Weekly media notes version 01.12.17: What’s your POV of SBLI?

In addition to a column on Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo that posted today at DailyNews.com/sports, we have these notes of the week worth posting:


== Virtual reality, drones and 3D holograms are just some of the new-tech ways to make viewers feel as if they’re watching a sporting event from a new perspective, but it really depends on your point of view.
Exactly as Fox wants, as it officially announced Thursday a POV perspective technology that it will implement during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Houston that’s unlike anything ever shown during a live TV sporting event.
“(Former UCLA and NFL quarterback and current Fox game analyst) Troy Aikman saw this and said it’s the closest thing he’s ever seen that makes you feel as if you’re inside a helmet during a game,” said Fox Sports chief Eric Shanks during a media event in Pasadena on Wednesday.
Shanks said the Fox Sports Lab has been testing the Intel technology out all year in San Francisco and what they’re calling “Be The Player” allows a viewer to see a perspective from any player on the field without having a camera physically attached to them or their helmet.
“We tasked Intel to push their amazing Intel 360 Replay technology to the limit of what it could do, using their array of cameras circling the stadium to synthesize a player’s view on the field,” said Michael Davies, Fox Sports SVP of Field & Technical Operations, in a press release.“The cameras, backed up by a huge bank of Intel computing power, allow a moment to be recreated in 3D space, so that a ‘virtual camera’ can be placed at the player’s eye line — not unlike how limitless camera views can be created in video games.
“From the beginning, seeing and breaking down the play from the player’s point of view is the undiscovered country of sports broadcasting. This broadcast enhancement is like no other — it literally brings the audience down to the viewpoint of the player at the critical decision-making moment. What other choices did he have?  Was his sight blocked?   It all looks much different from field level, and can assist our announcers in describing what actually happened on the field.”
Here’s a sample of what it will look like as a replay/educational feature during a game.
And a version of the story from a Boston angle.

== Now that we’re past the not-so-wild wildcard round, the schedule again for the NFL divisional playoff weekend:
= Seattle at Atlanta, 1:30 p.m., Channel 11 (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch)
= Houston at New England, 5:15 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)
= Green Bay at Dallas, 1:40 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)
= Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth) Update: This was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. but was moved back by the NFL because of weather factors that gives the city more time to clear roads of snow.

Buck and Aikman have the noon NFC Championship for Fox on Jan. 22 with Nantz and Simms on the AFC Championship for CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Buck and Aikman are on the 51st Super Bowl on Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.

== Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the first “Super Bowl,” as it wasn’t called — the Jan. 15, 1967 NFL-AFL title game from the Coliseum that NBC and CBS jointly covered. What do you recall about watching it — or, if you lived in L.A., attempting to watch it through the blackout. Send your responses to thoffarth@scng.com. Thanks.

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Play It Forward Jan. 9-15: Jalen Hurts plays like DeShaun Watson, but has some Jamelle Holieway, too

3f18c92c-jaken-hurts-600x338Jalen Hurts certainly didn’t hurt the Alabama in its season-opening win against USC in early September. Three drives into the game at Arlington, Tex., coming in to replace redshirt freshman Blane Barnett, the 18-year-old Hurts completed 6-for-11 passing for 118 yards and a couple of touchdowns and also ran for two scores in the 52-6 victory.
Barnett, the former No. 1 high school QB recruit out of Santiago High in Corona, left the team five games into the season (ending up at Arizona State) when it was apparent he lost his job. Hurts, 227 of 351 passing for 2,649 yards and 22 touchdowns against nine interceptions, plus 891 yards rushing in 181 carries for 12 TDs, earned the spot. And as it stands now for the 14-0 Crimson Tide, ranked No. 1 and about to face No. 2 Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Monday, 5 p.m., ESPN), Hurts can become only the second true freshman QB to lead his team to a national title.
The last time it happened was in 1985 with Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway, fresh off the campus of Banning High in Wilmington. But Holieway had some time to adjust. He ran Barry Switzer’s Wishbone only after sophomore starter Troy Aikman broke his leg in Week 4 during a loss against Miami (yes, Aikman then transferred to UCLA when it was apparent that Holieway had the job, capped off by a 15-point win over No. 1 Penn State in the Orange Bowl).
“”I love the kid,” Holieway told ESPN this week. “He doesn’t break under pressure. He keeps his cool. He makes plays when he needs to, and gets the ball to his playmakers.”
We’ll have to see there are any hurt feels with Hurts about the departure of offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who recruited Hurts out of Channelview, Tex. Instead, another ex-USC head coach, Steve Sarkisian, will be sending in the signals.
More about the week’s worth of events at this link …

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Sunday media: Raiders’ La La Land bump on TV ‘can be misleading’ contends Amy Trask

10904917_1000116993350001_1731805741_n-850x560The wall shall be constructed appropriately, with old twisted TV antennas and rusted-out satellite dishes, stacked as high as the rooftops, all bound together with high-speed cable. If more materials are needed, submit a requisition to your local provider, which has that secret discretionary account from all those monthly surcharges for those who add extra regional sports channels.
If L.A. NFL fans build this barrier around the perimeter of the city, do the Chargers dare come?
The nuts and Bolts in all this suggest that, along with the Rams, this is about to be a two-team pro football town again, co-tenants in Stanley Kroenke’s Inglewood Wal-Mart/Performing Arts Center. We could know as soon as this week.
Two runners-up for the price of one major TV headache.
There’s more at this link …

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It’s Out of the Question: Maybe we find him on the ‘Kiff Cam’?

ar-170109683-jpgmaxh400maxw667Where might Lane Kiffin soft-serve Alabama best Monday night as the Crimson Tide goes after its second consecutive college football national title without their no-offense-taken offensive coordinator?
A) Weasel his way into the Raymond James Stadium assistant coaches’ suite and make play-call suggestions to best pal Steve Sarkisian between bites of a hero sandwich?
B) Wrangle his way into the ESPN broadcast booth with the intention of getting his own “Kiff Cam” platform in the “Megacast” coverage — he will mumble X’s and O’s into a plastic-coated sheet of paper placed in front of his face and fans at home can guess along which complex play he would have just sent in to mess with his 18-year-old freshman QB?
C) Whimper his way into the Boca Raton-adjacent Dave & Busters, take a booster seat into a booth with his new box of Crayolas and adult coloring book and try not make eye contact with 90-year-old boosters as he turns his new Florida Atlantic visor around and sneaks peeks at flat-screen TVs near the air-hockey tables?
More at this link. …

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In an L.A. TV world of Raiders, Rams and Chargers, who wins? We know who loses

imagesIn a perfect NFL TV world for Los Angeles, the Rams drag tail back to St. Louis even as Stan Kroenke builds a new stadium in Inglewood, the league finances a facility in San Diego to keep the Chargers anchored, and the Raiders detour past Las Vegas and pull up the Winnebago right down the street from the Hollywood Park Casino.

But then the Chargers appear to be on the precipice of messing this all up. The nuts and Bolts in all this suggest L.A. fans get more screwed up.

If a two-team combo ends up sandwiching L.A.’s NFL schedule in the fall of 2017, the city will be on double secret probation lock-down mode as far as a lack of choice for best-available games. Unless the NFL offers some leniency to the KCBS and KTTV affiliates, or some somehow the Raiders break things open. Continue reading

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