Weekly media notes version 12.01.16: Rushing to a Mt. Rushmore judgment on L.A. sportscasting royalty?

Vin Scully has a playful moment with Chick Hearn as they posed with Bob Miller for a rare photo shoot at the old Prime Ticket studios in 2000. This was one of the favorite shots that Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo passed along in his tribute to Scully recently at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth

Vin Scully has a playful moment with Chick Hearn as they posed with Bob Miller for a rare photo shoot at the old Prime Ticket studios in 2000. This was one of the favorite shots that Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo passed along in his tribute to Scully recently at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth

Following up on a column that posted Wednesday about Eric Dickerson and the media-related situation he finds himself in with the Rams, here’s what’s worth posting right here and right now:

Circling back to the column last Sunday that used Chick Hearn’s 100th birthday anniversary as a launching point to give thanks to all the Southern California play-by-play men who have made news this past year and reflect on how this changing of the guard is taking place.

Vin and Sandi Scully attend Chick Hearn's memorial service in 2002. (Michael Owen Baker/Daily News)

Vin and Sandi Scully attend Chick Hearn’s memorial service in 2002. (Michael Owen Baker/Daily News)

We connected Chick Hearn to Bob Miller, and then to Vin Scully’s and Dick Enberg’s retirement honoree tour.
If we’re chiseling out the proverbial Mt. Rushmore of SoCal sportscasters, there is of course room for only so many to get a piece of the rock.
That’s where readers chimed in for their loyalties.
Jeff White of Palmdale said he always appreciated the classic calls of Bob Starr on the Rams and Bill King on the Raiders when both teams were going head-to-head for L.A. attention decades ago. And if we’re expanding the Southern California boarder, the Padres’ Jerry Coleman deserves recognition.
There was more than one nominee for Nick Nickson, the Kings’ radio man and recent Hockey Hall of Fame honoree. And for Ross Porter, after his long run with the Dodgers and then agreeing to do games for Cal State Northridge baseball.
Then there’s perhaps the biggest unintentional bypass: Dodgers Spanish-language broadcaster and Baseball Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin, who agreed to extend his contract with the team to where he plans to soon enter his 60th, and perhaps, final season. “The Latino Vin Scully,” as a headline in The Guardian proclaimed earlier this year, is not lost on the Los Angeles landscape of the team connecting with the fanbase.
We are thankful, again, for the breadth and depth of what we have, what we once had, and what we have coming up. We embrace the idea of an extended group hug.

Scully, Hearn and Miller, at the Staples Center ceremony honoring Miller. (Getty Images)

Scully, Hearn and Miller, at the Staples Center ceremony honoring Miller. (Getty Images)

== Stu Lantz, who still keeps Hearn’s final press pass in his wallet, has almost been doing Lakers games as long without Hearn as he did with him after Hearn passed away in 2002. Lantz was very honest with our Mark Medina about his memories: “He did a remarkable job of letting me be me. We butted heads every once in a while. But that’s a part of everything. You don’t always have to agree with somebody. But you can at least respect their opinion. That’s how it turned out with Chick. He didn’t always agree with me. I didn’t always agree with him. But boy did we respect each other’s opinions. I owe quite a bit to Chick.”

== It was not lost on some listeners of Chicago’s WGN broadcast of the Kings-Blackhawks game last Saturday: As the camera focused on the Kings’ booth of Miller and Jim Fox, Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley commented about Miller’s recent heart surgery, and also made a comment about Hearn: “Chick is no longer active.” Well, sure, since Hearn passed away about 14 years ago. Foley may be familiar to those NHL followers who once tore apart former Blackhawks defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev during a broadcast that some say should have gotten him fired. A few years later, Kapovtsev was killed in a plane crash with other hockey players in Russia.

== How did Scully end up landing five minutes of interview time with host John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation”? Continue reading

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NFL Week 13 in the L.A. TV market: What a Dickerson move

Eric Dickerson, with LeRoy Ervin, during the Los Angeles Rams All-Access Gala event in the Coliseum on June 16. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

Eric Dickerson, with LeRoy Ervin, during the Los Angeles Rams All-Access Gala event in the Coliseum on June 16. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

This should be the week Fox calls an audible and hires Eric Dickerson as a game analyst.
Cue the jheri curl as everyone on the Rams curls up into a ball.
The problem is obvious: Not many would understand what he’s saying. If you watched (and tried to listen) to him when KCBS-Channel 2 bunched him up with Andrew Siciliano and Marshall Faulk on those three TV exhibition games, it’s painfully obvious. As it is when Dickerson takes to the airwaves to do interviews this week in addition to the hours he soaks up on KLAC-AM (570) for his Monday headline show.
Dickerson has had plenty of time to vent about how the Rams have wronged him. Instead, Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver are dispatched to Foxoboro, Mass., for the Rams-Patriots game on Sunday at 10 a.m., carried by KTTV-Channel 11. That broadcasting group was first exposed to this edition of the Rams in Week 9.
Fox has the doubleheader and goes rouge without considering the San Diego secondary market baloney. CBS has one of five games to pick from and it really has no other choice here but to go Raider strong.
How the weekend shakes out:

Thursday:
= Dallas at Minnesota, 5:25 p.m., Channel 4, NFL Network (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox). Expect more Cowboys-related ratings even on a weeknight.
Sunday:
= Rams at New England, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver). Because of this Rams’ commitment, Fox won’t be showing us the early Detroit-New Orleans, Philadelphia-Cincinnati or San Francisco-Chicago in this window. And because there’s more interesting in seeing if Tom Brady sets an NFL record for most career wins by a quarterback, and if Jeff Fisher moves into sole possession of No. 2 on the NFL’s list of coaching losses, this has the most at stake anyway. Some 36 percent of the nation will see it — which seems to be the highest percentage of any Rams game this year outside the Monday Night Football opener.
= Buffalo at Oakland, 1:05 p.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts). The other CBS games that can’t air here anyway because they go up against the Rams: Houston-Green Bay (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms), Kansas City-Atlanta (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green), Denver-Jacksonville and Miami-Baltimore.
= N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman). Surprise? San Diego’s home game against Tampa Bay goes to only those two home markets (5 percent of the country), knowing the Giants-Steelers (now going to 85 percent) is far too good a national matchup to have corrupted by NFL TV guidelines. Also bypassed here: Washington at Arizona.
= Carolina at Seattle, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
Monday:
= Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
Bye week (but won’t really be missed): Cleveland, Tennessee

Sunday’s DirecTV “NFL Sunday Ticket” lineup:
= Channel 705: Kansas City-Atlanta
= Channel 706: Miami-Baltimore
= Channel 707: Houston-Green Bay
= Channel 708: Denver-Jacksonville
= Channel 709: San Francisco-Chicago
= Channel 710: Philadelphia-Cincinnati
= Channel 712: Detroit-New Orleans
= Channel 714: Washington-Arizona
= Channel 716: Tampa Bay-San Diego

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College football Week 14 in the L.A. TV market: Sit ‘n’ sleep as the rankings flux

USC players sit on the bench during a 1932 game at the Coliseum.

USC players sit on the bench during a 1932 game at the Coliseum.

Southern Cal followers don’t need this spelled out for them any more, but we will any way just in case:
The team that won its last eight games and didn’t get into the Pac-12 title game could get to the Rose Bowl if:
24376= Washington does a number on Colorado in Friday’s Pac-12 title game
= Washington breaks into the Final Four of the College Football Playoff scenario (likely with Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State, as will be announced Sunday at 9 a.m. on ESPN in a four-hour presentation that also sets the bowl lineups)
= USC (the way it is properly spelled out) is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team behind Washington in that CFP final Top 25 poll. USC (9-3) goes in ranked No. 11 based on Tuesday’s announcement as the highest-posted three-loss team, moving up from No. 12 last week.
It could be a long 36-hour window of travel planning held up.
Here’s how the weekend plays out on your TV sets (with No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan not playing this weekend, but you wonder how uncomfortable that makes things when the final poll is figured out):

Friday:
= Pac-12 Championship at Santa Clara: No. 4 Washington (11-1, 8-1) vs. No. 8 Colorado (10-2, 8-1), 6 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Jenny Taft, Chris Myers). Both of their conference losses are to USC.
= Mid-American Conference Championship at Detroit: No. 17 Western Michigan (12-0, 8-0) vs. Ohio (8-4, 6-2), 4 p.m., ESPN2 (Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath)
Saturday:
= American Athletic Conference championship: Temple (9-3, 7-1) at No. 19 Navy (9-2, 7-1) in Annapolis, Md., 9 a.m., Channel 7 (Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
= Conference USA championship: Louisiana Tech (8-4, 6-2) at Western Kentucky (9-3, 7-1) in Bowling Green, Ky., 9 a.m., ESPN (Dave Pasch, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich)
= SEC championship at Atlanta: No. 1 Alabama (12-0, 8-0) vs. No. 15 Florida (8-3, 6-2), 1 p.m., Channel 2 (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)
= Mountain West Conference championship: San Diego State (9-3, 6-2) at Wyoming (8-4, 6-2) in Laramie, Wyoming, 4:45 p.m., ESPN (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)
= Atlantic Coast Conference championship at Orlando, Fla.: No. 3 Clemson (11-1, 7-1) vs. No. 23 Virginia Tech (9-3, 6-2), 5 p.m., Channel 7 (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder)
= Big Ten Championship at Indianapolis: No. 6 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2) vs. No. 7 Penn State (10-2, 8-1), 5 p.m., Channel 11 (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Shannon Spake, Chris Myers)
(Interestingly, ESPN “College GameDay” starts the day in Indianapolis at 6 a.m. before sending Herbstreit to Orlando).
== The Big 12 doesn’t have a conference title game, but does have these options Saturday:
= No. 10 Oklahoma State (9-2, 7-1) at No. 9 Oklahoma (9-2, 8-0), 9:30 a.m., Channel 11 (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Bruce Feldman)
= Kansas State (7-4, 5-3) at Texas Christian (6-5, 4-4), 9 a.m., FS1 (Aaron Goldsmith, Ben Leber)
= Baylor (6-5, 3-5) at No. 16 West Virginia (9-2, 6-2), 12:30 p.m., FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis)
Also:
= SWAC championship at Houston: Grambling vs. Alcorn State, 1 p.m., ESPNU (Eric Clemons, Jay Walker)
Dropped from the Top 25: Nebraska, Boise State, Washington State
Not playing this weekend: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan, No. 11 USC, No. 12 Florida State, No. 13 Louisville, No. 14 Auburn, No. 18 Stanford, No. 20 Utah, No. 21 LSU, No. 22 Tennessee, No. 24 Houston, No. 25 Pittsburgh

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Play It Forward: Nov. 28-Dec. 4: UCLA’s first trip to Kentucky could be a wild one

isaiah-briscoe-kentucky-v-ucla-iiwwukctxcjlOur best recollection is that UCLA invited Kentucky to Pauley Pavilion right about this time last season — a first for the Wildcats program. Ranked No. 1 in the country, John Calipari’s team with future NBA first-round picks Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere were then rudely handed a 87-77 loss by the Bruins before 12,202, many of whom streamed onto the court. It felt like some kind of Bruin payback for that 83-44 embarrassment the year before, which wasn’t even that close (UCLA had seven first-half points, remember). Plus, UCLA hadn’t defeated a No. 1 team prior to that since 2003. Thomas Welsh (21 points, 11 rebounds) was the surprising box-score leader, with Bryce Alford adding 15. In the end, that was the highlight of a UCLA season as the team lost eight of its last 10, fell below .500, and watched the Wildcats finish 27-9 before losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
This season, the 6-0 Wildcats are back at No. 1 and the 7-0 Bruins have moved up into the Top 10 after winning the Wooden Legacy and make their first trip to Lexington, Ky. (Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Channel 2, with Brad Nessler and Bill Raftery). Kentucky must first detour through the Bahamas to face Arizona State (Monday, 7 p.m., ESPN2) before taking on UCLA, which has six players averaging in double figures and hasn’t been able to display freshmen T.J. Leaf or Lonzo Ball on the national stage yet. Kentucky’s annual roster turnover sees redshirt freshman guard Malik Monk (18.7 ppg) leading the team in scoring, with freshman Isaiah Briscoe (18.0) battling some back issues.
The rest of the sports week at this link …

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Sunday media: Keeping it 100 with Chick, Vin, Bob and all of L.A.’s iconic broadcasters

wallThere’s a look at part of the wall of fame we have in our home office. The centerpiece: A signed photo of Vin Scully, Chick Hearn and Bob Miller, taken by the staff at Prime Ticket back in 2000 after the three did a sit-down interview together with Bill Macdonald.
Hearn’s 100th birthday celebration lands today. Earlier this week, David J. Halberstam took the opportunity at AwfulAnnouncing.com to compare the careers of Hearn and Scully — their approaches to broadcasting, their styles, their legacies.
From Hearn, L.A. got Miller to call games for the Kings, since Hearn was in charge of broadcasting hiring for Jack Kent Cooke’s Forum Sports organization.
How do we frame the careers of these three, plus Dick Enberg, Tom Kelly and Ralph Lawler? We asked Miller that he was thankful for this Thanksgiving Day weekend, as well as Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis, who takes over fulltime for Scully, and John Ireland, one of the successors to Hearn with the Lakers.
It’s all at this link ….

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