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LA Rams and Kevin Harlan meet again — 22 years later

first_imgIt’ll be one and done for CBS and the Rams.The network of the AFC makes its only 2016 visit to the Coliseum on Sunday for an NFL broadcast, obliged to follow the Buffalo Bills’ Week 5 awkward meet-and-greet with the Rams in what might appear to be something computer-arranged through BiCoastalCurious.com.Kevin Harlan is being asked to describe it, with a meager nine percent of the country (the Southern California and upper New York regions) assigned to monitor it.Yet picking Harlan for this assignment, instead of one where he’s usually being exposed to a much greater sized audience, is rather appropriate. It certainly helps that the Rams come in 3-1 after a Monday Night season-opening loss in San Francisco that Harlan called for the Westwood One Radio network — highlighted by Harlan’s “call” of a fan that ran onto the field in the fourth quarter that went viral on social media.Harlan, working with former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon as his analyst, will also do the Rams’ nationwide game for the NFL Network when the team goes to London to face the New York Giants in two weeks (and giving up a home game in the process). A 6:30 a.m. kickoff doesn’t help generate viewers in L.A. that time of Sunday, but what else can be done about it?“The Los Angeles market is so important to any network,” Harlan said. “Whether a game like Sunday’s is only going to seven percent or is a full national broadcast, I don’t treat them any differently. I was doing a game in New Orleans a couple of Mondays ago when the presidential debates were happening, and I didn’t do that game any differently. That has to be the approach. It’s the NFL. It’s important to all of us.”One other quirk about the last Rams’ game that Harlan covered in 1994: At the same time it was being played, the Raiders were ending their run in L.A. with a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, played on NBC, before some 64,000 at the Coliseum. Harlan, who had done Chiefs games for years on radio, asked for and was given permission to drive to LAX from Anaheim and hop on the team’s charter back to Kansas City so he could get home in time for Christmas Day.“It was kind if a double-day of NFL for me,” he said. “I saw the end, and now I’m back at the beginning.”• How the fifth week of the NFL lays out for the L.A. audience, who won’t be able to see (unless they have the DirecTV “NFL Sunday Ticket” package) the San Diego-Oakland meeting that goes head-to-head with Rams-Bills.MLBWe regret to inform that, while Kenny Albert is doing play-by-play and Tom Verducci is on as a booth analyst, Harold Reynolds will also sit at the adults’ table on the call for Games 1 and 2 of the Dodgers’ National League Division Series opener at Washington, starting at 2:30 p.m. Friday, with Game 2 at 1 p.m. Saturday, both on FS1.Charley Steiner and Rick Monday have the entire nine innings on radio via the Dodgers’ KLAC-AM (570).Vin Scully has the rest of his life off.When Game 3 comes around Monday at Dodger Stadium — first pitch is to be determined since L.A. and San Francisco will each have home games that day and there may not be a Game 4 in either American League Division Series — it’ll switch to the MLB Network with Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Jon Paul Morosi. Be prepared now to locate it. For those who don’t normally have it, MLB Net is offering a free preview for those with DirecTV, Dish, Frontier and Verizon FiOS from Thursday to Tuesday. For those who are still in the dark about where it is on their system, go to www.FindMLBNetwork.com. Or trust you’ll find it on AT&T U-verse (1634), DirecTV (213), Dish (152) and Frontier (586). The channel varies on Spectrum, Cox, Comcast and Charter.Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz are in the booth, with Ken Rosenthal reporting, for the Game 1 of the other NLDS between the San Francisco and Chicago Cubs (Friday, 6 p.m., FS1), but for Game 2, the MLB Network comes in with Costas joining Smoltz and Rosenthal at Wrigley Field.The NL Championship Series will be turned over to Joe Buck, Smoltz and Rosenthal.TBS, with its new top-of-the-screen scorebar, stays with the American League Division Series, pairing Ernie Johnson with Ron Darling, Cal Ripken Jr. and Sam Ryan for the Boston-Cleveland series. Brian Anderson is with Dennis Eckersley, Joe Simpson and Matt Winer on the Toronto-Texas series. The TBS studio show in Atlanta stays with host Casey Stern and analysts Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield and Jimmy Rollins.As for the Fox MLB pre- and postgame shows from the L.A. studios, Kevin Burkhardt tries to give way to Frank Thomas, Pete Rose, Alex Rodriguez and C.J. Nitkowski or Dontrelle Willis. It will be Burkhardt, Thomas, Rose, Rodriguez and Verducci for the NLCS and World Series.By which time, Reynolds will go away to the MLB Network.COLLEGE FOOTBALL• More on how Week 6 of the season sequesters USC on the Pac-12 Network and puts UCLA back on ESPN late night.• The merger of Charter Cable with Time Warner Cable to create Spectrum has finally resulted in those former Charter customers in Long Beach, Pasadena, Glendale, Malibu, Riverside, Victorville and West Covina receiving the Pac-12 Network, starting with Saturday’s USC-Colorado game. Former Time Warner Cable customers had the Pac-12 Network since its launch.More media notes going into the weekend about the high school football TV schedule, the Sparks’ WNBA Finals series starting in Minneapolis and other things at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth He was awkwardly subjected to calling the Rams’ final game in Southern California on Christmas Eve in 1994, when he worked at Fox in its first year of NFL operations. The Rams’ 24-21 loss to the Washington Redskins at Anaheim Stadium before an abysmal 25,705 is still one of the weirdest experiences he’s had in his decades as a broadcaster.“We pull into the parking lot, and usually you see tailgating and barbecue smoke and a festive atmosphere,” Harlan said of himself and analyst Jerry Glanville. “But it’s three hours before kickoff, and there’s just nothing. It was deserted. I wondered if we got there too early.”It was actually a matter of being too late. There was no changing the Rams’ fate. They were calling it done in Southern California before owner Georgia Frontiere was moving them to St. Louis.“It really showed the level of apathy toward the team at that time,” added Harlan, from his home in Door County, Wisc., a peninsula on Lake Michigan just north of Green Bay. “It was a meaningless game, but it was just so surreal when you think about how the Rams had come from Cleveland in the late 1940s, signaling the beginning of West Coast football and preceding Major League Baseball by almost 10 years. It was such a sad moment.”CBS will make sure Sunday’s telecast is just the opposite — the network will be treating it almost as an expanded corporate outing, led by L.A.-based network CEO Les Moonves.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

From the hockey field to the airport tarmac: Coach Harendra Singh’s fight against Coronavirus

first_imgImage Courtesy: Rediff/TOIAdvertisement bodq3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eiq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 870w3Would you ever consider trying this?😱9xkCan your students do this? 🌚64zRoller skating! Powered by Firework The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has taken a massive blown at the world of sports. Several major fixtures, events and leagues have seen postponement and cancellation, and many sportspersons, players, coaches and officials are under isolation or quarantine, or in a general leisure away from the field. However, not in the case of Harendra Singh. India’s field hockey coach and former international player is not resting. From guiding the players on the field, Singh is now performing the managerial role at terminal 3 of Delhi Airport, as General Manager (Commercial), Air India.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Rediff/TOIHowever, some staunch difference is there. This time, Singh doesn’t have a team of professional hockey players to guide against an opposition team from another country. He has a crowd of Indians returning from abroad, all panic-stricken, fearing for their safety, taking the battle against a virus that has spread its wings across the globe, slowly taking away lives, over 10000 to be exact as of now.However, the former head coach of India’s men’s, women’s and junior field hockey teams has remained unperturbed in his duty. Harendra Singh’s experience from the Indian dugout is clearly working in his favour in the time of woes.Advertisement “The country needs you at this time, just like a soldier or a sportsperson,” a confident Singh spoke to Times of India.“Over the past few days, I and my entire team have even worked for 72 hours non-stop. To save our country, not a single corona-infected patient should enter India. This is our duty,” the former Team India halfback told the reporters.Advertisement The fighting spirit that earned his team a silver medal at the 1990 Asian Games, Singh is positive on the same feeling that is working at the national capital as they are tacking the fight against the contamination of the virus.Singh continued: “We wear masks, suits and use hand sanitises. But I would admit that sometimes you need to summon extra courage to face this situation. Be it a helper, handyman or top management, that fighting spirit is on display here.”The 43 times capped international guided the Junior team to victory at the 2016 Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup. A year later, Singh took on the role of the gaffer of the Women’s team, that clinched gold at the 2017 Women’s Hockey Asia Cup. The Men’s team, under his coaching, went onto win silver at the  2018 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy, before he was sacked in 2019.Even after a year gap from managing a team of professionals, a confident Harendra Singh in a decontamination suit is what the Delhi airport is relying on.Also read-Will India take part in Tokyo 2020 Olympics if it happens?Read why Dale Steyn wants to be in quarantine with teammate Quinton de Kock! Advertisementlast_img read more