Vin Scully turns 90: Our top nine quotable story and column memories

On the occasion of Vin Scully’s 90th birthday Wednesday — he says he’ll spend it honoring Jackie Robinson in a Rose Bowl statue ceremony — we go back through the archives to find the nine most memorable columns and stories we have done about or with him over the last 30 years:

== Nov. 28, 2014: On the occasion of his 87th birthday and his reservations about retiring as a broadcaster:

“Remember the book by James Hilton called ‘Shangri-La (a 1933 novel that was made into a Frank Capra movie a short time later called ‘Lost Horizon’ starring Ronald Coleman and Margo Albert)? This plane crashes into the Himalayas of Nepal, and the survivors are met by Sherpa guides who take them off the mountain, during a terrible blizzard. The next thing you know they’re in the most beautiful valley in the whole world, absolutely magnificent — it’s Shangri-La.

“So now one of the survivors falls in love with this gorgeous girl in the valley. Finally, there comes a point when the survivors are restless and want to be rescued. So when they are rescued, this man decides to leave but he wants to take this woman back to civilization.

“When he announces his plan, the High Lama says that he can’t take her away from Shangri-La. He warns him that she is a lot older than she looks. She has only managed to stay her youthful age because she has lived in this valley for so long, and if she leaves, she’ll revert to her real age.

“But the man takes her anyway. And in the movie, there’s the scene where they’re leaving the valley, all dressed in winter clothes. The man is carrying the woman out on his shoulder. And then the camera zooms in on her. From under her hood, you can now see her face — and she looks to be 150 years old.

“I’ve often thought that when the time comes to leave baseball, I’ll have lived this sheltered, lovely existence where grown men leave a child’s game. It’s like Shangri-La. You leave it, and your real age catches up with you.”

== Oct. 2, 2016: His final goodbye during his final broadcast in San Francisco: Continue reading “Vin Scully turns 90: Our top nine quotable story and column memories” »

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College football Week 14 in the L.A. TV market: Saturday may be great, but Pac-12 title game a TGIF solo act

The story posted Wednesday on NCAA.com: “How Alabama, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State can make the playoff.”

It arrived two days after the site also posted the story calling this “the greatest Saturday in college football history.” Well, not exactly. It quoted itself in the headline, but also prefaced it by saying “you could call it …”

There’s also the disclaimer at the end of every NCAA.com story: The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions.

Especially USC.

More at this link …

 

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NFL Week 12 in the L.A. market: Destiny has put the Chargers in Dallas on Turkey Day

Your Chargers have put Los Angeles back on the Thanksgiving Day TV rotation.
We bow our heads and quietly ask:
The Chargers?
Why?
Because maybe, even at 4-6 after Week 11 and with a chance to broadside America’s Team on a national holiday, things can change quickly for them in the AFC West, which the Chiefs don’t necessarily seem to want to claim as desperately as it seemed.
And a Chiefs-Chargers game is coming up Dec. 16. Time to get the ducks in a row.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn says it’s “an honor” to play on Thanksgiving.
“It may be the second-largest game in the league, other than playing in the Super Bowl,” said Lynn.
But then there’s that dishonorable thing happening between Dish Network and CBS that could preclude subscribers of that service to see the contest.
Lucky for them?
Back in September, columnist Norman Chad declared them his “NFL team of destiny” for 2017.
“Their standout quarterback, Philip Rivers, generally stays healthy, but he is 59 years old.
“Their special-teams unit is the single most beleaguered organization in America, outside of the U.S. Postal Service.
“Their owner, Dean Spanos, makes Dan Snyder look like Art Rooney.
“They will play home games this year in a soccer stadium with 27,000 seats and no pylons.
“Anyway, when the Chargers run out onto the U.S. Bank Stadium field in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2018, they will become the first homeless franchise with a first-year coach in its first season as second fiddle in a second-rate big city to play in the Super Bowl.”
How’s that going for us so far?
Seeing the Chargers on Thursday might make those in San Diego feel a little heartbroken. Or angry. Or apathetic. It’s not a great look.
What’s also interesting is both games involving L.A. teams this weekend will have Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson on the CBS broadcast. Yet, in light of NBC passing on the Rams-Saints for a prime-time game, Sunday now just feels like leftovers.

== The gap in L.A. is quickly closing.
Bovada.lv announced its updated odds on all 32 team’s prospects of winning the Super Bowl.
On Nov. 15, the Rams were 9/1 and the Chargers were 200/1.
On Nov. 22, the Rams dropped to 18/1 and the Chargers improved to 66/1.
It matters.

== How this weekend plays out:

THURSDAY
== Minnesota at Detroit: 9:30 a.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy AIkman)
== Chargers at Dallas: 1:30 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)
== N.Y. Giants at Washington, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)
Some thought an NBC promo with Lawrence Taylor and Joe Theisman was inspired funny. Some didn’t think so considering Taylor’s current disposition.
SUNDAY
= Buffalo at Kansas City: 10 a.m., Channel 2
This choice, made for Chargers’ followers knowing that a key Week 15 matchup is coming with the Chiefs, is picked ahead of Cleveland-Cincinnati and Miami-New England.
= Chicago at Philadelphia: 10 a.m., Channel 11
This choice, made for Rams’ followers knowing that a key Week 14 matchup is coming with the Eagles, is picked ahead of Tampa Bay-Atlanta, Tennessee-Indianapolis and Carolina-N.Y. Jets.
= Rams vs. New Orleans: At the Coliseum, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)
Moved to CBS so more eyes could get on it on the back end of a national doubleheader going to about 80 percent of the country, it also blocks out Denver-Oakland and Jacksonville-Arizona. Fox, which has only one game to show today, can’t deliver on Seattle-San Francisco.
= Green Bay at Pittsburgh: 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)

MONDAY
= Houston at Baltimore: 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)

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College football Week 13 in the L.A. TV market: A bleak UCLA predicament on Black Friday

We’ve seen the stories suggesting ways to navigate Black Friday 2017.
We have a few more particular to UCLA fans who plan to attend Friday night’s game against Cal:
* Discount coupons will be not be honored for any purchase of a new head football coach.
* Do not arrive at the Rose Bowl before dawn expecting to bust any doors down for early tailgating. There will be nobody to let you in the parking lots.
* Bring comfortable flip-flops, sunscreen and sunglasses for the hours before 5 p.m.. If you can not afford sunglasses, some free ones may be provided by basketball team members.
* Bring heavy blankets, ear muffs and mittens for the hours after 5 p.m. If you can not afford any of these, stop by Dicks Sporting Goods to take advantage of Black Friday sales.
* A bowl-eligible Victory No. 6 will come at a cost. Be prepared to overpay.

All rankings from the latest College Football Playoff poll:

THE LOCALS (with No. 11 USC (10-2, 8-1) in a bye week)
* UCLA (5-6, 3-5) vs. Cal (5-6, 2-6) at the Rose Bowl, Friday, 7:30 p.m., FS1 (Chris Myers, Evan Moore)
In the latest bowl projections by Sports Illustrated, Cal wins and goes to the Heart of Dallas Bowl on the Tuesday after Christmas, meaning UCLA stays home. The latest guesses at ESPN.com has Cal staying home and UCLA’s win putting it in either the Dec. 20 Frisco Bowl or Dec. 23 Birmingham Bowl, both which smell of desperation.

THE PAC-12:
* Arizona (7-4, 5-3) at Arizona State (6-5, 5-3), Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Roxy Bernstein, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)
ASU’s Todd Graham is reportedly “coaching for his job” in this Territorial Cup. The home team has won the last four meetings. Arizona leads the overall series, 49-40-1.
* Oregon State (1-10, 0-8) at Oregon (6-5, 3-5), Saturday, 4 p.m., ESPN2 (Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Alex Corddry)
The Ducks lead the Civil War, 63-4-10, but lost the matchup last year.
* No. 13 Washington State (9-2, 6-2) at No. 17 Washington (9-2, 6-2), Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Bruce Feldman)
The Huskies could win 10 games and have no dibs on the Pac-12 North because one of its two losses was to Stanford in Week 11 on 11/11.
* No. 21 Stanford (8-3, 7-2) vs. No. 8 Notre Dame, Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 7 (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor)
The Cardinal could fall out of the Top 25 after this but still win the Pac-12 North. Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be the first time this year that the Irish embarrass a Pac-12 foe.
* Colorado (5-6, 2-6) at Utah (5-6, 2-6), 7 p.m., FS1 (Guy Haberman, Petros Papadakis)
Each seeks a bowl-eligible sixth win, but both have lost two in a row. The Buffaloes have lost six of their last eight and the Utes have lost six of their last seven. Why would any deserve a bowl, then?

THE BEST OF THE REST
Thursday
* Mississippi at No. 14 Mississippi State, 4:30 p.m., ESPN (Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy, Laura Rutledge) Continue reading “College football Week 13 in the L.A. TV market: A bleak UCLA predicament on Black Friday” »

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