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ABC Takes a Power Failure Lightly

September 14, 2003|Larry Stewart | Times Staff Writer

A week earlier, nothing was funny about a power failure that caused ABC to miss the final two minutes of the UCLA-Colorado game.

But on Saturday, ABC had some fun with it.

During halftime of the Michigan-Notre Dame game, when ABC went to Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts at the Rose Bowl to promote the upcoming UCLA-Illinois game, Jackson and Fouts were in the TV complex, making sure everything was wired properly.

"Think it will work, Dan?" Jackson said.

Fouts: "I think it will work now."

Maybe they should have been at the Coliseum, where Fox Sports Net had transmission problems in the second quarter of the USC-Hawaii game.

Trivia time: Who was the heaviest soccer goalie and how much did he weigh?

The inside story: Britain's ITV network plans a one-hour special entitled "David Beckham's Body Parts." Executive producer Bill Jones told Broadcast magazine, "It is a scientific look at each part of Beckham's anatomy to assess its worth and uniqueness."

Suggests Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle, "Isn't it about time for a similar documentary on Anna Kournikova?"

By the book: Speaking of Beckham, Associated Press reports the English soccer star unveiled his autobiography, "My Side," on Friday, describing it as "a nice story, from my heart."

"Everything here is the truth and people will like reading it," Beckham said at the swanky Ritz hotel in Madrid.

Can you say "Booyah?" You might have noticed an ad in Friday's Times Sports section announcing that ESPN is searching the country for a "SportsCenter" anchor.

Well, get this: ESPN, never at a loss when it comes to promoting itself, will turn the search into a five-part reality series called "Dream Job," to be aired starting in February.

Big job: What does it take to turn the Home Depot Center stadium tennis court at Cal State Dominguez Hills into a beach volleyball court?

Would you believe 2,000 tons of sand?

The AVP beach volleyball Grand Slam Olympic qualifier will be played there Thursday through Sunday.

Makes sense: Mark and Brian, on their KLOS radio show, said, "Now we know why L.A. doesn't have an NFL team. If we had one, San Diego would want one too."

Trivia answer: According to "The Guinness Book of World Records," England's Willie "Fatty" Foulke, who played in the 1900s, weighed 311 pounds.

And finally: He Hate Me is now a member of the Carolina Panthers' special teams. Last Sunday against Jacksonville, the former XFL player whose real name is Rod Smart had a 43-yard kickoff return and blocked a punt that led to a safety.

"I love the name," He Hate Me said. "I produced that name, it's my moniker. I needed a name to get me out there. That name did it and now I'm famous."

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Larry Stewart can be reached at larry.stewart@latimes.com.

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