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TV Timeout: Fighting Words
August 19, 2013 02:31 PM
HEADBANGERS' BALL: Former NFL agent Leigh Steinberg, on former NFL Concussion Committee head Elliot Pellman allegedly downplaying the dangers of concussions with NFL players: “I don’t know how Dr. Pellman lives with himself. There’s a whole group of people who relied on his advice who have degraded lives today. He’s got that on his hands and his conscience” (“OTL,” ESPN, 8/18).
SHE'S GOT IT: Golf Channel's Curt Byrum said 17-year-old European golfer Charley Hull, who yesterday defeated former U.S. Women's Open champ Paula Creamer in Solheim Cup play, "has all of the tools to be a star on the LPGA Tour." The network's Judy Rankin on Team Europe's win: "I don’t think corporate Europe has embraced women’s golf like America has with the LPGA Tour. This will certainly help their cause" (Golf Channel, 8/18).
TANGLED UP IN BLUE: Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal said the Yankees are in "somewhat of a decaying state and they might not represent as appealing a long-term option" as they once did for soon-to-be free agent 2B Robinson Cano. Rosenthal: "The other change, and a big one, is that he has switched agents. ... If Jay Z wants to make a huge splash with Cano, and the Yankees aren't willing to give him a monster deal, you could have that opening for the Dodgers or another club. But the Dodgers are obviously the biggest threat" (“Yankees-Red Sox,” Fox, 8/17). Meanwhile, the N.Y. Times' William Rhoden said of the Dodgers' recent winning streak: "Baseball needed a story. They need this with everyday a new drug allegations" (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/18).
ROLL THE CREDITS: ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, on Lakers Exec VP/Player Personnel Jim Buss emphasizing that Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni was hired by the late Dr. Jerry Buss: “If the Lakers had won the title this spring and the D'Antoni hire were viewed as a stroke of genius, I wonder if Jim Buss would've been so eager to deflect credit” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/18).