Doug Kelly: Many games at legendary broadcasters

Two longtime college football administrators responded, “Much ado about nothing,” when asked about the Alliance between the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12.

“It’s a knee-jerk reaction to the SEC’s Big 12 raid on Texas and Oklahoma,” one said.

The point of the man is well taken. Of the 132 FBS schools, around 20 to 25 have a realistic chance of winning the national championship.

The Pac-12 continues to fight for national recognition. This cannot happen unless and until USC comes back to the forefront. The conference could help later with better programming and late afternoon kicks off to maximize television visibility.

* The most prominent pitcher in all of baseball is Gavin Weir, a 12-year-old from Sioux Falls, SD Weir threw two hits in the Little League World Series and, over the summer, struck out 114 of the 132 batters on strikes he faces.

* ESPN baseball analyst Eduardo Perez is a pleasant and knowledgeable listener. Perez took part in the telecast of the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres 16-innings marathon last Wednesday.

* Unfair competitive advantage: The Atlanta Braves were off Wednesday and Thursday after two home games against the New York Yankees.

The San Francisco Giants played three nightly games in New York against the Mets, then flew to Atlanta Thursday night to start a three-way game with the Braves on Friday. Which team will be better rested? At the very least, Thursday’s Giants-Mets tilt should have been a day game.

* Of all the legendary Giants broadcasters from the team’s arrival in San Francisco in 1958 until today, only one, Lon Simmons, has shown games at all three of the team’s stadiums: Seals Stadium , Candlestick Park and Oracle Park.

* The Yankees, fans of the team from across the country often travel great distances to see, drew 8,147 fans to the Oakland Coliseum in Game 1 of a four-game series with the A’s.

As colleague Mark Kreidler noted in his weekly blog, what remains of A’s fanbase is completely tied to owner John Fisher and the awkward way the franchise is operated. The best solution is for A’s to be sold to people who will care about the organization and raise it from the ashes of where it is now.

* In New York, the Yankees gathered more than 8,147 people in a crowded 4 or D train bound for Yankee Stadium. Your correspondent was once among them.

* Where are they now?

Willie Lanier remains one of the most impactful and cerebral middle linebackers in NFL history. He graduated from Morgan State University and played from 1967 to 1977 for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Lanier had 27 career interceptions and was the first African-American professional linebacker. He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1986. After retiring from football, Lanier was as successful in the boardroom as he was on the pitch.

Now 76, Lanier lives in Midlothian, Virginia and is the CEO of investment firm Lanier Group LLC. He also serves on the board of directors of numerous charitable causes in the Virginia area.

* In his first start for the Calgary Stampeders, former UC Davis quarterback Jake Meier completed 16 of 29 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown. Calgary’s next game is today in Winnipeg.

* Millions of NFL fans now share something in common with Aaron Rodgers. Neither they nor he threw a pre-season pass for the Green Bay Packers.

The longtime radio and television man of color on UC Davis football shows, Doug Kelly is Director of Communications for Battlefields2Ballfields and Managing Partner of Kelly & Associates. Contact him at [email protected]


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