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  1. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    Olbermann was suppose to call Astros-Yankees yesterday for ESPN Radio, but was replaced by Ryan Ruocco instead. Olbermann said on his Twitter he came down with food poisoning.
  2. Although I grew up just blocks away from Crenshaw High School (Cougars), I attended Los Angeles High only for my freshman year, and went to Palisades Charter HS my final three years of high school. Palisades' mascot is the Dolphins; as far as I know, they may be the only high school in greater Los Angeles that uses that particular mascot. Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood, which was built on the old site of Metromedia Square/Fox Television Center (and former longtime home of KTTV Fox 11), has the Dragons as their mascot.
  3. MadmanLA

    Choking / Cursed Franchises

    How about that purple and orange-clad basketball team that resides at 201 East Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix, Arizona? They're still top-ten all-time in winning percentage among active franchises (currently sixth), but for the longest while, they were fourth, behind the Spurs, Lakers, and Celtics (sometimes the order would change, depending who was better year-to-year). With that, the Suns were also the winningest franchise in NBA history to never win a championship, but in the last few years, their neighbors up north in Salt Lake City has since surpassed them in all-time win percentage but barely (Utah's 53.8 percent versus Phoenix's 53.5 percent). If you exclude the Seattle SuperSonics portion of the Thunder's "shared history", they've won 61.7 percent of their games since Clay Bennett and his late co-owner stole the team from Seattle. Also among active franchises born and bred in the NBA, Phoenix has made the most playoff appearances (29) without winning a title; the Nuggets, counting their ABA years, have made the playoffs 33 times (5 in ABA, 28 in NBA), but no title (so far) in either Association. Back to the Suns...obviously the first big "curse" was them losing out on the #1 pick in the 1969 draft to expansion-mate Milwaukee on a coin flip, and the man that became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won a NBA title two years later. Meanwhile, the Suns finished with 48 and 49 wins in consecutive seasons ('70-71 and '71-72), and missed the playoffs both times--they also happened to be in the same division (Midwest) with Kareem & Oscar, the Sloan-Love-Walker Bulls, and the Lanier-Bing Pistons, and Milwaukee and Chicago finished 1-2 in the division both years. After 1969-70, the Suns didn't make the playoffs again until 1976 (the "Cinderella Suns"), and were pretty much a consistent playoff participant from there on (although they missed the playoffs in '77). Besides '71 and '72, there were two other times the Suns finished with a winning record, but missed the playoffs: 46-36 in '08-09,and 48-34 in '13-14 (their last recent winning season). On the opposite spectrum, they've made the playoffs three times with a losing record--39-43 in '69-70, 36-46 in '84-85, and 40-42 in '96-97. Their late 70s/mid-80s playoff run came to an end thanks to the Walter Davis drug trial, but in the meantime, by 1987, a controlling stake in the franchise was sold to Jerry Colangelo and a group of partners, from the original owners, which in turn jump-started a run that included a new downtown arena, Charles Barkley being added to an already pretty-stacked roster, the '93 Finals run (losing to you know who), by 1996, Barkley and Colangelo feuded (which to led to Chuck's trade to Houston), and Kevin Johnson being a shell of himself by then. Then, also the series of questionable trades and signings before and after: Dan Majerle for "Hot Rod" Williams, giving Danny Manning what was then the biggest contract in franchise history but was pretty much a mediocre player for a mediocre team, which in turn led to the "what could have been Backcourt 2000" (made possible by getting Penny Hardaway in a sign-and-trade, with Manning, Pat Garrity, and two future draft picks [one of which was Amar'e Stoudemire, which came back to Phoenix via trading Bo Outlaw]). They had to wait until Steve Nash came back from hanging with Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas in '04 to get back into some sort of title contention, but with Colangelo selling to Banker Bob from Tucson, coupled with Nash and Stoudemire's injuries (and their eventual departures, Colangelo and son included), they're now currently sitting in their longest rebuilding period in franchise history--no playoffs since 2010, and no winning record since 2014.
  4. MadmanLA

    Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    Before both regions eventually got their own teams (and later, arenas named after the same airline LOL), Dallas and South Florida (specifically in the Broward County suburbs) were in the running to bring-in the-then Buffalo Braves to one of those two areas. More than likely, the Dallas-based team would have played in temporary quarters throughout the Metroplex (and probably elsewhere in north Texas) until Reunion Arena opened in 1980. There's also a tie to this--Norm Sonju was the last general manager the Braves had before they eventually moved to San Diego in 1978, and was one of the original founders and general manager of the Mavericks. The South Florida-based team would have played at the Hollywood Sportarium, which at the time was the only major (and biggest) indoor arena in Miami-Fort Lauderdale until Miami Arena came along in 1988. The Braves were slated to moved there by the 1976-77 season, and had a pledge of 8,000 season tickets sold, but the city of Buffalo sued the team and force them to honor the final two years of their lease at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The following year, the team was sold to (and traded by) new ownership, and were on their way to America's Finest City. The Sportatorium had several attempts to acquire a long-term tenant (mostly involving hockey, but did have one in the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, for a season), but prospective tenants just like didn't the arena (aesthetics, acoustics, etc.), and location was another big issue--its location was 20-plus miles from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami. At the time it was in operation, there was only one highway (State Route 820) to and from that area until Interstate 75 opened in 1986...basically, this was South Florida's cheaper and smaller version of Richfield Coliseum.
  5. MadmanLA

    Local TV station logos

    Dallas' ABC station, WFAA, is set a debut a logo soon; I found this T-shirt on their Facebook page...really nice touch, and something you kinda rarely see with TV stations. A closer look at the "new" logo...
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    Logos that Look Alike

    This happened in the 70s, with some mild controversy... The current logos of CBS 2s New York and Los Angeles, and the CBS 2s in Chicago and Pittsburgh (KDKA):
  7. MadmanLA

    Lifespan of new-age arenas

    Downtown L.A. was one of those places where you just came to work and/or conduct business, and then you get the hell out. Beyond the Music Center complex (which includes the Disney Concert Hall), there wasn't really much there as far as cultural/fun activities to do in the downtown core before Staples opened. Just in the last decade alone, more and more people have not only made Downtown a destination place, but are moving in as well...young out-of-towners, USC students (thanks to the Expo Line), and single working people. Even Skid Row, the homeless epicenter of L.A, on DTLA's east side, has been experiencing gentrification to the point where these folks are setting up in other parts of the city.
  8. MadmanLA

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    One thing working in Ebersol's favor is that he has big credible names in place at the top, and are guys that aren't too far removed from pro football themselves. You know Vince McMahon is calling up guys that haven't been involved in some sort of pro football in years, just sitting at home living out their golden years, to run his teams.
  9. MadmanLA

    Lifespan of new-age arenas

    I still, to this day, find it a bit laughable that James Dolan spent more than a billion dollars of his father's money to fund the MSG renovation, and the city still might boot them from the Penn Station site. Just to build a new arena anywhere in Manhattan is going to be a minimum of $1 billion, and perhaps even more once we cross into the 2020s. Anywho, if you been around Los Angeles lately, there's really been a building boom in and around downtown (just as an example, there's five highrises currently under construction on what were old parking lots for the Staples Center/LA Live/Convention Center complex, plus continuing Metro Rail construction), plus elsewhere around town. Just head down Figueroa Street from Staples Center, the Los Angeles FC stadium is a month away from its grand opening (April 29th, coincidentally the 26th anniversary of the L.A. riots), and the Coliseum is still in the middle of its renovation (the Scholarship Tower, press box re-construction, south stands rebuilt). The Kroenkedome in Inglewood is coming along nicely, and if Ballmer can get his arena built across the street, there and the downtown region (even if you include Dodger Stadium and Exposition Park) become the true epicenters for sports in Los Angeles. One thing about the sports venues here, they get much more longer use than in most other cities...the Rose Bowl and Coliseum both turn 100 in a few years, Dodger Stadium is 56 years old this year, Pauley Pavillion at UCLA is 52, Angel Stadium is at 51 years and counting, Stub Hub Center at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson) turns 15 this year, and USC's Galen Center is 12 years old, but outside of Stub Hub and Galen, all of them went through some sort of renovations in recent years. Next season, it'll be the 20th season for the three main occupants of Staples Center...it doesn't seem that long ago seeing the Lakers at the Forum, and the Clippers at the Sports Arena, but Staples was not only just a "game-changer" for each franchise, but it absolutely helped transform Downtown Los Angeles into what is today.
  10. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    Yep...once they get those stations, that only leaves Boston as the only top-20 TV DMA where Fox doesn't own a station (which they traded to Cox Media [along with Memphis' WHBQ] to get San Francisco/Oakland a few years ago). They could get back into Boston, if they offer Sunbeam TV (which also owns WSVN) an offer they couldn't refuse. Sunbeam owns also WLVI in Boston, which now lives on as a subchannel of WHDH...Fox could offer a king's ransom for the whole group, and might in essence keep WSVN as a Fox station (and WSFL as a CW station), and force another network switch in Boston.
  11. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/sinclair-tribune-fox-station-deal-seattle-1202707565/ Fox's continual quest to own stations in several key NFL markets (and uber-ally markets) may come to fruition, once the Sinclair-Tribune merger is completed. Fox is set to buy at least six stations from Sinclair/Tribune, including three of the stations they sold in 2008 to help finance News Corp's purchase of the Wall Street Journal (WJW Cleveland, KDVR Denver, and KSTU Salt Lake City), plus Sacramento's KTXL, the long-awaited prize in Seattle's KCPQ (it didn't mention sister KZJO, which likely means they'll stay with Sinclair-owned KOMO-TV), and a wild card--WSFL-TV, the CW station in Miami/Fort Lauderdale. I can't see Fox running a standalone CW affiliate in South Florida, which ultimately means incumbent Fox affiliate WSVN (much like their sister station in Boston, WHDH) will be forced to go independent, and in turn current MyNetworkTV affiliate WBFS, owned by CBS, will more than likely take the CW affiliation. That also means Miami would undergo its third affiliation/channel swap in the last thirty years, two occasions of which WSVN was a part of (losing NBC in 1989, due to the Peacock buying WTVJ, and now possibly losing Fox to WSFL).
  12. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    It wouldn't surprise me if Univision makes a play for LAFC TV and radio rights (they own two TV and four radio stations in the area).
  13. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    https://www.lafc.com/youtube-tv-faq They put a FAQ page, and it looks like these LAFC YouTube TV matches will be geo-blocked outside of Southern California, limited to basically from Bakersfield to the north, south to the Mexican border, Santa Barbara to the west, and the Colorado River to the east. They'll have their own dedicated "channel", so it'll be treated just as a local station.
  14. MadmanLA

    Alternate SPORTS! History Thread

    Here's an ultimate "what if?...Bill Walsh as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Paul Brown retired from coaching after the 1975 NFL season, and promoted Bill "Tiger" Johnson as head coach starting in '76. Walsh was the offensive coordinator for the Bengals from year one (1968) until he left; Johnson (another day-one assistant under Paul Brown) coached 2 1/3 seasons, but resigned five games into 1978. Johnson actually did better in the 33 games he coached (18-15) than Walsh did in his first 33 in San Francisco (8-25). Walsh didn't become the head coach of the 49ers until the '79 season (he went from Cincy to San Diego to his first stint in Palo Alto in the meantime), so there was still the opportunity there for him to coach the Bengals, if Brown wanted him back in Cincy. Just watched the Football Life episode on Walsh recently, one of the reasons why Brown passed on Walsh was essentially because he was too much of a "nervous wreck" (some of his Niner players and management pretty much said the same thing). What if, though, Brown took the same chance on Walsh that the 49ers did, and he kept him in Cincy as head coach starting in 1976? Pretty certain that we'll be talking about the "Ohio River Offense" in NFL folklore instead of the West Coast Offense.
  15. MadmanLA

    Alignment history question

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