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 TheBigLead.com, 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.”

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

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It’s Out of the Question: Couldn’t see how Lockte’s TV DNA wouldn’t lead to episode of “Liar’s Club”?

Ryan Lochte, after winning a heat of the men's 200-meter IM during the Rio Olympics on  Aug. 10.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Ryan Lochte, after winning a heat of the men’s 200-meter IM during the Rio Olympics on Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

C’mon, you don’t remember that E! reality show that somehow showed up right after the 2012 Summer Olympics?
The one called “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?”
Do yourself a favor. Don’t look it up.
There’s no spoiler alert. You know now what he would, and could, and did, do.
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Weekly sports media notes version 08.18.16: NBC, Rio is in Lochte-down mode

Journalists surround the car transporting American Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz, center, sitting in the front passenger seat, and Jack Conger, in backseat not seen, outside a police station where they were going to provide testimony in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. The two were taken off their flight from Brazil to the U.S. on Wednesday by local authorities amid an investigation into a reported robbery targeting Ryan Lochte and his teammates. A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

Journalists surround the car transporting American Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz, center, sitting in the front passenger seat, and Jack Conger, in backseat not seen, outside a police station where they were to provide testimony in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. The two were taken off their flight from Brazil to the U.S. on Wednesday amid an investigation into a reported robbery targeting Ryan Lochte and his teammates. A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

We’ve apparently reached the point in Rio 2016 when the media is trying to catch itself from drifting out of its lane.
Having already needing to check with its accountants and its better judgment as to what resources it has to devote to the athletes who are winning medals, lodging protests, tripping over hurdles and belly-flopping off the high dive, we now have Ryan Lochte taken every other part of Rio as a “news” hostage.
Where have you gone, Jim McKay? Replaced, apparently, by Deadspin.
NBC’s resources are pretty vast and fast in this department, and through one sector or another it can blanket this better than anyone and then construct a nifty package out of it, between those long lulls at the track stadium where another shot of Usain Bolt loitering under the stands without getting arrested.
article-2710814-1430DC3F000005DC-383_634x914But as the clock struck 10 p.m. during Wednesday night’s prime-time coverage, one could easily read the smirk developing on the faces of NBC’s Bob Costas and Matt Lauer, interviewing each other, as they tried to credibly report on what seems to be known about the four U.S. swimmers sticking to their stories about being robbed at gunpoint on Sunday.
Anne Thompson of NBC News got dragged into this to lay out (complete with some suspenseful background music that seemed to be taken from NBC’s “48 Hours”) on why Rio authorities had “serious doubts” about Lochte’s side of the story, which all seemed very sincere as he explained it earlier on the beach to NBC non-reporter Billy Bush (who actually helped feed him some lines in the story to repeat).
Costas, couching all this as “something that has to do with public relations as much as possible criminality,” then pulled in reporter Gadi Schwartz at the Rio airport and, eventually, Lauer, in a sequence that looked like something out of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”
Next up: Brian Williams, NBC’s Legal Obfuscation Correspondent, unless he’s still shadowing Justin Gatlin.
As a Mary Carillo’s piece on finding the real “girl of Ipanema” came a short time later Wednesday put Costas in a much better mood, NBC will stay all over this and continue to be sidetracked by this like everyone else as new information becomes available from gas station attendants.
When covering large court cases, the media often relies on a pool reporter to talk to the key people and then share it. Here, NBC is about the best pool reporter we have everything that happens outside the pool for Lochte and his pals.
Even as NBC reporters on Thursday morning were trying to recreate the “gas station incident” that has now surfaced with some computer-generated visuals.
This all seems to play into the Lochte narrative, going back to when he did a reality show called “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” and got some stellar reviews.
The water-logged truth is out there. Just don’t drown in the details. Floaties optional.

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