Sports media notes version 01.19.17: Another chapter unfolds in Jim Bouton’s ‘Ball Four’ story

IMG_7410If a fire, earthquake, flood or another insane Act of God ever threatened the foundation of my home, and there appeared to be just a couple of minutes to grab some prized possessions before bolting out the door, I’d spend more than a few seconds contemplating how many of the seven hard- and paper-back editions of Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” books  could be carried out with care.
They have maintained an esteemed spot on the book shelf over the decades. Most of them are personally signed.
There are mix emotions reading that that Bouton’s family has decided to sell off a collection of the quirky materials he used to take notes on during the writing process involved in the 1970 classic — not just cassette tapes, but notes taken on air-sickness bags from airplanes, napkins, cereal boxes, index cards, whatever was available.
But more disheartening is to also read that the 77-year-old Bouton suffered a recent stroke and is unable to correspond well — something I fully appreciated in a back-and-fourth of emails correspondences over the years. And something that just seems impossible based on his personality and curiosity about life and society.
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Sunday media: On the 50th anniversary of the first ‘Super Bowl,’ you remembered …

From the Feb. 11, 1967 issue of "The Beat" produced by KRLA, the 1110-AM rock station in L.A. (http://krlabeat.sakionline.net/issue/11feb67.pdf)

From the Feb. 11, 1967 issue of “The Beat” produced by KRLA, the 1110-AM rock station in L.A. (http://krlabeat.sakionline.net/issue/11feb67.pdf)

Some of Sunday’s media column marking the 50th anniversary of the NFL-AFL championship played at the Coliseum on Jan. 15, 1967 includes remembrances from those who saw the game.
Or try not to misremember things they saw that day versus things they’ve seen in video and film and photographs since then.
doityourselfI was just a 5-year-old, not sure I even knew how to operate the black-and-white TV at our L.A. home with the needle nosed pliers fully engaged in changing the channels.
In addition to those in the column, we have these submissions:

== Lance Barrow, CBS Sports producer who has been the producer of four Super Bowl broadcasts and part of another eight as an assistant to Pat Summerall:

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It’s Out of the Question: Two NFL deplorables for the price of one?

NEW LALALANDRemember that scene in the movie “La La Land,” where the Rams’ magnificent mascot, Rampage, trips the night fantastic in a flamboyant ballroom dance number with the Chargers’ macho mascot, Boltman?
They drift across the starlit sky above the Griffith Park Observatory, observing everything and nothing wrong about what they’re doing.
All loosely based on a true horror story.
City of stars, are you shining for the NFL?
City of stars, two deplorables now — what the hell?

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Friday media: Take my picture, Jon SooHoo

Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Jon SooHoo might have been in the comfort zone of family, friends and admirers. But in a strange way, he was also struggling with an image problem.

There are so many images he’s taken and processed through his camera lens over the years – on film, on slides, now digitally, since working for the Dodgers the last 32 years after graduating from USC – that it takes him many additional hours to compile the best of them when asked to make a group presentation.

Jon SooHoo talks about his work as he's being photographed at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California meeting on Wednesday night.

Jon SooHoo talks about his work as he’s being photographed at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California meeting on Wednesday night.

Picture this: More than 100 gathered at the Castelar Elementary School auditorium for the monthly meeting of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California on Wednesday night. It was special not just for the opportunity to soak in the highlights of SooHoo’s career that has resulted in thousands of impactful shots from Rose Bowls, Super Bowls, Lakers, Kings and Clippers as well as from a Space Shuttle launch in Florida.

But as SooHoo fielded questions from the audience after the showing four slideshows put to music, there was an abundance of pride at the way the SooHoo legacy continues to carry importance in the community.

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Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo during a press conference at Dodger Stadium, Wednesday. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo during a press conference at Dodger Stadium, Wednesday. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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Weekly media notes version 01.12.17: What’s your POV of SBLI?

In addition to a column on Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo that posted today at DailyNews.com/sports, we have these notes of the week worth posting:

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== Virtual reality, drones and 3D holograms are just some of the new-tech ways to make viewers feel as if they’re watching a sporting event from a new perspective, but it really depends on your point of view.
Exactly as Fox wants, as it officially announced Thursday a POV perspective technology that it will implement during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Houston that’s unlike anything ever shown during a live TV sporting event.
“(Former UCLA and NFL quarterback and current Fox game analyst) Troy Aikman saw this and said it’s the closest thing he’s ever seen that makes you feel as if you’re inside a helmet during a game,” said Fox Sports chief Eric Shanks during a media event in Pasadena on Wednesday.
Shanks said the Fox Sports Lab has been testing the Intel technology out all year in San Francisco and what they’re calling “Be The Player” allows a viewer to see a perspective from any player on the field without having a camera physically attached to them or their helmet.
“We tasked Intel to push their amazing Intel 360 Replay technology to the limit of what it could do, using their array of cameras circling the stadium to synthesize a player’s view on the field,” said Michael Davies, Fox Sports SVP of Field & Technical Operations, in a press release.“The cameras, backed up by a huge bank of Intel computing power, allow a moment to be recreated in 3D space, so that a ‘virtual camera’ can be placed at the player’s eye line — not unlike how limitless camera views can be created in video games.
“From the beginning, seeing and breaking down the play from the player’s point of view is the undiscovered country of sports broadcasting. This broadcast enhancement is like no other — it literally brings the audience down to the viewpoint of the player at the critical decision-making moment. What other choices did he have?  Was his sight blocked?   It all looks much different from field level, and can assist our announcers in describing what actually happened on the field.”
Here’s a sample of what it will look like as a replay/educational feature during a game.
And a version of the story from a Boston angle.

== Now that we’re past the not-so-wild wildcard round, the schedule again for the NFL divisional playoff weekend:
Saturday:
= Seattle at Atlanta, 1:30 p.m., Channel 11 (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch)
= Houston at New England, 5:15 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)
Sunday:
= Green Bay at Dallas, 1:40 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)
= Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth) Update: This was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. but was moved back by the NFL because of weather factors that gives the city more time to clear roads of snow.

Buck and Aikman have the noon NFC Championship for Fox on Jan. 22 with Nantz and Simms on the AFC Championship for CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Buck and Aikman are on the 51st Super Bowl on Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.

== Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the first “Super Bowl,” as it wasn’t called — the Jan. 15, 1967 NFL-AFL title game from the Coliseum that NBC and CBS jointly covered. What do you recall about watching it — or, if you lived in L.A., attempting to watch it through the blackout. Send your responses to thoffarth@scng.com. Thanks.

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