The 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 …
Where 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. …
In 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 →
A New Year’s Resolution: Let broadcasters determine their own legacy. Our commentary isn’t needed.
Except, maybe, in these two cases.
Exhibit A: It was a noble gesture by ESPN to bring 88-year-old Keith Jackson into the Rose Bowl booth during Monday’s telecast of the USC-Penn State contest, seeing as how the facility is known now as the Keith Jackson Broadcast Center (since 2015). It gave Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit a couple of precious moments to pay homage to him.
And then they asked him to talk. Continue reading →
ESPN investigative reporter TJ Quinn sent out a tweet recently: “Maybe in 2017 I’ll get some idea of why people seem to ignore real conspiracies and cling to false ones. But I’m guessing not.”
That’s worth investigating.
Some find it difficult to hold certain post-truths to be self-evident. From our experience, we still hold on to the theory — conspiracy or not — that when some know-it-all produces a list of predictions, the opposite tends to happen.
Taking what we know about the sports media world, throwing in trends, timing and Tarot cards, this is our best guess as to what’s about to unfold over the next 12 months: The Dodgers’ SportsNet LA has full coverage by Opening Day?
Common sense has come into play here, but egos took a huge hit when the U.S. Department of Justice filed a surprising lawsuit last November against AT&T, the current caretaker of DirecTV.
It has “game changer” written all over it. But is this really the end game? More at this link.