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JERRY CROWE

Erin Andrews video controversy is a low point

Text messages from press row . . .

July 23, 2009|Jerry Crowe

The video invasion of Erin Andrews' privacy makes the silly Nike hand-wringing over the LeBron James clip -- the King gets dunked on by a college player! -- seem all the more trivial. . . .

The creepy, Peeping Tom treatment of an unknowing Andrews is enough to make anybody's skin crawl. . . .

Even TMZ declined to post the video. . . .

For someone who seems to be respected by her peers and is popular with fans, Andrews is treated rather horribly at times. . . .

Is it jingoistic to say the Tour de France was more interesting when Lance Armstrong wore yellow? . . .

If Tom Watson can challenge for a major championship at age 59, so presumably could Tiger Woods, which means Woods still has 26 more years to win the additional five majors he needs to break Jack Nicklaus' all-time record. . . .

After ABC's Paul Azinger announced Saturday that a Watson victory would be "maybe the greatest sports achievement ever," Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal noted that Azinger's hyperbole "left us wondering what superlatives he left in reserve for an L.A. Clippers NBA championship." . . .

That, of course, would leave everybody speechless. . . .

Noting that Clippers point guard Baron Davis tweeted that Allen Iverson would be "a great vet for our young guys to learn from," Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News suggests, "Especially if they want to learn how to dominate the ball and how to go through the motions on defense." . . .

Nothing is ever easy, it seems, for easygoing Lamar Odom, whose agent may have done him a disservice. . . .

In a poll of USA Today readers asking who was the better player, Mickey Mantle or Manny Ramirez, 78% opted for "Mantle: The two don't even breathe the same air," while only 4% voted for "Ramirez: You can't knock the numbers." . . .

Clearly, the voter turnout in Mannywood was light during a week in which the dreadlocked Dodgers left fielder moved past Mantle into 15th place on the all-time home run list. . . .

An all-out blitz could be coming for Ben Roethlisberger, who apparently put himself in a bad position, if nothing else. . . .

Former USC quarterback John David Booty wore No. 4 last season for the Minnesota Vikings, who presumably would take the number right off his back if they signed Brett Favre. . . .

Of more importance to Booty, they might cut him too. . . .

Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and all the rest apparently weren't enough: a Pennsylvania State Historical Marker will be dedicated today at an address on 13th Street in Philadelphia that is recognized as "the birthplace of NFL Films." . . .

"Billie Jean," one of Michael Jackson's signature songs, was almost released as "Not My Lover," according to Rolling Stone magazine, because producer Quincy Jones was concerned that listeners would think it was about Billie Jean King. . . .

Elton John, of course, once dedicated a song to the tennis great: the 1975 chart-topping hit, "Philadelphia Freedom." . . .

King's creation, World TeamTennis, was the butt of jokes this month when Ramon Delgado and the Newport Beach Breakers mistakenly showed up in Springfield, Ill., instead of Springfield, Mo., for a match against the Springfield Lasers. . . .

The teams met again Friday in the Western Conference final. . . .

Not in Illinois. . . .

Fred Lynn and former Heisman Trophy winners Marcus Allen and Charles White are scheduled to lead a team of "USC Legends" against a team of actors, among them Linda Blair and Richard Roundtree, in a charity softball game tonight at USC benefiting the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the ALS Assn. . . .

Another ex-Trojan, Mark Sanchez, will be at Angel Stadium throwing out the first pitch on behalf of the Hollenbeck Youth Center before the Angels' game against the Minnesota Twins. . . .

Bidding on the oldest known baseball card, the 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings Trade Card, continues through today at scpauctions.com. . . .

Jim Healy, the one-of-a-kind sportscaster who entertained Los Angeles listeners for more than 40 years and whose taped audio clips are etched permanently on the minds of his devoted fans, died 15 years ago Wednesday. . . .

On his headstone is written, "Is it true?" and on his wife Patricia's adjacent grave marker is written, "Yes." . . .

It's a wacky business.

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jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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