Sports media notes version 02.15.17: The Dottie Pepper plan for Riviera rain

As we are entrenched in coverage all week from Riviera Country Club for the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open, we still want to get caught up for the media weekend — starting with our front-burner events:

Dottie Pepper, having put in a full season as a course reporter for CBS, was prepared for whatever might happen during the network PGA Tour coverage last weekend at Pebble Beach — the rain went away, and it turned out to be a relatively beautiful Saturday and Sunday, and she avoided getting lifted up and tossed into a bunker again by Bill Murray.
Like everyone headed out to Riviera this weekend, she’s been apprised of the wet and cold weather forecasts, and again will come prepared.
She must, for survival’s sake.
In addition to the network-issued Adidas attire, she says she will have a Gore-Tex bucket hat, Sealskinz stretch-dry socks (long, not short) and won’t worry about carrying an umbrella.
Just like going to the High Sierras for a December weekend picnic during a snowstorm.
“If your top and bottom are dry, that’s how you survive,” the former LPGA star admitted  Wednesday. “I learned that from playing. The umbrella is just too much for me to handle on top of holding a microphone and a yardage book.”
That’s the Pepper always-be-prepared plan, also based on local knowledge when she covered the 2010 event while working at NBC and “it poured buckets.”
It’s also her experience that “when the weather is bad, the guy who is willing to take all that Mother Nature can throw at him and still do it one better” will have the right mindset to survive the elements, just as Jordan Spieth did last week at Pebble Beach during the first two rounds.
“Riviera is a place that seems to be best for the ballstrikers who can carry the ball a long way and control it,” she said. “And with what they are expecting, it’ll also be someone who lets that water fall off a duck’s back.”
Pepper and Peter Kostis will have the CBS course duties on Saturday (noon-to-3 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-to-3:30 p.m.), with the usual network crew of high-and-dry Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo (18th tower), Ian Baker-Finch (17th hole) and Gary McCord (16th hole).
As it happened last week when weather delayed the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, things could extended either day on either the CBS affiliate, KCBS-Channel 2, or on Golf Channel each day.
Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer, Steve Milton is the direcotr and Harold Bryant is executive producer for the CBS coverage.
Faldo, who won his last PGA Tour title at Riviera 20 years ago, has this Q&A about the course and his memories with

== Terry Gannon, David Duval and Matt Gogel are the main broadcast team with on-course reporters Jim Gallagher Jr., Aaron Olberholser and Todd Lewis for Golf Channel’s live coverage of the Genesis Open starting with runs of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, with replays from 4-to-8 p.m. each night. Add to that the extended pre- and post-round coverage on Golf Central, including the live tournament windows that Golf Channel has on Saturday and Sunday from 10-to-11:30 a.m.


== Ted  Robinson, Mike Montgomery and Lewis Johnson are on the Pac-12 Network call of USC at UCLA from Pauley Pavilion, Saturday at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Sports media notes version 02.15.17: The Dottie Pepper plan for Riviera rain” »

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Bob Miller update: He’ll sit out the rest of this month and re-evaluate

Kings Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller will take a break from the team’s next eight games through the end this month as he continues to recuperate from a recent mild stroke.
Miller, 78, said he will reassess his health with the team executives to see how they can proceed through the last two months of the regular season.
Ralph Strangis, who has done five games this year as a fill in for Miller on Kings’ road trips, will be paired with Jim Fox for four home and three road games on Fox Sports West between Feb. 16-28. A game in Minnesota on Feb. 27 is an NBCSN broadcast.
“I’m just waiting for more test results from the cardiologist and have more appointments schedule, so I’ll see how things go and take it from there,” Miller said Monday.
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Sunday media: NHRA isn’t pumping the breaks on its TV partnership with Fox

Camera operator Steve Heinz is able to capture footage at the starting line for the NHRA Winternationals at Pomona on Saturday. (Credit: Amanda Busick/NHRA)

Even with its stellar track record, television and technology has its limits when trying to play catch up to National Hot Rod Association.
“It’s a five-sense sport – so is there a way to convey the smell or even the taste of the burnt rubber that’s in your clothes?” asked Frank Wilson, Fox Sports’ vice president of production for motorsports.
Vibrating La-Z-Boy recliners with nitro-scented air fresheners? Crank the volume up to a hundred-and-eleven?
Give Fox and the NHRA enough time, money and creativity, and Pomona could be the gritty petri dish for some high-end sensory overload experimentation.
The weekend’s Winternationals at the Fairplex Auto Club Raceway, leading into a three-hour live presentation on Fox’s national network Sunday afternoon, re-calibrates the next set of milestones.
A sport that has traditionally seen its TV presentation of four-second bursts bundled into a tape-delayed, heavily edited production, often airing hours after the event ended and everyone took out their earplugs, is shifting gears and already seeing results.
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It’s Out of the Question: So you’ve got to second base … when do you score?

Former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer is credited with coming up with the all-time line: “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”
Joe Torre could be the guy who decides that in baseball, and perhaps in life, getting to second base just got a lot easier.
As pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week, they’ll no doubt be asked to throw out an answer to one of the most silly questions just raised this offseason.
Before the MLB even considers doing away with the Designated Hitter, they’ll discuss a theory that, should a game go past the 10th inning still tied and fans in the stands and watching on TV have become far too bored, a designated runner could be put at second base at the start of each team’s at-bat with the end game of ending the game quicker.
This isn’t just cuing up “purists’ outrage,” as a New York Times headline wants to frame this. It’s not a George Will issue, nor is it the will of the people.
Pure and simple, it’s about who wants to see another outcome predicated on another gimmick?
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Sports media notes version 02.08.17: Enberg, Walton converge at Pauley Pavilion

Jiggs McDonald speaks to the crowd during the Kings’ home opener last October, part of the ceremony in celebration of the franchise’s 50th anniversary. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

In addition to this mid-week column about Jiggs McDonald calling the Kings-Panthers game for Fox Sports West on Thursday, we have gathered these notes prior to the weekend:

== Last month, the N.Y. Islanders brought McDonald back to honor him and also thank him for filling in on games after his 2004 retirement. That ended up allowing McDonald to call an NHL game for 50 straight seasons – even though McDonald knew he was doing this Kings-Panthers game back in September.
The last game he called involving the Kings came in the 2003-04 season, when they made a trip to Sunrise, Fla.
“I’ve probably kept up with the Kings more than the Panthers lately,” he said. “I want to concentrate on the Kings so I recognize their lines, their power plays, getting injured players back.
“I’ve always said, ‘Don’t let me embarrass myself and don’t let me embarrass the game by hanging around,’ and if anything happens in respect to my health or my memory or a lack of identifying the team that has the puck, I’d take my leave and say thank you very much.
“I do know the broadcast booth at Sunrise is pretty far to the ice surface, so I just have to remember to watch the monitors.”

== Bob Miller, when asked for his favorite Jiggs McDonald story, relayed this one:
“In his first season with the Kings, at training camp in Guelph, Ontario, owner Jack Kent Cooke told him to find a restaurant that would feed the Kings three meals day for $10.  Jiggs finally found a guy who said he would do it for $10.25. Jiggs thought Cooke would be pleased.
“Cooke said to him, ‘Dear boy, do you know the value of a quarter?’ No wonder Jiggs left for Atlanta.”

== McDonald will be the sixth play-by-play man that Kings analyst Jim Fox has worked with this season on a TV broadcast — he’s been with Miller, Gary Thorne, Chris Cuthbert and Ralph Strangis on FSW games, as well as with Randy Hahn for a Kings-Sharks game carried on NBCSN.
“There’s always an adjustment to make to the play-by-play man’s cadence and flow and energy, but I have to defer to him because he’s the lead guy no matter who it is and then just play off that,” said Fox, in his 26th season as a broadcaster, coming straight into the booth upon his 1990 retirement and joining Miller.
“When you’ve worked as long as I have with Bob, I don’t have to watch him but can just listen to him to know when it’s time for me to jump in. With each new partner, I just have to formulate a plan on when to speak, and sometimes it means I get a little more conservative as we try to feel each other out.”


== At some moment in the second half of UCLA’s college basketball game against Oregon at Pauley Pavilion (Thursday, 7 p.m.), Dick Enberg and Bill Walton will share a broadcast table.
Oh, m … you fill in the rest.
Since UCLA is honoring its former play-by-play man with a pre-game and halftime ceremony, someone thought it would be fitting that Enberg get to be on the ESPN telecast with Walton and Dave Pasch.
Enberg, who turned 82 last month, called eight of UCLA’s 11 national championship seasons in the 1960s and ’70s and is famous for the KTLA-Channel 5 late-night tape-delayed telecasts. After a long career at NBC, CBS and ESPN, covering every major event, he decided to retire from a five-year job he had with the San Diego Padres and move onto new adventures.
But first, a flashback to his days following John Wooden’s wonder years in Westwood.
“It will freshen many wonderful memories — nine years flying solo on KTLA,” said Enberg. “How fortunate. That may never happen again.”
Enberg has worked with Walton before during NBC’s March Madness coverage as well as inviting him into the Padres’ baseball booth before (see video above). Enberg doesn’t expect to get any favors thrown his way by the former Bruins star.
“Knowing Bill, it will be more of an eulogy than a basketball conversation,” said Enberg.
In addition to the TV appearance, Enberg is also scheduled to join Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray on the UCLA radio broadcast (570-AM) in the first half.
Students attending the game will also be handed an “Oh My!” Enberg T-shirt.
Pasch and Walton also have the Cal-Arizona game Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 this week.

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