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October 10, 2008 | Steve Springer
Something is missing from the TBS baseball studio show. Something that could bring excitement, unpredictability, controversy. Something that could light the spark clearly missing when Cal Ripken and Dennis Eckersley, along with Curtis Granderson (division series) and Harold Reynolds (championship series) join host Ernie Johnson to analyze the plays, the players and the moves in the games of the day. Something that could lighten the analysis and sharpen the criticism.
October 3, 2008 | Steve Springer
It was an evening that would have brought a smile to the face of Jack Haley. For those who care about professionalism behind the mike, however, it was embarrassing. You remember Haley, a former NBA player with the Lakers and several other teams, who traded his uniform in for a Lakers cheerleader outfit when he went to work for the Fox Sports Network. The spirit of Haley was alive and rooting on the FSN postgame show the night the Dodgers clinched the National League West. Sitting in their outfield perch, Steve Lyons, Kevin Kennedy and Jim Watson were literally toasting the Dodgers' achievement, openly celebrating while pouring freely from a bottle we were assured was alcohol-free cider.
September 26, 2008 | Steve Springer
To those who have heard him on L.A. radio for more than three decades, he is The Big Nasty. To those who have seen him at local sports venues, he is simply Mr. Big, his body ballooning to nearly 700 pounds at his worst. To those who depend on him for information, he has long been among the most plugged-in sports personalities in town with solid sources and an always loud, often controversial, sometimes bitter opinion on everything from Dodger blue to Showtime.
August 13, 2008 | STEVE SPRINGER
Jingoism. That's an ugly word sometimes used to describe ugly Americans in previous Olympics. The dictionary defines it as "a person who professes belligerent patriotism." American announcers in particular have been branded with that term, but not so much in the Beijing Games, where the coverage has been generally evenhanded.
June 14, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Charlie Jones, a veteran sportscaster best known for his pro football play calling in a 38-year network career, died Thursday night at his home in La Jolla after suffering a heart attack. He was 77. Jones was getting dressed to go to dinner with friends at Torrey Pines Lodge when he was stricken, said his longtime agent, Martin Mandel. The U.S. Open is underway this week at Torrey Pines. The versatile Jones' first network assignment, on Sept.
June 8, 2008 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Jim McKay, whose commanding presence, eloquence and versatility as a broadcaster made him the face and voice of sporting events around the globe for American audiences, died Saturday. He was 86. McKay died of natural causes at his farm in Monkton, Md., according to his son, Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.
May 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
ESPN will add Hannah Storm to its "SportsCenter" lineup in August when it will supplant nine hours of taped programming in favor of live sports news. Storm, most recently on CBS' "The Early Show," will co-anchor the middle three hours of ESPN's new daytime news block. ESPN currently airs a live "SportsCenter" at 2 a.m. Eastern each day. That one-hour show is repeated six times between 6 a.m. and noon with only occasional updates for breaking news. "You look at Fox News and CNN, it's inconceivable that they would be on tape for that amount of time," said Norby Williamson, the network's executive vice president of production.
May 8, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Sportscaster Jeanne Zelasko is back in the Fox studio, anchoring the network's Saturday baseball coverage after a string of off-season misfortune. It actually began in August, though, when her father, Stanley, died of a heart attack at 71 in his home in Escondido. The shock of losing her father, Zelasko said, led to another shock -- learning in December that she had thyroid cancer. She recounted what she sees as a strange turn of events.
May 2, 2008 | Bill Plaschke
I wish you could have answered my phone. I wish you could have answered the Thursday afternoon call from a Denver hotel room and listened to a greeting that would have made you smell popcorn, taste Dodger Dogs and feel chills. "Hello, Bill? This is Vin Scully." I've talked to the most trusted voice in the history of our city at least a dozen times over the phone during our long working relationship, and it never fails. When he calls me, I freeze.
January 24, 2008 | Andrea Adelson, Orlando Sentinel
Another member of the media is in trouble for making inappropriate comments. Only this time, the subject was religion. ESPN personality Dana Jacobson has been disciplined for remarks she made Jan. 11 at a roast in Atlantic City, N.J., for colleagues Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. According to various reports, Jacobson appeared inebriated when she used an expletive in connection with Notre Dame, Touchdown Jesus and Jesus.
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