USC athletic director Lynn Swann and his foursome take their clubs and head down one of the Coliseum tunnels to reach the next hole platform to tee off during their round of golf Thursday at the Trojan football home field.
Lynn Swann pulled a 6-iron out of his golf bag and aimed between the west goal posts on the Coliseum floor.
From where the USC athletic director stood, on a platform high above Tunnel 15, he could easily use the Olympic torch at the peristyle end of the stadium as a sight line. What in the name of Al Geiberger was Swann, a new member of Augusta National, hoping to achieve at this moment?
“I’m not hitting a full 6,” Swann said, looking down at marked target listed as 152 yards away, or where maybe the 40-yard line might be if the football field had been drawn up. “Just trying to get it out there and roll it toward that blue flag.” More at this link…
== This week in Vin Scully stuff:
= He is to receive something they’re calling the Icon Award at The ESPYs ceremony at The Microsoft Theater in LA Live on Wednesday (airs tape delayed on Channel 7 at 8 p.m., with actor Bryan Cranston making the speech … see Cranston’s recollections of growing up listening to Scully in this Sept., 2016 story). Scully says he will make a brief appearance at the ceremony.
= He will be live at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday at 8 p.m. to narrate “Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Coplan as part of the performance by conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. (He returns to also do it on Tuesday, July 18). = He will be one of three inducted — with Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker and Charles Schultz’ creation Charlie Brown — at the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals ceremony on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the 150-seat Donald R. Wright Auditorium in the Pasadena Central Library. Scully will not be in attendance for this event — he will be inducted in a speech given by former L.A. Daily News Dodgers beat writer Lisa Nehus Saxon.
As Scully told us today: “I had great respect and admiration for Lisa as we made the baseball rounds together. It was never easy for her to work in such a male-orientated workplace but she did beautifully and I was very proud of her and everything she accomplished. I feel very fortunate to have her as my friend.” Uecker will be inducted by former Dodgers outfielder Jay Johnstone, and Charlie Brown will be represented by Charles Schultz’s son, Craig. Free admission. More info at this link.
== ESPN says its coverage of the Home Run Derby on Monday was the most-watched in L.A. since records were kept in 1999 — it helped having Cody Bellinger in the semifinal against Aaron Judge. But L.A.’s 6.0 rating was still just 13th overall in the list of markets with the best viewership. New York (10.8) was also an all-time high for that market, but it was second overall to the 13.6 posted by the Kansas City market. San Diego was 20th at 5.5.
Overall, the 8.689 million viewers nationally was up 55 percent from last year (includes ESPN, the ESPN2 Spanish-language simulcast, ESPN Deportes and all streaming). ESPN also said it triple its Hispanic audience from last year.
Eric Tracy has a new appreciation for extra innings.
Before he joined a group of friends at Dodger Stadium to take in the Dodgers-Royals game late Friday afternoon, he had another three-hour immunotherapy session at City Of Hope in Duarte. It’s part of the new prescribed route that the 66-year-old former Dodgers’ pre- and postgame host in the ’80s and ’90s at KABC/790 takes now.
Doctors at the renowned cancer-treatment center gave him a 3- to 9-month window of survival in October 2016. Cancer that had already been treated with radiation and chemotherapy at the base of his tongue starting last summer, taking away all his salivary glands, had moved to his lungs in the form of seven tumors. More at this link …
How to create your own social experiment: The next time you’re shifting around in your seat tying to watch a game at Dodger Stadium or Angel Stadium, and some late-arriving cluster of fans who fumble around with their printed-out tickets, maybe even contend that someone else is in their seats before realizing they’re lost, and end up blocking your view for what seems to be an eternity, raise your voice at them.
C’mon, we can’t see the game. You pick the volume of protest that least (or most) offends those you came to the game with.
Maybe this is where Newton’s third law comes in, about an equal and opposite reaction. The response could be a) pretend to ignore you, b) a sheepish pained smile, c) a defensive ;posture, maybe even a little snippy, about how they paid the same for these tickets just like you did, and/or d) an apology. Why this even comes on our radar is because we ran flush into an usher at Petco Park in San Diego the other night, and in a profound moment of calibrating the situation, we were embarrassed by our behavior.
As we were about to stroll down an aisle in the middle of a Dodgers-Padres game, this cat with the straw hat was like the third-base coach giving us the “hold up” sign. Literally, it was a sign, implying that people below would really appreciate it if we took action to not interrupt the action.
It’s common sense and perhaps uncommon courtesy. And we need a sign to remind us of this? These days, perhaps.
So you’d think those who run Dodger Stadium or Angel Stadium might have the same impetus to promote fan experience/decorum? Is that not showing up on season-seat holder surveys? Or are they simply crazed enough by the boldness/cluelessness of the person two rows down who stands up just as Clayton Kershaw is about to deliver a pitch so they can take a selfie with him in the background?
We put it out on social media and because the impressions and engagements were substantial, here’s what we got (with editing as needed): More at this link …
Notes to post head into the weekend before Sunday’s weekly media column:
We found it a lot curious — but considering he Dodgers own the channel and hire the broadcasters, it probably shouldn’t be that odd — that SportsNet L.A. on-air talent openly campaigned (and seemed to almost shame) Dodgers viewers to put in a vote or 35 for third baseman Justin Turner during the extended fan vote for the final spot on the NL and AL All-Star teams. Voting ends Thursday.
What’s more is that during Tuesday’s July 4 SNLA broadcast, there was Alanna Rizzo, in the “#VoteJT” T-shirt, using air quotes to allow Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen to clarify comments he made because “I think some people took it out of context” about how he clearly said Dodgers fans were to blame for the lack of any Dodgers being voted in as one of the eight NL starters. Several days ago in San Diego, Jansen said: “I’m sorry Dodgers’ fans. I’ll say it loud and clear. It’s the Dodgers fans’ fault. We should have voted for those two guys. They should be starters.”
What part was taken out of context, the “loud” or the “clear”?