Weekly media notes version 02.04.16: The non-Super Bowl edition

(Above: Jim Fox and Brian Hayward get together on a Kings/Ducks telecast from 2012. As Hayward pulled out his Stanley Cup ring, he said he wasn’t sure if the Kings were ready to win one of their own. They did a few months after this aired. As well as 2014, when they defeated the Ducks in the playoffs).

The Super Bowl 50 related notes come sooner or later this afternoon.
But now, we’ve got these to pass on:

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

== As NBCSN grabbed the Kings-Ducks game from Staples Center for its coverage at 7 p.m. tonight, the network also saw it fitting to have the Kings’ Jim Fox take his usual Fox Sports West TV booth seat and work as the analyst with play-by-play man Gord Miller, who does most of his work at TSN in Canada. Also, the Ducks’ longtime Prime Ticket analyst Brian Hayward will serve as the “Inside The Glass” reporter.
hqdefaultIt’s the first time Fox and Hayward have ever done a game together, and NBC folks say they believe it’s the first time they’ve paired “rival” broadcasters on a national telecast of an NHL game.
“I understand and commend NBC for thinking market-related it would even be possible to do this,” said Fox this morning. “I think it’s fair to say the Kings and Ducks broadcasts are very different in style and focus and that probably won’t come through (tonight) because we are in very different roles. I probably won’t have the same Telestrator or be on during intermissions. But no one knows the Ducks like Brian and if can say the same about me with the Kings, so it will be a very well-rounded broadcast.”
Fox did one game for NBC last season — the Kings’ last game of the year against San Jose, working with Sharks’ play-by-play man Randy Hahn. Heyward has worked for several years on NBC regional NHL games.
_mgl5506Of course, much of Fox’s thoughts will also be with Kings’ 77-year-old Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Miller, who underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery on Tuesday and is said by all measures to be recovering well. Miller is supposed to have a five-day stay at Cedars Sinai Hospital before going home.
“I understand for Bob that it’s not a ‘Get Well Soon’ situation — it’s just get well,” said Fox, who has been getting updates from Miller’s wife, Judy, as well as the team. “There is no need for him to rush back. If all goes normal, I would expect him back at the end of the season (in April) and the playoffs. It’s not something were you get an X-ray and you’re back in six-to-eight weeks. The shock to the body has to be incredible.
“As I do this game, I think most people will agree that the broadcast Bob and I do (with the Kings) is objective, so this (NBC) assignment isn’t a huge adjustment. If anyone puts a label on us, it’s that we do a game ‘down the middle,’ which goes back to how Bob has always set the tone for the broadcast. The viewers may know who we may want to win, but it’s Bob who has always been as objective as possible for a local broadcast.”

CaF5yG8UsAAl1OA== The postscript to NBCSN’s coverage of Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game was that it drew 1.595 million viewers (a 0.9 rating) and peaked in the 3:30-3:45 p.m. PT at 1.89 million. That’s the most who’ve ever seen this exhibition on the network. Los Angeles, which gets the event in 2017, tied for ninth with the best TV market rating at 1.6. Buffalo and Pittsburgh were tops at 3.7.
And big ups to NBCSN for capturing this moment when All-Star Game MVP John Scott was congratulated by Chris Sutter, the son of Kings coach and Pacific Division coach Darryl Sutter, at the end of the telecast.

rpndex== Cal State Northridge will soon announce that former Dodgers play-by-play man Ross Porter will be involved in broadcasting Matadors’ baseball games this spring on the CSUN Sports Network.
The first CSUN game will be Friday, Feb. 19 against Cal State Bakersfield. Brandon Marcus, who will also share in calling CSUN baseball and softball this season, will join the 77-year-old Porter on that first broadcast. Porter will do 18 of the 28 CSUN home games this spring
More details to come …

== College basketball on the radar this weekend:
USC1920jpg-3746299_768x432= Ted Robinson and Don MacLean have UCLA at USC from Galen Center, tonight at 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network.
= Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams have Pepperdine playing host to Portland, tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
= Beth Mowins and Brad Daugherty have Gonzaga at Pepperdine for ESPN2 on Saturday at 9 p.m.
= A wildcard: Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Maria Taylor have ESPN2’s coverage of No. 1 UConn at No. 2 South Carolina on Monday. That’s women’s basketball if you didn’t read between the lines.

== Why North Carolina coach Roy Williams isn’t fond of ESPN guys talk about “green room” players. What does that even mean?

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Dodger Stadium land, long before it was Dodger Stadium

A programming alert: KCET continues a TV documentary series “Lost LA” tonight with an episode focused on the surroundings of Dodger Stadium and the Elysian Hills called “Before The Dodgers.”
This piece of land known as Mount Lookout was raised up by tectonic forces and carved into deep ravines by the ancient precursor of the Los Angeles River. Long before residents moved into Chavez Ravine — and were then moved out in the 1950s –it was a region inhabited by Tongva Indians, a California tribe also known as the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians, to escape the flooding.
The piece debuts tonight at 8:30 p.m. with replays at 10 p.m. and midnight, as well as Friday (8:30 p.m. and midnight). To find KCET on your system, check this out.
“Lost L.A.” will also stream on KCET.org/LOSTLA
One other gem revealed in this piece by filmmakers Ben Sax, Javier Barboza and Amy Lee Ketchum: Did you know the parking lot was shaped like a giant baseball glove?
Here’s another exclusive snippet:

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Play It Forward Feb. 1-7: The New(ton) and the old (Manning) meet up for Super Bowl 50

(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

THIS WEEK’S BEST BETS:
SUPER BOWL 50
Details/TV: At Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Sunday at 3:15 p.m., Channel 2
Peyton Manning in a commercial for Papa John's PizzaYo, pizza man. How’s your delivery this Super Bowl Sunday? Peyton Manning supposedly told New England coach Bill Belichick after the recent AFC title game that “this might be my last rodeo.” The implication is that Manning’s Super Bowl appearance could also be the last time we see him in a Broncos uniform – kind of like what John Elway pulled on us years ago. Denver (14-4) didn’t really get this far because of the 39-year-old Manning, but almost in spite of him as he missed a batch of games with a foot injury before coming back in the last regular-season game, and then leading the team to a pair of playoff wins. Carolina (17-1), meanwhile, relied heavily on Cam Newton’s legs and arm – and swagger.
CYIdsGHWQAApTgVThe Manning-Newton show will be the headline grabber. They are No. 1 overall NFL picks – the first time a Super Bowl has featured that — yet more than 13 years apart in age, and maybe more in perception. This isn’t just a preference of cardboard pizza over some healthy Greek yogurt. Newton has already taken ownership of the storyline that he’s not really embraced by national fans of the game, saying: “I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.” Manning, who won Super Bowl XLI with Indianapolis nine year ago, can be compared his younger brother, Eli, who already has two Super Bowl rings. Their pocket-passing technique somehow survives. “It seems like every year they say the pocket passer is a dying breed,” he said when asked about it. “I kept saying, ‘I hope that’s not true. I will be out of a job and my brother will be pretty close behind me.’ ”

In this Nov. 27, 2011, photo, injured Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning meets with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after a game in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

In this Nov. 27, 2011, photo, injured Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning meets with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after a game in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

ALSO THIS WEEK:
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UCLA at USC
Details/TV: At Galen Center, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network

USC's Jordan McLaughlin gets around UCLA's Tony Parker during the Trojans win at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC’s Jordan McLaughlin gets around UCLA’s Tony Parker during the Trojans win at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The Trojans’ impressive 89-75 triumph over the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion ended a six-game losing streak to their rivals and was highlighted by freshman Chimezie Metu (Lawndale High) going inside on Thomas Welsh and scoring 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting and taking eight rebounds. That was all coming off the bench. The Trojans also shot 45 percent from the arch (9 of 20) while UCLA was just 21 percent (4 of 19, including Bryce Alford’s 1-for-6 effort). UCLA only had Tony Parker (27 points and 12 rebounds) to brag about. But that could be different now. Parker came off the bench last Saturday when the Bruins (13-9, 4-5) tried a new look against Washington State, allowing sophomore Jonah Bolden to start instead. The Trojans (17-5, 6-3), who should be back in the Top 25 this week, are trying to build on their 13-0 Galen Center record so far this year.

THE REST OF THE WEEK
Wednesday is set aside for national signing day — when high school football players officially make their college choices … The Kings and Ducks meet at Staples Center for Round 2 of the season series on Thursday (7 p.m., NBCSN) … More at this link

 

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Sunday media: At 91, Jack Whitaker’s frame of reference remains important

Jack Whitaker, center, who did play-by-play of what it referred to now as Super Bowl I, discusses that game along with Super Bowl 50 broadcasters Phil Simms, left, and Jim Nantz while in Pasadena recently. (Francis Specker/CBS)

Jack Whitaker, center, who did play-by-play of what it referred to now as Super Bowl I, discusses that game along with Super Bowl 50 broadcasters Phil Simms, left, and Jim Nantz while in Pasadena recently. (Francis Specker/CBS)

If it’s simple perspective you need, Jack Whitaker can still bring it.
At age 91, he offers just a few words, perhaps a sentence or two. There’s no need for stanzas within an opus. That might be more a function of his current physical limitations, but this legendary TV essayist was never one to waste his breath anyway.
Spending his retirement in Rancho Mirage, Whitaker accepted an invitation from CBS’ Super Bowl 50 crew to come to Pasadena recently.
WhitSizeRenderThe network had a glitzy promotional presentation to make before a mass of TV writers, trumpeting all its plans for the game coverage, along the extended pre-game, and all the special post-game programming afterward. Whitaker could be used, it was thought, as someone not to flout his fame, but more to provide a frame of reference.
Because, remember, Whitaker did the second-half play-by-play of the 1967 “World Championship Game” from the L.A. Coliseum. Very few today even recall that situation.

More on this column at this link …

 

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It’s Out of the Question: Just a ‘stuff happens’ moment for Blake Griffin? OK, sure …

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Jim Thompson/www.sportsbronze.com

Funny thing, Don MacLean was talking on the radio the other day about an embarrassing incident he had once during his early NBA days.
More than 20 years ago, the former Simi Valley High and UCLA basketball star was in his third season with the Washington Bullets, but on the injured list with a left quad injury and had missed a couple weeks’ worth of games.
He was coming out of a restaurant one night and ended up punching someone – right in the face. He looked down and figured out his right hand was broken.
He wasn’t feeling really smart at that moment.
blake.jpgAny of that sound familiar, Blake Griffin?
And the moral of the story, from MacLean’s perspective: “Sometimes you get put in bad situations. I’m not going to say what a dumb thing it was and how stupid he is because I did the same kind of thing at the same age he is now.”
Leave it to the rest of us to caption this thing in its proper form, then. Is there a proper emoji that Griffin should be texting to DeAndre Jordan right about now?
More on these and other questions of the week at this link …

 

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