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Studio 60 on the Kauffman Stadium Mound
2006-10-27 07:47
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Some crossover blogging this morning: Check out the satire by ex-Cheers writer and baseball broadcaster Ken Levine, "If Aaron Sorkin Wrote a Show About Baseball", at Screen Jam. (Link courtesy of Baseball Think Factory):

Comments
2006-10-27 09:21:05
1.   Kyle S
That's great. Sorkin did write Sports Night. And I happen to miss that show
2006-10-27 09:40:06
2.   Greg Brock
Sportsnight is like Wilt's 100 point game. If everyone was there who says they were there, the show never would have gotten canceled. Most people picked it up in syndication, or on DVD.

It was a great show.

2006-10-27 09:47:03
3.   Jon Weisman
2 - Completely agree.
2006-10-27 09:57:52
4.   Terry A
Hey Brock, I never saw you there. :)

My wife and I caught on to SportsNight late in the game -- to continue the Wilt analogy, it was probably the fourth quarter.

So when it came out on DVD, we bought it and caught up. I've probably watched it a dozen times since and will likely go back to it (again) early in 2007.

2006-10-27 11:12:23
5.   popup
Ken Levine was a broadcaster for the Mariners in 1992. I wish he still was. He wrote a book about broadcasting for the Orioles called, It's Gone... No Wait a Minute. I saw on his blog that he broadcast for the Padres as well. If anyone has a tape of him broadcasting with Ted Leitner I would like to hear it. When he was with the Mariners sometimes he would be the straight man for Dave Niehaus and sometimes Niehaus would be the straight man for him. If he broadcast with Ted Leitner the comedic possibilities would be endless.

Stan from Tacoma

2006-10-27 11:26:33
6.   ToyCannon
Sportsnight was our favorite show for the brief time it lasted. I remember always having a hard time finding the slot because it seemed they moved it around but that could just be my fuzzy memory.

I enjoy Studio 60, Sorkin may be preachy instead of edgy but it holds my interest. I think it is because it is one of the few shows on network TV where real acting is taking place. It has plenty of problems but I miss good acting and the only options on network tv is reality or sitcoms or some derivative of (Law & Order, CSI).

Ugly Betty surprised me when I watched it for the 1st time this week. I think I'll give it another peek next week.

2006-10-27 11:34:32
7.   ToyCannon
By the way Greg, XStein rules. The baseball god of the over acheiving little people will have two rings on his little fingers as a starting SS. Ernie Banks Zero, Arod Zero, Tejada Zero, Nomar Zero. That was Eddie Gaedel pulling on Monroe shorts just enough that he came up an inch short. That was Bobby Shantz pulling the leg out from under Granderson. Contrarians weep the world over.
2006-10-27 12:10:56
8.   Daniel Zappala
Count me as someone who watched Sportsnight from the first night it was on. I would never lie to you.
2006-10-27 12:30:24
9.   Shotupthemiddle
I missed the "Sportnight" bus while it was actually on, but I've worn out my "Complete Series" DVD. Excellent show, and I rate it above "West Wing".
2006-10-27 13:24:48
10.   overkill94
One of the comments from that blog perfectly sums up what all of "Studio 60"s supporters always spout off:

"You have some sort of Aaron Sorkin issues going there, Ken. He's a talented story teller who may or may not have success with his latest effort. At least he's offering an intelligent alternative to the dreck being touted as entertainment on television today. If only for the fact that Aaron Sorkin asks the viewer to pay attention and think, I think you should get off his back."

I hate that everyone gives this show a free pass because the characters use big words. Come on now, the characters are unrealistic and so are the plot lines. It's like someone busting out a superbly technical guitar solo that has absolutely no feel to it - you may be impressed by the efforts, but have no interest in listening to it again.

2006-10-27 15:48:47
11.   ToyCannon
If plot lines in TV had to be realistic the only thing you'd be watching is reality TV. Is Arrested Dvlp or The Office or Earl or Deadwood realistic? Deadwood has the look of realism but do you really think it went down that way in real life?
2006-10-27 16:42:27
12.   franklin
OT--Barry and Kent re-united?...

Bonds to file for free agency and his agent says that "Bonds will likely be interested in gauging the interest of the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers." [source AP]

As Pedro demonstrated, its all about respect (re: the money) so I wouldn't be surprised to see BB as the Angels DH. Arte's got plenty of respect and Barry and Vlad would be an entertaining L-R combo.

2006-10-27 16:48:43
13.   franklin
12 strike that -- not a quote from BB's agent, just well placed speculation by the journalist and a careless reader.
2006-10-27 17:57:14
14.   still bevens
Looks like Ned found a way to get that HR power without any transactions. From Rotoworld:

Former Giants trainer Stan Conte was hired Friday by the Dodgers as director of medical services and head athletic trainer.
Conte, who unexpectedly left the Giants last week, should be a fine hire for the Dodgers. Stan Johnston, the Dodgers' head athletic trainer for the last seven years, will remain with the club and work directly with Conte on all medical issues.

2006-10-27 18:06:54
15.   underdog
I think Conte was a great hire actually - he was always annoyed by the Bonds circus and the way certain things were handled, and had a real good track record, or reputation for training players to get them less injury prone. This beats trading for the Devil Rays' trainer!
2006-10-27 18:16:27
16.   still bevens
As much as I kid, I agree. The injury problems of the last two years couldnt be coincidence after coincidence after coincidence. Hopefully Conte can help stave off this kind of epidemic we've been having.
2006-10-27 18:27:41
17.   overkill94
11 Okay, replace realistic with annoying then.
2006-10-27 18:54:05
18.   Gen3Blue
I thinl the D's had some Verlander type clone. Thank god he got injured or something. He couldn't get stuck in a playoff spot so tough for his age. This could be an inflection point in his career, although I wish him better luck!
2006-10-27 18:55:27
19.   Gen3Blue
Wow, I thought we should have kept Weaver, but I didn't see him being a teams anchor in the playoffs.
2006-10-27 19:16:52
20.   trainwreck
Oh man I cannot even imagine the reaction that would happen if Ned signed Bonds. It is almost worth it just to read all the reactions.
2006-10-27 19:28:55
21.   LAT
Have I mentioned the Cards do not deserve to win this thing?
2006-10-27 19:45:26
22.   LAT
So I guess Conte is now Johnson's boss? Ouch. The extent of the Dodger injuries the last few seasons has been frustrating to say the least--but I don't know that its Stan Johnson's fault. I guess someone (Ned?) thought it was time for a change. Johnson has been well regarded and I think he was named trainer for the NL All Star team this year so this is a little suprising. On the other hand, while I don't know if Johnson was responsible for any of the injuries he had to be involved in the oft "re-injuries", i.e. "the I think I'm better let me play only to get hurt worse." You know what I'm talkin about Gagne/Penny don't cha.
2006-10-27 20:01:16
23.   franklin
Try saying "Jeff Weaver, World Series MVP" without producing at least a chuckle.
2006-10-27 20:02:33
24.   Gen3Blue
Our reinjury rate-at least for pitchers-has been so incredible that I doubt any change could hurt.
2006-10-27 20:03:02
25.   Gen3Blue
Go "Weave"
2006-10-27 20:26:12
26.   Robert Fiore
Clearly the Baseball Gods are repaying the Birdies for playing the stooge in the Red Sox miracle a couple of years ago. Compensatory miracle, you might say.

Oh, by the way, the long layoff left the Tigers flat as they were steamrollered by a Cardinal team charged up from their hard fought playoff. I saw it coming a mile away. It was preordained.

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