Sunday media: How Josh Lewis, Kenny Albert became the Rand McNally of sports broadcasters

0828_SPO_LDN-L-MEDIA-0828And you thought O.J. Simpson was the only broadcaster who used to zip through airports because he had some hookup with a certain rental car company?
What hurts most for guys like Josh Lewin and Kenny Albert these days is what air travel doesn’t align with their broadcast schedule.
Lewin starts his new job with UCLA football this coming Saturday, but before he gets there, his travel itinerary looks like this:
= Thursday, Sept. 1: After calling the Mets-Miami 7:10 p.m. EDT game from CitiField in New York on Wednesday night, he’s on a 6 a.m. flight from New York to San Diego and call the Chargers-49ers exhibition game that night at Qualcomm Stadium, 7 p.m. PDT.
= Friday, Sept. 2: A 6 a.m. PDT flight out of LAX back to New York, call Mets’ home game against Washington that night, 7:10 p.m. EDT.
= Saturday, Sept. 3: A 5 a.m. EDT flight from New York to Houston, landing at 7:20 a.m. CDT, followed by about a 100-mile drive north to College Station, Tex., with an anticipated 9:20 a.m. arrival for 2:30 p.m. kickoff CDT for UCLA-Texas A&M contest.
= Sunday, Sept. 4: A 7 a.m. CDT flight back to New York to call Mets-Washington game, which, because ESPN has it for “Sunday Night Baseball,” has an 8:08 p.m. EDT first pitch. Travel that night with the team charter to Cincinnati to call Mets-Reds game on Labor Day, which has an early 1:10 p.m. EDT first pitch.
“Boom,” Lewin punctuates it after rattling off the schedule.
Here’s more on how he pulls it off at this link ...

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It’s Out of the Question: How long before Tebow lands on the Dodgers’ roster?

0827_SPO_LDN-L-QUESTIONS-0827It almost seems unnatural, the Tim Tebow, the former Heisman winner and NFL quarterback deemed mechanically disinclined from throwing a football, is all the sudden ready to reinvent himself as a professional baseball player.
Is it all a ruse? Would he be better served playing independent league baseball rather than putting on an elaborate tryout for scouts (and the media) in L.A. on Tuesday?We question the motivation here, at this link …

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Weekly sports media notes version 08.25.16: On NBC’s Olympic wrapup, ESPN’s “Sports Reporters” experiment and more …

A dancer performs during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A dancer performs during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

“Peacock should not be proud of coverage”
— Headline from Aug. 14, 1992, Daily News sports media column.

Yeah, we wrote that 24 years ago. How time flies when things don’t really change.
Ty Duffy from, who may not have even been born when I wrote that story years ago, wrote this that we tend to agree with:
“The Olympics are an imperfect fit now. We’re only on the precipice of a sea change. The cable model is on its last legs. It’s not clear what the future will look like or whether Internet streaming will be able to replace the revenue generated from a traditional TV audience. The event feels far more like its butting against the future, than being at the forefront of it.”

We have more on that and more at this link …


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HBO ‘Hard Knocks’ Episode 3: A case for Case in the Keenum-Goff QB competition

keenumDarn, if Case Keenum isn’t a thoughtful, intelligent and funny guy.

If you happened to stumble upon a 10-minute interview the current Rams’ No. 1 quarterback did with Fred Roggin and Leeann Tweeden during the Tuesday afternoon “L.A. Today” show on KLAC-AM (570), that should have come across more than a couple of times.

But if asked to measure your interest or likeability of Keenum based on what you’ve seen through the first couple episodes of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” you may have little to no opinion at all.

HBOHardKnocks1Leading up to Tuesday’s middle installment of the five-part series, the recurring story line each week is some variation on: How long will it be before No. 1 overall pick and rookie Jared Goff is ready to be the top QB?

When Keenum was asked Tuesday on the radio about whether he’s bothered by the Goff talk or even notices the “Hard Knocks” cameras around, he replied: “Oh, you definitely notice them. They’re in your face and everywhere including our quarterback meeting room, security cameras like ‘Big Brother’ following you around. but it’s great to have people excited about us and we’re excited about being here. We’re enjoying every second of it.”

The cameras were more than just in his face during Tuesday’s third episode. They were in his apartment kitchen, as his wife, Kimberly, was trying to help him memorize the complicated huddle calls by reading them aloud to Case as she was cooking.

Recall back in the first episode how Goff struggled learning the language of the NFL quarterback, and stumbled as he tried to repeat it back in the huddle.

At this point in the process, no matter how hard the Rams may want Goff to accelerate the maturation process, the media may be revealing that Keenum has been a much smarter bet to be put in charge.

Of course, there are two more exhibitions, and two more “Hard Knocks” episodes that could twist things up otherwise.

What else was learned from this new episode:

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Saturday media: Rams find a link to play-by-play man Bob Kelley … his son

A Rams team photo with Bob Kelley seated in the front row, and son Patrick next to him.

A Rams team photo with Bob Kelley seated in the front row (white shirt), and son Patrick next to him.

Venturing down memory lane to connect Rams’ past to Rams’ current, there’s a curious, colorful sidepath that leads to Paraquat Kelley.
Southern California rock music fans from the 1970s and ‘80s grew up with the exuberant and iconic KMET radio personality – “Whoo-ya!” – who jokingly took his nickname from the toxic weed killer in the news 40 years ago because of how it was a health hazard to unwitting marijuana users (Kelley was not one).
But what’s really in a name? Kelley.
As in Bob Kelley, the Rams’ well-known play-by-play man from the moment the team arrived in Los Angeles in 1946 and the radio voice through the ‘50s and ‘60s on the old KMPC-AM 710 signal.
That’s Patrick “Paraquat” Kelley’s dad.
More at this link …

= Also: KCBS-Channel 2’s piece on the Kelley lineup call.

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