Sunday media: Fame is going, but not gone, with Ken Levine’s play set in the Dodger Stadium press box

Ken Levine, center, with actors, from left: Troy Metcalf, Dennis Pearson, David Babich and Annie Abrams (from

Ken Levine, center, with actors, from left: Troy Metcalf, Dennis Pearson, David Babich and Annie Abrams (from

In “Going …. Going … GONE!”,  the new play that’s out at the Hudson Theater in Hollywood, one might find a connection to the 1970s play “Bleacher Bums,” about a group of fans who commiserates and tolerates each other in the Wrigley Field stands.
img_6901Playwright Ken Levine also seems to channel a bit of the Disney movie “Inside Out” to examine how emotions like joy, anger, sadness, fear and disgust battle with each other. Not just in someone’s head here, but in a diluted press box setting that creates its own angst as it continues on a trend of downsizing with the realism of newspaper layoffs and changing technology.
We saw the play Friday and saw how, as a sportswriter, it does hit home with a lot of truism about how the media, in the role of messenger and historian, may not take the time to internalize their own self worth or, most interesting, how others might view their legacy when they’re long gone.
Here’s our review of the play starring Amy Abrams, David Babich, Dennis Pearson and Troy Metcalf, directed by Andrew Barnicle and continuing a run through Nov. 20.

More info:
= Hudson Guild Theatre
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles 90036
Tickets ($30): 323.960.5521 or
Current schedule of performances:
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18
Saturdays at 8 pm.: Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19
Sundays at 3 p.m.: Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20
= A story by SCNG feature reporter Sandra Barerra with Levine as the play began its run.
= Our recent media notes story about Ken Levine’s tribute to Vin Scully.

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It’s Out of the Question: Who’s upset with Chief Wahoo? Indians’ logo goes before court of public opinion again

cropped_gettyimages-453254716What again is so, so wrong with the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo, the one that the World Series-bound team wears on their caps, uniforms, socks, pullover sweatshirts and whatever else it can sell out?
Oh, right. It’s the logo.
This red-faced character, which continues to be used with Little League teams across our country without much of a second thought, at least isn’t as cartoon-racist as that one from the late 1940s: Yellow-brownish face, exaggerated nose, wide grin and delightful rounded eyes. It’s also one of the hot T-shirt sellers of the so-called “Cooperstown Collection” in many online stores.
We actually picked one up during a trip to actual Cooperstown. Because, you know, it’s classic. Part of the game’s fabric. Appalling and appealing at the same time.
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Weekly media notes version 10.20.16: Who gets thrown under the Buss Family when it goes outside the lines?

In addition to what posted at the website, we have these worth getting out there heading into the weekend:

smlakergirl-1200dpi= As long as you’re up for the Rams-Giants game Sunday morning, here’s the ESPN blurb on what’s coming up for “Outside The Lines” (6 a.m., ESPN with repeats throughout the day):
(The show) will focus on the last three years, the worst in Los Angeles Lakers history, with last season’s 17 wins an all-time low. The once-dominant franchise of late owner Jerry Buss, who won 10 NBA titles, now embarks on the post-Kobe Bryant era with its fourth head coach since Phil Jackson stepped away in 2011. Reporter Steve Delsohn’s examination of the decline of the Lakers and the turmoil at the top includes an in-depth interview with team president Jeanie Buss.
ESPN will have the interview posted on its site Thursday.

== An update on Vin Scully’s 2017 scheduled appearances in the Distinguished Speaker Series: The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center (appearing March 22) is sold out, the Pasadena Ambassador Auditorium (March 20) has less than 15 seats left, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (March 21) has less than 100 left and Beverly Hills Saban Theatre (March 19) stop has plenty to go.
The way ticket sales works: One must buy the whole series per site — they include, in this round, appearances that include Steve Martin, Diana Nyad and astronaut Scott Kelly. Some who buy the series and can’t attend all six events will post tickets for sale on the site. If you’re only interest is in the Scully appearances, check the site for ticket consignment — either resales, or request to buy just one event. Entire series tickets range from $660 to $340.

== This:

== And this, on Fox’s Joe Buck, before the Dodgers-Cubs series.

== A Washington, D.C., native, Rudy Gersten, shares a story about the anniversary of the 1988 Kirk Gibson World Series home run — and a connection to the ball itself.

== How NFL teams “skirt” the highlight video policy by using inanimate objects.

== Apparently, be careful of what NFL apps you upload on your phone. Could they be spying on you?

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College football Week 8 in the L.A. TV market: What will UCLA fans do when they see the sun?

rose-bowl-overview-landingWe chimed in last week to explain the scheduling rotation in how Pac-12 games are slotted by network and kickoff time.
As a result, UCLA must suffer the indignity of a game played under full sunlight for the first time in months. Bring plenty of tanning butter.
sunshine-3001Saturday’s contest at the Rose Bowl against Utah has a more alum-friendly 1 p.m. start on Fox (KTTV-Channel 11) with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Shannon Spake.
Just don’t get used to it heading into a bye week.
USC takes its own bye week to realign body clocks in preparation for next Thursday’s ESPN prime-time game against Cal. Arizona also takes a respite after losing its first four conference games.

The rest of the Pac-12 schedule goes this way:
= Oregon at Cal: Friday at 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti, Kris Budden)
= Colorado at Stanford: Saturday at noon, Pac-12 Network (Greg Wolf, Glenn Parker, Jill Savage)
= Oregon State at Washington: Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Cindy Brunson)
= Washington State at Arizona State: Saturday at 7 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Lewis Johnson)

The best of the rest:
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NFL Week 7 in the L.A. TV market: A 6:30 a.m. wake-up call for tea, crumpets and Keenums

1281675_ertv_tab_mainKevin Harlan and Dan Fouts got the call (Rich Gannon was scheduled to go but opted to stay home for some family reasons) for the Rams-N.Y. Giants gathering on Sunday at Twickenham Stadium in London, known more as a home to the sport of rugby.
It goes nationally on the NFL Network, as well as to the L.A. market on KCBS-Channel 2 and WCBS-Channel 2 in New York.
cac21ba88e1b4552a3ea0636afa11bc9One last minor detail: It’s a 6:30 a.m. kickoff. That translates to 2:30 p.m. in the U.K., so what’s the issue?
Oh, and the Rams give up a jolly-good home date for this honor.
Who has the edge in these kind of games, as far as travel and preparation?
“Some teams go early, some go late minute,” said Fouts, who planned on leaving from his Oregon home for the long haul on Wednesday afternoon. “Both approaches seem to work, but usually it comes down to the team with the best players still wins.”
He then laughed at the simplicity of that statement. And the fact that, at the moment, he isn’t sure which team is best: The 3-3 Rams or 3-3 Giants.
Fouts, who normally has AFC games to watch during the season, says based on last week’s games, Rams quarterback Case Keenum “reminded me of when I used to see him play at Houston, when I covered college games, and they threw the heck out of the ball. He had a lot of confidence. That’s as good as you’ll see him.”
The Rams, for those who missed it, dropped a 31-28 decision at Detroit because of a late field goal and then a Keenum pick. Prior to that, Keenum, threw for a season-best 321 yards on 27 of 32 attempts and three TDs, also setting a franchise record with 19 straight completions.
Since CBS has the doubleheader on Sunday, the net actually gets to show three games in L.A. this time, plus one more Thursday, as things map out:

= Chicago at Green Bay, 5:25 p.m., Channel 2 and NFL Network (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson)
= Rams vs. N.Y. Giants in London, 6:30 a.m., Channel 2, NFL Network (Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts)
= Oakland at Jacksonville, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green). This is the choice going to more than 75 percent of the country, over Indianapolis-Tennessee, Cleveland-Cincinnati, Miami-Buffalo or Baltimore-N.Y. Jets
= San Diego at Atlanta, 1:05 p.m., Channel 11 (Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston), going to about 25 percent of the country. Maybe a kooky choice given that the prime game is Minnesota-Philadelphia in the 10 a.m. window (Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman), going to more about 50 percent of the country. But since Fox has only once choice, it picks this L.A.-adjacent team even though it compete with a more marquee game on the other channel. Fox also skips, in the 10 a.m. slot, New Orleans-Kansas City and Washington-Detroit as well as Tampa Bay-San Francisco (1:05 p.m.)
= New England at Pittsburgh, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms). It’s the only game in CBS’ afternoon window, and everyone gets it. Except those in L.A. or San Diego who insist on sticking with the Chargers.
= Seattle at Arizona, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
= Houston at Denver, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)

Bye week: Dallas and Carolina

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