.
“I’ll miss that she’s not as close in proximity,” Smith said earlier this week of her now adult-sized kid, “but I’ll be glad she’s with my mom. That will make me happy.”
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More to read:
== Books authored by Smith:
= “Games Girls Play: Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes,” in 2001. Which included this in the acknowledgements: “Dylann has truly benefitted from playing sports and I am extremely proud of the way she’s handled the obstacles thrown at her. Becase of that, because of sports, she is stronger, more confident, responsible young woman. I wish this for every daughter.”
= “Just Give Me the Damn Ball!: The Fast Times and Hard Knocks of an NFL Rookie,” on Keyshawn Johnson, from 1997
== A 2007 feature on Dylann Tharp from the Daily Emerald as she played soccer at Oregon.
== A 2016 feature on Shelley Smith and Dylann Tharp from the V Foundation Newsletter.

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Sports media notes version 05.10.17: The conversation reports back to ESPN and its new “E:60” Sunday format

Before we reach the weekly Sunday media column — we have a Mother’s Day piece planned on ESPN reporter Shelley Smith — here are some things to embrace:

There is conversational value to be found in the latest Bill Simmons’ podcast, No. 210 of his career, by bringing Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal and his own Bryan Curtis from The Ringer together to hash out what they think about the sports landscape — past, present and even future.
It starts with the demise of “The Sports Reporters” on ESPN, gets into the ESPN layoffs, and somehow concludes with Simmons predicting that ESPN will buy The Players Tribune and fold it into The Undefeated.
Maybe. Probably not.
The only regret is the three did not give a “Parting Shot” at the end of this, to giggle at each other’s one liners.
On of the topics hit is ESPN’s commitment to journalism, and even though “The Sports Reporters” is officially gone, “E:60” and “Outside The Lines” starts a combination project with Sunday’s live episode at 6 a.m. on ESPN (repeated throughout the day) hosted by Jeremy Schaap and Bob Ley from a new studio. Both will also give their takes on the sports world at large each week.
Journalism, as we discussed before, is something ESPN wants to continue as it redistributes its resources. “E:60,” which started in Oct., 2007, will continue to focus on profiles, investigations, and off-the-beaten path stories.
“We could not be more thrilled to be moving to our new permanent time slot, 52 weeks a year,” said exec producer Andy Tennant in a press release. “For a decade, the staff at ‘E:60’ has worked tirelessly to bring our viewers the best stories in sports. From our acclaimed investigations, which have made a global impact, to our features and newsmaking interviews, ‘E:60’ has redefined storytelling in TV sports. The decision to go weekly represents a doubling down on this kind of content. Maybe even a tripling down.”
The first episode of the new series will include Schaap doing a feature on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott as he opens up about his mother and her battle with cancer that ended her life in 2013, a report from Steve Fainaru on the Syrian national soccer team and how the country’s ongoing civil war has affected the team’s bid to compete in the next World Cup, and a piece on artist Dan Gamache, who crafted the custom cleats that will be presented to Derek Jeter as a special gift from New York Yankees during his number retirement ceremony Sunday in the ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” game (4:30  p.m., with ceremony at 3:30 p.m.)

== At Tuesday’s Disney stockholders meeting, CEO Bob Iger said: “A lot has been said about cost reductions at ESPN. We’re managing that business efficiently. We always have, we always will. Obviously, there’s been a greater need to do it given challenges in the near term, but frankly what we’ve been doing, in terms of scale and size, is not that significant given that ESPN has 8,000 employees and we reduced by 100 employees. I don’t take it lightly but, the number gets these headlines … it wasn’t a particularly significant reduction.”
He also said: “We’re running our business more efficiently. So we’re actually confident in ESPN’s future, we’ve got a tremendous lineup of programs, of products, of live sports. Live sports are still a huge driver of consumption.”


== NBCSN again has daily coverage of the Amgen Tour of California cycling event, starting with Sunday’s first stage in Sacramento at 12:30 p.m. The final stage from Pasadena airs on NBC (KNBC-Channel 4) on May 20 at noon. The broadcast crew: Phil Liggett on play-by-play with analysts Paul Sherwen and Christian Vande Velde, analyst and reporter Jens Voigt, reporter Steve Schlanger and “Inside-the-Race” correspondent Steve Porino reporting on a motorcycle from the course. Continue reading “Sports media notes version 05.10.17: The conversation reports back to ESPN and its new “E:60” Sunday format” »

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