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  1. We can eliminate option 2 off the bat (no pun intended)...there's really no room in DTLA (particularly in that Staples/Convention Center/LA Live area), and the Dodgers play just outside of the western fringes of DTLA (essentially midway between DTLA and Hollywood), but still close enough for them to take issue having another team a just few miles away. Hell, the area around Staples has been construction-hell for the last few years, just with five new highrises being built to the west of Staples, on 12th Street, between Figueroa and Flower Streets. The last time this topic came up, I mentioned before that Ed Roski, after his City of Industry football stadium plan failed, tried to lure the Angels up the 57 freeway to a build a stadium complex on the Grand Crossing site, the closest Arte could perhaps ever get to Los Angeles proper, but still across the county line. Of course, that in part was used in the last negotiations with Anaheim. LMU properly stated why the Angels won't leave the L.A. market--Rupert Murdoch's annual $150 million check to Arte Moreno each spring.
  2. MadmanLA

    2018-19 NBA Season

    The main reason I became a Clipper fan is retiring after this upcoming season... https://www.foxsports.com/west/story/ralph-lawler-longtime-los-angeles-clippers-play-by-play-announcer-to-retire-after-2018-19-season-091218 It's great that the team will be honoring him all season, and Bill Walton is scheduled to join a group of guest analysts who will work with Lawler on different telecasts throughout the season. Of course, since the team fired Bruce Bowen (still a mind-boggling hire to begin with, especially since he had no ties to the team), they still need to find a permanent color analyst for Lawler. Especially after all of the bad teams he had to broadcast for, and the CP3-Blake Griffin era pretty much blowing-up in everyone's faces, he's more than earned the right to go out on his own terms. One way (among many) the team will honor Lawler... https://twitter.com/LAClippers/status/1040002484054323202
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    2018 MLB Season

    Maybe the biggest highlight in otherwise disappointing Detroit Tigers season, the team's TV voice, Mario Impemba, and color analyst Rod Allen got into a fist-fight at the Cell in Chicago, with supposedly Allen choking-out Impemba outside of their broadcast booth; the root of their argument was over a damn chair. Anyone familiar with this tandem already knows these two are not the best of friends at all...one of them is definitely not coming back to the Tigers' TV booth. https://www.clickondetroit.com/sports/sources-rod-allen-choked-mario-impemba-after-disagreement-over-chair-in-tigers-broadcast-booth
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    The Sports Media Thread

    Prior to a few weeks ago, as he was reviewing the first episode of this season's Hard Knocks, I've never listened to one minute of Pat McAfee's podcast. Now, he's taking his show elsewhere else, as he and Barstool Sports are parting ways. The interesting part of this article from the Indianapolis Star is that McAfee relates the Barstool situation to when he was cut by the Colts in 2016, and the one-on-one conversation he had with now-ex GM Ryan Grigson that led to that McAfee being released. Apparently, Grigson didn't like one of McAfee's Instagram picture he took in the locker room (him posing a la Mr. Kennedy/Anderson with the overhead mic), and the two had words in which McAfree called out Grigson to his face regarding the offensive line and Andrew Luck not staying healthy. https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2018/09/04/pat-mcafee-barstool-sports-colts-ryan-grigson/1192911002/
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    2018 NFL Season

    Just a week after State Farm signed a new naming rights agreement on the former Philips Arena in Atlanta, they also linked-up another similar agreement with the Arizona Cardinals for their digs in Glendale. This Sunday, they open at home against the Landover, Maryland football club, so the new stadium signage should be up by this weekend; meanwhile, the "University" of Phoenix still maintains their partnership with Big Red as the team's official education partner... https://www.abc15.com/sports/sports-blogs-local/cardinals-venue-to-be-known-as-state-farm-stadium
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    The Sports Media Thread

    Oh yeah...they also get Channel 17 from Atlanta (Peachtree TV), the former localized version of TBS.
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    The Sports Media Thread

    I think putting the Blackhawks on the WGN Superstation/America feed would have helped in that regard a little; I understand NBCSN/Versus wanting to protect its exclusive cable rights, but it would have helped (especially with the team's resurgence as a league power again) build-up the NHL's popularity, even if it was the Blackhawks Game of the Week. It didn't seem that long ago that most MLB, NFL, and NBA teams didn't televise their full schedules locally...hell, some teams for years (like the Blackhawks) held out televising home games, for the fear of losing gate revenue, even though these telecasts are really "infomercials" to get fans to go to the games. That's the same logic the Braves used when they moved to Milwaukee from Boston in the early '50s...before the Braves left town, they and the Red Sox had most, if not all, of their home games televised across the two TV stations Boston had on the air at the time (Boston didn't get its fourth commercial TV station until 1957, and the previous commercial station [on UHF Channel 56] went off the air the year before, and it was resurrected about a decade later as the station that eventually became WLVI). Here in L.A., the Kings, Ducks, and Clippers were among the last teams to televise their full 82-game schedules across some combination of network, cable, and over-the-air TV; the Dodgers didn't start televising all 162 games until the mid-2000s went they re-upped with Fox Sports and changed over-the-air stations (KCAL [9] and KCOP [13], in a sense, traded over-the-air rights to the local baseball teams, with the Angels going from 9 to 13, and the Dodgers coming back the other way), and the Angels didn't start showing all 162 until at least 2005 or so. Between the two teams, they would cap their over-the-air telecasts to 50 games per season, but the Angels gradually moved more telecasts over to Fox Sports West in recent years before taking the full 150-game or so slate for themselves; the only time you'll see the Angels on OTA is the occasional Fox Saturday afternoon/evening game or in April when the Clippers/Ducks/Kings are in the playoffs, and the two Fox local RSNs are full with playoff coverage, and the Angels get farmed over to KCOP...problem there however, if don't live in the L.A. DMA and want to see the Angels, your best hope is if they decide to also offer the game on Fox Sports Go, otherwise you're SOL--Extra Innings wouldn't help because of the territorial restrictions. The Lakers, at least since 1985 when they launched the original Prime Ticket (now Fox Sports West), have televised every single game, preseason and regular season.
  8. MadmanLA

    2018 NFL Season

    Should make for an entertaining and interesting episode of Hard Knocks tomorrow night...
  9. MadmanLA

    2018 NFL Season

    Speaking of the Brownies...the first episode of Hard Knocks aired last night. YouTube posted the first episode on their site; if this episode is any indication on how the Browns will perform this season, Hue Jackson might be gone before the season is done. In that coaches' meeting, Todd Haley's mentally licking his chops for Hue's job, after he basically got dressed down in the meeting.
  10. MadmanLA

    2018 NFL Season

    Yeah, it felt more like Saturday NIght Revival than the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony. It almost felt like I was watching TBN or one of those other shyster religious networks. I thought all of the speeches were just fine for the most part, although Jerry Kramer and Brian Dawkins were probably the best of the night, in my opinion. I've always liked Dawk, and my respect for the man grew even more than after hearing his story...just hope he continues on the right path with his life. I've seen Kramer in interviews/panels over the years, and he's always been a good storyteller, and certainly didn't disappoint. Hell, I probably laughed more through Kramer's speech than Ray Lewis', but that's for different reasons.
  11. MadmanLA

    MLB Relocation? Naw...

    Las Vegas and the entire state of Iowa are victims of MLB's blackout policies...each region are blacked-out on Extra Innings/MLB.tv from six teams each. I can't speak for Iowa, but for Las Vegas, you could get the Angels and Padres via cable through the respective Fox RSNs, and those two plus the Bay Area teams and the D-Backs are all available via DirecTV and Dish Network. The Dodgers, because of their TV network situation, are only available via cable in greater Los Angeles, Hawaii, and some areas north of Los Angeles County; everything else from Fresno on north, is virtually all Comcast/Xfinity, and even from there, you're coming into Giants/Athletics territory. One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of these MLB teams' broadcast territories are vestiges of their old over-the-air networks. The Reds' old OTA TV network stretched as far north as Columbus, south to Nashville, and east to Charleston/Huntington; the Tigers aired games into northwest Ohio, northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne), and statewide throughout Michigan. Hell, before the Rockies came into existence, the Royals were the closest team to the Denver area, and some of their games were televised into the Mile High City as well.
  12. MadmanLA

    Alternate SPORTS! History Thread

    LOL I think the other real travesty here, and it touches on the point that Mac made earlier on...the Steelers, almost thirty years earlier, had another hometown quarterback on their hands, and cut him in training camp. He only went on to be one of the greatest QBs in the history of the NFL--his name was John Constantine Unitas. You could have had the Unitas-Bradshaw-Marino transition happen pretty smoothly without missing a beat; the Steeler dynasty could have perhaps started 15 years before it actually did. Perhaps even more egregious was (among the Steelers' many bonehead personnel moves pre-Chuck Noll) was them trading the third overall pick in the 1965 draft to the Bears, and with that Papa Bear Halas picked fellow U. of Illinois alum Dick Butkus (the Bears also selected Gale Sayers right behind at #4). If Butkus had played in Pittsburgh instead of Chicago, especially had the Steelers went ahead and picked Joe Greene away, not only would his career would lasted a few years longer (only played nine seasons, and didn't sniff a playoff game not once), he would have won a Super Bowl ring or two.
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    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.
  14. 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.
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    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.