Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday notes and observations...
        The biggest winner of the recent NFL draft may have been someone who isn't in pro football.    How about USC Coach Pete Carroll? Eleven USC players were chosen over the weekend by NFL teams, a record for one school. Carroll's two main selling points to high school recruits have been that freshman will be given the chance to play, and USC players have the opportunity to play in the NFL. 
       Eleven picks only makes Carroll's sales pitch that much easier.

       How Things Have Changed: During Monday night's Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco, Vin Scully referred to catcher Bengie Molina as the Giants' best hitter. It makes one wonder what's happened to the team that used to have Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Jim Ray Hart, Will Clark and, yes, Barry Bonds.
Bengie Molina?

       Recommended reading: The Wall Street Journal's sports page, which in today's edition, has a nice feature by Darren Everson on role players in baseball.


       Awards time: HBO took home eight Emmys Monday night at a ceremony in New York. "Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football" won for best documentary.  A segment from Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel titled "Horse Slaughter: Running for Their Lives" won for best sports journalism. And Bob Costas won for best studio host.


       Passings: Bob Oates, who covered pro football for the Los Angeles Times and the old Herald-Examiner, died Monday night of natural causes. He was 93. Oates had attended every Super Bowl until 2006. In the famous picture of Joe Namath lounging  by pool-side in Miami before Super Bowl III, Oates is pictured with other writers interviewing the N.Y. Jets quarterback. Oates was known as "The Professor" because he taught journalism at UCLA. Two of his students, Avrum Dansky and Bob Lochner,  would go on to become members of the Times' sports staff.


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