College football Week 13 in the L.A. TV market: A bleak UCLA predicament on Black Friday

We’ve seen the stories suggesting ways to navigate Black Friday 2017.
We have a few more particular to UCLA fans who plan to attend Friday night’s game against Cal:
* Discount coupons will be not be honored for any purchase of a new head football coach.
* Do not arrive at the Rose Bowl before dawn expecting to bust any doors down for early tailgating. There will be nobody to let you in the parking lots.
* Bring comfortable flip-flops, sunscreen and sunglasses for the hours before 5 p.m.. If you can not afford sunglasses, some free ones may be provided by basketball team members.
* Bring heavy blankets, ear muffs and mittens for the hours after 5 p.m. If you can not afford any of these, stop by Dicks Sporting Goods to take advantage of Black Friday sales.
* A bowl-eligible Victory No. 6 will come at a cost. Be prepared to overpay.

All rankings from the latest College Football Playoff poll:

THE LOCALS (with No. 11 USC (10-2, 8-1) in a bye week)
* UCLA (5-6, 3-5) vs. Cal (5-6, 2-6) at the Rose Bowl, Friday, 7:30 p.m., FS1 (Chris Myers, Evan Moore)
In the latest bowl projections by Sports Illustrated, Cal wins and goes to the Heart of Dallas Bowl on the Tuesday after Christmas, meaning UCLA stays home. The latest guesses at has Cal staying home and UCLA’s win putting it in either the Dec. 20 Frisco Bowl or Dec. 23 Birmingham Bowl, both which smell of desperation.

* Arizona (7-4, 5-3) at Arizona State (6-5, 5-3), Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Roxy Bernstein, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)
ASU’s Todd Graham is reportedly “coaching for his job” in this Territorial Cup. The home team has won the last four meetings. Arizona leads the overall series, 49-40-1.
* Oregon State (1-10, 0-8) at Oregon (6-5, 3-5), Saturday, 4 p.m., ESPN2 (Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Alex Corddry)
The Ducks lead the Civil War, 63-4-10, but lost the matchup last year.
* No. 13 Washington State (9-2, 6-2) at No. 17 Washington (9-2, 6-2), Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Bruce Feldman)
The Huskies could win 10 games and have no dibs on the Pac-12 North because one of its two losses was to Stanford in Week 11 on 11/11.
* No. 21 Stanford (8-3, 7-2) vs. No. 8 Notre Dame, Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 7 (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor)
The Cardinal could fall out of the Top 25 after this but still win the Pac-12 North. Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be the first time this year that the Irish embarrass a Pac-12 foe.
* Colorado (5-6, 2-6) at Utah (5-6, 2-6), 7 p.m., FS1 (Guy Haberman, Petros Papadakis)
Each seeks a bowl-eligible sixth win, but both have lost two in a row. The Buffaloes have lost six of their last eight and the Utes have lost six of their last seven. Why would any deserve a bowl, then?

* Mississippi at No. 14 Mississippi State, 4:30 p.m., ESPN (Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy, Laura Rutledge) Continue reading “College football Week 13 in the L.A. TV market: A bleak UCLA predicament on Black Friday” »

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NFL Week 11 in the L.A. TV market: Rams at least don’t have to worry about Carolina getting intel

A few things come into play here the week before we are encouraged by tradition to tear apart a turkey:

== Greg Olsen may not be a spy, but it would appear as if he’s playing one on TV this weekend.
The Carolina Panthers three-time Pro Bowl tight end has the week off, and he’s on injured reserve with a broken foot.
So as long as he’s sitting around, Fox asked if he’d like to join the TV booth for the regional coverage of the Rams-Vikings game in Minnesota this Sunday.
Great move, unless you’re the Vikings, and play the Panthers on Dec. 10.
Or, as Charley Waters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote: “Fox Sports has had the audacity — or ignorance — to allow a current NFL player to be a game analyst during a bye week for an opponent his team is still to play this season.”
More at this link …

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College Football Week 12 in the L.A. TV market: No USC-UCLA ‘GameDay’ … uh, sure … enjoy Badgerville, Wisc.

It’s not as if USC, or UCLA, or USC vs. UCLA, needs any extra validation.
But a visit this week by ESPN “College GameDay” … it would have been pretty bitchin’. …
Listen, there’s all kinds of shade we can throw on ESPN right about now. Like, we actually and literally can not even believe “GameDay” would pass on L.A. Maybe you’re just trying to stay away from gluten right now. Or you don’t tan well this time of year.
We should let Blake Griffin go Red Bull all over them:

More at this link ….


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NFL Week 10 in the L.A. TV market: Another overindulgent Sunday with Rams, Chargers bending the rules

You ran this obtuse Fox-CBS dueling doubleheader drill back in Weeks 4 and 5, and now it repeats here in Weeks 10 and 11.
The bottom line is that while either Fox or CBS takes its turn as the network with the scheduled double-header, the opposing network gets both the Rams’ and Chargers’ games as direct competition.
Making some even more squeamish is how KCAL-Channel 9 and KCOP-Channel 13 come into play again.
Both the Chargers at Jacksonville game at 10 a.m. and the Rams’ playing host to Houston at 1:05 p.m. are logically CBS AFC-road-team games, but because the rules stipulate that the entire game has to air in a home-team’s market, and the early game could go long into overtime, there has to be a contingency plan. Last time, it was the Chargers dumped onto Channel 9, but this time, it’s the Rams. Once the Chargers-Jags game end, the Rams-Texans will also air on Channel 2, but to assure there’s no overlap, it starts on Channel 9 and stays there as a simulcast the rest of the way for those too lazy to change.
Next Sunday, the Chargers-Buffalo and Rams-Minnesota games are both on Fox network stations, with Fox spill-over KCOP Channel 13 taking the start of the Chargers’ contest at 10 a.m. and the Rams beginning as scheduled on KTTV Channel 11.

Vin Scully, left, called NFL games for CBS with John Madden as one of his partners in 1981.  Scully worked for CBS on the NFL from 1975-82.

== Vin Scully made it onto ESPN’s home page by vowing to never watch and NFL game again, and Al Michaels’s attempt to explain the NFL’s frustrations over player protests going on during the National Anthem also got some traction.
As a result, there’s plenty of blowback for Scully (aside from this headline, which solidifies our vow to never read the website again) and even more for Michaels.
The media’s role in all this: Stay on point. Don’t allow other media members to misread the intent of the players’ protesting, even if those with agendas want to take things with other narratives.
Wrote the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ann Killion:
I’ve always been a fan of Vin Scully. Thought he personified class and quiet dignity. So it was very disappointing to hear Scully misrepresent the anthem protests, telling an audience on Saturday night that he would never watch an NFL game again, because of his “overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war.”
As anyone following the story knows, the protests are a statement against racial inequality and police brutality, and they have nothing to do with the military.
I wonder what Jackie Robinson, whose games Scully was privileged to broadcast, would think about his old friend’s stance.
In his 1972 memoir, Robinson wrote: “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.”

== Last Sunday’s numbers: The Rams’ game at the N.Y. Giants (a 10 a.m. kickoff on KTTV-Channel 11) did a 7.1 rating and 18 share in L.A., with an average of 532,000 viewers. It was probably never going to challenge the NBC early evening Raiders-Dolphins game (5:30 p.m., KNBC Channel 4), which had a 10.3 rating/18 share and 832,000 average. But it should have logically topped the Chiefs-Cowboys game (1:25 p.m., KCBS Channel 2), which had a 9.1 rating/ 21 share and average of 733,000.
The Broncos-Eagles game, on KCBS Channel 2 opposite the Rams-Giants at 10 a.m., still managed a 3.9 rating/10 share, and 313,000 average.

== Which leads us to this weekend and includes your five-game Sunday: Continue reading “NFL Week 10 in the L.A. TV market: Another overindulgent Sunday with Rams, Chargers bending the rules” »

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College Football Week 11 in the L.A. TV market: The Buffering Game for USC, UCLA … again

We interrupt CFB Week 11 with an update on CFB Week 12:
Blame the TV gods, Larry Scott and the Sooner Schooner — all equally — for not allowing you the common courtesy of revealing a kickoff time for the annual USC-UCLA game at the Coliseum that will allow you to plan your day accordingly.
The only thing we know for sure is that it’ll happen on Nov. 18, with about a seven-hour variance of kickoff times.
Because ESPN and Fox need to see how everything else falls apart in Week 11, there’s only so much that can be determined before Week 12.
ESPN/ABC has the first pick, and is supposed to do so by Monday.
The pecking order goes:
= 12:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN or 5 p.m. on ABC,
= 5 p.m.on Fox KTTV Channel 11 or 1 p.m. on FS1,
= 7:30 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. on ESPN,
And if all else fails:
= 4 p.m. on Pac-12 Network
The only saving grace is they won’t consider anything before noon, or after 8 p.m.
And we haven’t even factored in the Fox Business Network, which apparently now comes into play.
The other Pac-12 games that day for ESPN/Fox consideration: Arizona-Oregon, Utah-Washington and Cal-Stanford (with Arizona State-Oregon State already relegated to the Pac-12 Net at noon).
The other games of national importance are puzzle pieces: Oklahoma-Kansas, Illinois-Ohio State, Nebraska-Penn State, TCU-Texas Tech, Michigan-Wisconsin, Kansas State-Oklahoma State, Iowa State-Baylor, Mississippi State-Arkansas, Iowa-Purdue, Maryland-Michigan State, LSU-Tennessee, Texas A&M-Mississippi and a few others involving unranked teams with national branding.
Notre Dame is home that day and locked into NBC. CBS’ SEC options likely focus on Georgia (hosting Kentucky), Mississippi State (hosting Arkansas) or LSU (at Tennessee)
We’ve done this limbo dance before and we find ourselves less and less flexible as the years roll on.
In fact, it happened to USC, for that matter, on its Nov. 4 Homecoming game against Arizona last Saturday, with the notice of the 7:45 p.m. kickoff not coming until Sunday morning, Oct. 29.
We’re not even going take a calculated guess as to what will happen here, but only point out there is no real marquee, must-see game that Saturday begging to be put into the ABC prime-time slot.
What’s fair? Not stringing the fans along. What’s the reality? Fans get strung along, whimpering every so slightly, but trying to show they understand the process.
The more right-fee holders grabbing games out of a bag, the more complicated this remains.

Now, to finish off Week 11 with updated College Football Playoff committee rankings:

* No. 11 USC (8-2, 6-1) at Colorado (5-5, 2-5), Saturday at 1 p.m., Channel 11 (Tim
Brando, Spencer Tillman, Holly Sonders)
* UCLA (4-5, 2-4) vs. Arizona State (5-4, 4-2) at the Rose Bowl, 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)

* Washington (8-1, 5-1) at Stanford (6-3, 5-2), Friday at 7:30 p.m., FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich and Petros Papadakis)
* No. 9 Washington State (8-2, 5-2) at Utah (5-4, 2-4), Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net (JB Long, Anthony Herron, Lewis Johnson)
* Oregon State (1-8, 0-6) at Arizona (6-3, 4-2), Saturday at 7 p.m., ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
Bye: Cal (5-5, 2-5) and Oregon (5-5, 2-5)

(ESPN College GameDay will be in Miami prior to the Notre Dame-Miami game Saturday. There are also more replays this week of the ESPN documentary “Catholics vs. Convicts” from 2016, including Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU and Saturday at 3 a.m. on ESPN2) Continue reading “College Football Week 11 in the L.A. TV market: The Buffering Game for USC, UCLA … again” »

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