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TV Timeout: A Rose Is A Rose
KGW-NBC’s Pat Dooris said of the Rose Garden name change, “A lot of people do not like it. In fact there’s even a Facebook page and an online petition to try and change it back” (KGW-NBC, 8/13). KPTV-Fox's Ben Senger said this "change will take some time to get used to and some people, no matter how long this goes on with the new name, will still be calling the building the Rose Garden" (KPTV-Fox, 8/13).
FORE! PGA of America President Ted Bishop was asked whether there was an unspoken rule among golf’s governing bodies making announcements during events such as the USGA’S controversial announcement of its TV deal with Fox. The USGA was largely criritized last week for its timing on the eve of the PGA’s major. He said, “There's not, at least within the circle of one of golf's governing bodies. But I don't think anybody would have made that announcement during The Masters. I don't think that the USGA would have that announcement during the Open Championship, and I can unequivocally tell you that the PGA of America would not make any kind of major announcement that would upstage any one of our major championship partners nor the PGA Tour.” Back9Networks host Matt Adams asked, “Is there some bad blood still festering?" Bishop said, "There's none on our end" ("Fairways of Life," Back9Network, 8/13).
FEELING DUCKY: The Univ. of Oregon opened its new football facility, and CNBC's Jane Wells said, "If recruiting in the big-money game of college football is an arms race, this could be a nuclear weapon" ("The Kudlow Report," CNBC, 8/13). Wells: “I call it the 'Duck Star,' this $68 million facility that Phil Knight has built for the university." OU coach Mark Helfrich said, “We've never had a space like this from an educational standpoint to actually teach and coach our guys” ("Street Signs," CNBC, 8/13). Wells said of the facility, OU AD Rob Mullens said, “We're so fortunate. We have some recruiting disadvantages in other areas and fortunately, the generosity of Phil Knight … has allowed us to make up some of those in the facilities and this is a very special place” ("Squawk on the Street," CNBC, 8/13).
ORANGE YOU GLAD? Syracuse AD Dr. Daryl Gross discussed having the ACC basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. He said, “To be in the Garden Saturday night is like being at a Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali fight. The atmosphere there is just unbelievable and you just cannot match it anywhere. I've always enjoyed the ACC Tournament (but) it gets a little bit anticlimactic in that on Sunday when you play in the afternoon everyone's waiting for the 'Selection Show'" ("David Glenn Show," ACCSports.com, 8/13).
KINGDOM COME: The L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke said Heat F LeBron James “doesn't want that job" as NBPA President because "look at what happened to (Thunder G) Derek Fisher taking that job. This cuddly, warm persona became this evil monster when he became" NBPA President. LeBron is “smart to stay away, (Jerry Stackhouse) is smart to keep him away" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/13).
CIRCUIT TRAINING: Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert said, of the TSA’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) program, “It is part of a nationwide security program that serves all modes of transportation. That means cars, including NASCAR’s. So before each lap, they're going to have to get stopped for a screening. It’s the only way to make sure everyone is safe before they crash for our amusement” (“The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central, 8/13).
KOSAR UNFILTERED: ESPN’s Rick Reilly said that Browns color commentator Bernie Kosar’s criticism of the Rams “went too far and I loved it.” Reilly wondered if “concussions are getting to Bernie because he was saying stuff no radio color guy has said in the last five years.” Reilly said that he hopes Kosar “keeps it up” but speculated that the Browns are “going to bolt him down now to the table and keep him under wraps” (“The Herd,” ESPN Radio, 8/13).