Kings broadcaster Bob Miller, in the Staples Center media room before a game between the Kings and the Detroit Red Wings on January 5. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
Kings Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller, at his West Hills home since Wednesday after he was released from the hospital for treatment of a mild stroke, said Friday he plans to meet soon with team officials to discuss how to move forward with his ability to call games.
“A lot has happened in the last 12 months, and you just are concerned about getting on a plane and having something happen at 35,000 feet,” said Miller. “We will take it day by day and see what’s going on.”
Miller, who had four-way heart bypass surgery in Feb., 2016, said he will eventually meet with team senior vice president of communications and broadcasting Mike Altieri and president of business operations Luc Robitalle. More on the story at this link…
“Some have called it an unprecedented television event, others have called it a desperate ploy to increase sagging ratings,” sideline reporter Fred Roggin says as he looks into the camera as the XFL tried to revamp a few elements — like more cheerleaders — during Week 6 of their 2001 season. As things kept unraveling, it fed into the narrative in a new documentary “This Was The XFL” on ESPN airing Thursday. (Photo: ESPN)
The XFL touched us all in so many inappropriate ways.
Hatched by the WWE’s Vince McMahon and co-facilitated in a complete lapse of judgment by NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol, it lasted as a TV mess from February to May, 2001.
The reason any of this comes up is that Charlie Ebersol, the 34-year-old son of Dick and an L.A.-based reality TV show producer, decided to direct and co-produce an hour-plus long documentary about it, “This Was The XFL,” which ESPN will air Thursday night at 6 p.m. (with reairs on Super Bowl Sunday at 4 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 5 p.m., and also available starting Thursday night on WatchESPN).
True enough, and pointed out triumphantly here at the very end of the doc, the only real XFL legacy left is how TV cameras now cover NFL and college games in more video-game type format with overhead cables and hand-held steady cams. That kind of stuff was bound to happen once Fox Sports came aboard in the mid 1990s and was already starting its own revolution with on-screen time-and-score graphics and digital first-down markers.
A league that far over-hyped and embarrassingly under-delivered as a league, a TV product and something that devolved from the human mind, for whatever reasons it wants to give now, is the charitable focus of our mid-week media column at this link. …
If Sunday’s Super Bowl LI gets out of hand — and based on the way the NFL playoffs have played out to this point, it’s a distinct possibility — Fox might want to keep a copy of that Green Bay-Dallas 34-31 divisional game from Jan. 15 ready to load up. The playoffs so far have produced 10 games where the winner has an average margin of victory of 15.7 points, up from 11.3 last year.
Begging isn’t pretty either, but Victor Mather of the New York Times seemed to be OK with it when he wrote recently: “With the comfortable 19- and 23-point margins of victory in the conference championship games, the playoffs so far have underwhelmed viewers hoping for exciting finishes.
“Is it too much to ask for a competitive Super Bowl LI?”
New England and Atlanta, who kick it off at 3:30 p.m. on Fox, seem to present the best chance of it happening. More of the week ahead at this link
Bob Miller, the Kings’ 78-year-old Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster, suffered a mild stroke Saturday and watched Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game from a USC Keck Hospital room TV, the team said.
Miller was admitted Saturday afternoon when he reported to Staples Center to work on a Fox Sports West All-Star broadcast and did not feel well.
A team statement said Miller “is under the care of a team of specialized physicians and he is doing well and is in good spirits.” More info at this link …
Harnarayan Singh shows Wayne Gretzky the small sweater he used to wear as a child in Western Canada.
It was one of those Bollywood-meets-Hollywood power lunch moments. Harnarayan Singh, Bhupinder Hundal and Randip Janda, the core of the “Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi” crew, just flew in from Vancouver on Friday morning for the weekend’s NHL All-Star Game festivities.
They took up a booth at Ford’s Filling Station Restaurant in L.A. Live’s JW Marriott and were working on a vegetarian mushroom and spinach pizza when, amidst autograph seekers buzzing the hotel lobby, someone recognized them.
“I just wanted to say hi, and let you know my sons are huge fans of yours on Instagram … Ty, where are you?” Wayne Gretzky said, now feeling somewhat abandoned after going out on that limb to introduce himself.
Whatever words that Singh, Hundal and Janda could come up with right then, there was nothing lost in translation. More at this link …