Weekly sports media notes version 07.07.16

Vin Scully poses with Dick Enberg on April 4 at Petco Park in San Diego prior to the season opener -- as both will be retiring at season's end. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers

Vin Scully poses with Dick Enberg on April 4 at Petco Park in San Diego prior to the season opener — as both will be retiring at season’s end. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers

Post-It worthy notes heading into this post July 4 weekend:

51trFZdGPGL== Without any specifics about the logical inclusion of Padres’ home-booth and Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg in some way, shape or form on the broadcast, Fox’s details released about its coverage of the MLB All-Star Game from San Diego on Tuesday at 5 p.m.:
= Joe Buck calls his 18th game, with first-time analyst John Smoltz. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci report from the dugouts. Pregame starts at 4 p.m. on FS1 with Kevin Burkhardt, Verducci, Pete Rose and Frank Thomas then shifts at 4:30 p.m. to Fox Channel 11.
Fox Sports San Diego, available on some cable and dish systems, also has specials running this week, including a Tony Gwynn tribute (Friday, 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 p.m. and Monday, 8 p.m.)
= The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Enberg, retiring this season after doing the last seven years with the Padres doing games on Fox Sports San Diego, will “tell All-Star stories” for the broadcast, including the Tony Gwynn meeting with Ted Williams at Boston in 1999.
= ESPN’s coverage of Monday’s Home Run Derby at 5 p.m. has Chris Berman joined by Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza. This could be the last one for Berman. On ESPN Radio, John Schambi and Chris Singleton describe it.
= The MLB Network has the All Star Future Game on Sunday at 4 p.m. from Petco Park in San Diego.

== This week in Vin Scully-related prose:
vinringer= A series called “The Undeniables” on TheRinger.com has editor Brian Curtis making a case that “Vinny from Brooklyn” is as much a part of shaping the careers of New York natives like Al Michaels, Charley Steiner and Marv Albert as anyone. And Curtis discussed that with those three in his podcast.
= Daily Breeze columnist Mike Waldner introduces the Scully perspective through the eyes of Aaron Charlton, a STATS, Inc. research analyst from Manhattan Beach who supplies information during games to baseball and basketball broadcast teams at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.
“A play-by-play guy who is unsure of himself a lot of times is a guy who is snarky to you because they need so much help,” he said.
Scully and snarky never appear in the same sentence.
“I’d say Vin is probably the best,” Charlton said.
= A two-part interview that Baltimore Orioles play-by-play man Gary Thorne did with Scully for MASN.
= The Dodgers-Orioles game on July 4 allowed Scully to do another history lesson that MLB.com captured. And it led to this tweet:

And this one:

= And Sandy Koufax in the house on Saturday, July 2, for the Old Times Game allowed Scully to tell his personal scouting report of the left-hander back in the early ’50s.
= The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood includes Rob Moore, vice chairman at Paramount Pictures. All on the list were asked who their “dream lunch date” would be. Said Moore:  “Vin Scully, who never helped fulfill my dream of being a Dodgers announcer.”
= “What if papal statements had play-by-play like baseball?” asked John Allen, in a piece he wrote for the Catholic-based Crux. Allen’s scenario includes: Insert a Vin Scully promo for Farmer John sausage at your next parish picnic here.

== Dodgers road game broadcaster Joe Davis, on maternity leave after the Father’s Day birth of his first child, is back in the Fox rotation for the FS1 coverage of the New York Yankees at Cleveland on Saturday at 1 p.m., working with Cliff Floyd. The pregame has Kevin Burkhardt with Eric Karros and Frank Thomas.
The rest of the Fox schedule includes Channel 11 airing the Dodgers-Padres game from Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 4 p.m. with Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal, even though it only goes to 16 percent of the country on a regional basis. Most will get the Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh (50 percent, with Len Kasper and CJ Nitkowski) or Washington at the N.Y. Mets (33 percent, with Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci and Jon Paul Morosi).

== ESPN says it has added the Dodgers’ July 24 game in St. Louis to its Sunday Night Baseball prime-time package with a 5 p.m. start. It will be the Dodgers’ sixth Sunday night game this season and the fourth for the Cardinals. They also met on Sunday, May 15, for ESPN at Dodger Stadium.

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Joe Jares: 1937-2016 — Daily News editor and columnist, SI staff writer, USC journalism professor, author

Joe Jares, right, with wife Suzy, from a recent re-release of his book, "Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George."

Joe Jares, right, with wife Suzy, at the 2015 USC Athletic Hall of Fame induction.

Joe Jares, a former Los Angeles Daily News sports editor and columnist in the 1980s and ‘90s who spent more than 15 years at Sports Illustrated, died Saturday night in Los Angeles. He was 78.

A general-assignment reporter at the Los Angeles Times as well as a writer for United Press International and the Los Angeles Herald-Express before joining SI, Jares covered more than 20 different sports, specializing in tennis and college basketball.

bookjaresHe authored nine sports-related books during his career, topped off by the popular 1974 “Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George,” an affectionate history of pro wrestling from the 1940s to the ‘60s. Sports Illustrated ranked it at No. 76 on its list of the “Top 100 Sports Books of All Time” in 2002.

The book was inspired by Jares’ father, Frank, a pro wrestler best known as “The Thing,” a villain among the ranks of performers in that time.

“In his prime, Pop was just a shade under six feet tall and weighed 230 pounds with short brown hair, a neck like a steel pillar, big biceps and ears much more like cauliflowers than rose pedals,” Jares wrote in the book. “Most people can fold their ears in half, but Pop’s seem to be made of solid gristle and will not bend more than half an inch. He had, and still has, rather full lips and prominent cheekbones, a Slavic countenance that would fit perfectly in a Warsaw union meeting or the Notre Dame line.

“His wrestling stage name was Brother Frank, the Mormon Mauler from Provo, Utah, but really he was just Frankie Jares from northside Pittsburgh, the son of a Bohemian butcher from Czechoslovakia and a U.S-born mother, also Bohemian. … Naturally, he grew up to be a tough guy, but something of a gentle, tough guy. He spanked me only twice in my life. Even though he traveled a lot, I thought I knew him, but I actually did not know him well at all until I spent one summer with him in Tennessee and Alabama – the summer of 1956.”

Joe Jares, third from left, joins the 2015 USC Athletic Hall of Fame class that included Pete Carroll.

Joe Jares, third from left, joins the 2015 USC Athletic Hall of Fame class that included Harold Miner (fifth from left) and Pete Carroll (back row, second from right)

In addition to writing at SI (1965-1981) and writing and editing at the Daily News (1982-2002), Jares became a prominent professor at the School of Journalism for his alma mater, USC, during the 1980s. He graduated in 1959 as a Phi Beta Kappa. The former Daily Trojan sports editor also played on the freshman basketball team at USC after graduating from Hamilton High School in L.A. For his coverage of the university over his career, he was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

One of his favorite USC-related pieces for SI was in October, 1968 called “Life in a Jock House,” about Trojans athletes who were members of his Kappa Alpha chapter in the 1950s – football standouts Jon Arnett, Ernie Zampese and twins Marlin and Mike McKeever, golfer Al Geiberger and swimmer Chuck Bittick.

Upon the passing of John Wooden in 2010, Jares wrote a special column for the Daily News about the legendary UCLA coach that included: “He was an idol to many long before he won his first NCAA championship 16 years into his UCLA tenure. I grew up in West L.A. when a ‘Johnny Wooden’ haircut (shaved sides, flat top) was cool and there was no better place to get one than at the Blue ‘n’ Gold barbershop in Westwood (slogan: ‘We’ve been trimming Bruins for over 40 years’).”

In 2011, Jares also did a special piece for SI for their series, “The Best Team I Ever Covered,” about the 1968 UCLA Bruins basketball team. In that, he wrote: “Watching John Wooden, Lew Alcindor and the Bruins roll to the NCAA title that season — their second straight and fourth in five years — was made more delicious because the Bruins were not perfect. They actually lost a game, and not just any game, but a contest played before the biggest crowd in the history of the sport.

“(Full disclosure here: I went to USC, UCLA’s bitter crosstown rival, and was a starting forward on the 1955-56 frosh basketball team that lost four times to the ‘Brubabes.’ Did this cause me discomfort in covering Bruin triumphs? Not at all. I wanted to report on the big stories. Also, I’m not above sleeping with the enemy — my wife is a UCLA graduate.)”

jaresmugAmong the other books Jares wrote was “Conquest: A Cavalcade of USC Football” in 1981 with coach John Robinson; “Clyde,” with New York Knicks star Walt Frazier;  “Basketball: The American Game,” and “The Athlete’s Body” with Ken Sprague. His last was “The Golden Age of College Tennis” in 2009 with former USC coach George Toley.

When Jares left Sports Illustrated in the early 1980s to join the L.A. Daily News staff, longtime columnist Dennis McCarthy said it brought the paper “class and credibility … We finally had a guy on our Triple-A team with major league talent and credentials.

“When you wrote something good, he was the first guy to let you know. When you bombed, he was the first guy to let you know. If they’ve got a broadsheet up in heaven, they just got themselves one hell of an editor/writer.”

Jares, who battled recent lung disease as well as pneumonia, is survived by his wife, Suzy, as well as two daughters, Hayley and Julie, a granddaughter Emma and grandson Noah. Services are pending.

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Weekly media sports notes version 06.30.16

Illustration by Jim Thompson/https://thompsonsportsart.com

Illustration by Jim Thompson/https://thompsonsportsart.com

What’s worth posting now as June swoons into the Fourth of July weekend:

== Our plan is for a Sunday media appreciation on the sports broadcasting career of Tom Kelly, most associated as the voice of USC sports who died this week just days before his 89th birthday. The story we already posted on it, as well as a piece that current USC play-by-play man Pete Arbogast posted on the Southern California Sports Broadcasters blog.
Included in that post:
“Last time I saw him was at a Southern California Sportscasters luncheon at Lakeside Country Club just before Father’s Day last year. Impeccably dressed as always he seemed like the fun, irascible and bombastic man we’ve all come to know and love. “People used to come up to me and call me ‘Mr. Arbogast,’ and I would deflect that honor to my father, until he passed away. They also like to call me ‘The Voice of the Trojans.’
To me, there will always be only one of those.”

== Not long after Time Warner Cable SportsNet did not announce the departure of Dave Miller as a Lakers studio analyst, the company revealed today through its Charter Cable  parent company that Mike Bresnahan, who has spent the last 12 years as a Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, will join the network as its exclusive “Lakers Insider.” It’s a revolving role he has been part of since the network launched in October, 2012.
Bresnahan’s tweet on the matter.

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Tom Kelly: 1927-2016

Tom Kelly, right, at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters 2014 Awards Luncheon, with current USC broadcaster Pete Arbogast.

Tom Kelly, right, at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters 2013 Awards Luncheon, with current USC broadcaster Pete Arbogast.

Tom Kelly, the signature voice of USC sports starting in the early 1960s and spanning five decades, died Monday morning at his home in Encino after a long battle with cancer.
Kelly died two days before his 89th birthday Wednesday.
“He was one of the most inspirational broadcasters to me personally that I have ever met,” said Chris Roberts, the recently retired voice of UCLA sports after 23 years and current president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters group.
“He was always encouraging and positive.  He used to say, ‘Hang in there, kid.'”
More at this link.
51O7LXCFJkL== The 2007 book we did with Kelly on his life in broadcasting, updated in 2012.
== Our interview with him early in 2007 about why he was no longer calling USC games.

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Sunday media: The book on heckling, and what the heck we aim to gain from it

A fan with a Dodgers jersey and the name "Problems" wearing No. 99, took advantage of the Dodgers' 2014 expansion of the areas behind the bullpens during a Dodgers-Angels Freeway Series.

A fan with a Dodgers jersey and the name “Problems” wearing No. 99, took advantage of the Dodgers’ 2014 expansion of the areas behind the bullpens during a Dodgers-Angels Freeway Series. And we were there to capture it.

Dodger Stadium was recently renovated to allow fans better access around the entire park — which included putting tables and chairs beyond the bullpen back walls, and planting a full bar nearby.
It seems to be all but asking patrons to have a drink and start heckling the relief pitchers as they warm up – home or visiting team.
9781493024513With the Dodgers this year, it does work both ways.
“I think teams are responding more to people who want to interact more with players and not feel so detached,” said Kevin Nelson, author of the book, “The Official Heckler Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Offending and Irritating the Enemy.”
“And that’s what a heckler can do – knock down that invisible wall between them and the field. And it’s mostly for the good.”
If done correctly. And with the proper intention.
One of the greatest heckles we ever heard at a game: The 2003 Orange Bowl in Miami between USC and Iowa. The Hawkeyes took the lead by running back the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Eventually, the Trojans broke open a 10-10 halftime tie with four consecutive touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter. The game was effectively done and the crowd was just quietly waiting for the scoreboard to click off the remaining time when a fan stood up and yelled: “Attention: There is a tractor in the parking lot with its lights on. Iowa license plate: E-I-E-I-O.”
It worked on many levels, enough to where the Iowa fans in the area could have a laugh as well about it.
What made that particular one work, and one remembered all these years later?
We get more into that aspect, and why it seems Los Angeles lacks a signature sports heckler in these times of YouTube stardom, with this week’s media column effort. Hopefully, you’ll find it at this link. If not you have every reason to start berating our professionalism.

Another form of heckling -- stitched into a scarf -- was on display during the U.S.-Argentina Copa America soccer game in Houston this week. What's the point again?

Another form of heckling — stitched into a scarf — was on display during the U.S.-Argentina Copa America soccer game in Houston this week. What’s the point again?


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