TV Timeout: Thinking Blue

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, on the Dodgers reaching the NLCS: “That we were able to do what Guggenheim wanted us to do, which is really make it as good as you can, as fast as you can, for as long as you can. They were ultra supportive in a number of ways, and to be back here is special” (“Baseball Tonight,” ESPN, 10/9).

BIGGER PICTURE: Sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, on the reasoning for changing the Redskins name: “We are in the second decade of the 21st century and for someone to be so incompetent, to be so deficient in terms of their facility and dexterity with the standard linguistic currency of the culture to such an extent that they have to resort to epithets in order to express themselves, it’s not so much offensive as it is pathetic” (“Jim Rome on Showtime,” Showtime, 10/9).

THE BIG CHILL: ESPN's Bomani Jones said Frontline’s “League of Denial” documentary was "chilling to see in great detail some of the steps that had been taken by the NFL to make sure nobody got this ridiculous idea that playing football might take years off your life” ("Highly Questionable," ESPN, 10/9).

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES: Univ. of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino added he believes that during the NCAA tournament “every parent should have a roundtrip ticket, obviously their hotels paid for, because the NCAA makes so much money.” He added, “I can’t believe our system is that antiquated that we’re not paying for parents, their hotel rooms and flights, to go to that spectacle” (“Jim Rome on Showtime,” Showtime, 10/9).

COAST TO COAST: NBC’s Bob Costas said, "You have to give (MLB Commissioner) Bud Selig a whole lot of credit on balance. He started out in shaky fashion but he's finishing in pretty strong fashion. But the one thing … he doesn't always explain his position and baseball's position in the most dynamic way. So a younger guy who is a little bit more effective in communicating baseball's direction would be a good thing" ("The BS Report," Grantland.com, 10/7).

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