April 25, 2014

Set Your TiVOs: “Scully & Wooden” Airs Tonight

As the remembrances for the great John Wooden slowly wind down, there’s one final moment that’s worth catching, and it’s the 90-minute discussion that former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully had with columnist T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times on June 18, 2008 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. 

“Scully and Wooden…for the Kids” was a one-time benefit for the Mattel Children’s Hospital and covered a variety of topics, but as Jon Weisman noted back in 2008, the conversation did not focus on the expected topics of basketball and baseball, but rather reflected on their lives, as well as more philosophical topics such as life and death.  Getting Wooden and Scully to participate in such an even at such a time in their lives is really quite something, and I believe this is the first time this program has been rebroadcast.

According to T.J. Simers, the program is scheduled to air on Fox Sports West immediately following the conclusion of tonight’s Dodger game.   Truly a ”must watch” for Angelinos and sports fans everywhere.

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times

Vin Scully’s Live Tribute to Coach John Wooden

Rest in peace, Coach Wooden!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIHaSvPM554[/youtube]

UPDATE: “Scully & Wooden…for the Kids” will be rebroadcast TONIGHT (Monday, June 7th), following the conclusion of the Dodgers-Cardinals game.  This is a “must watch” for Wooden fans everywhere.

Scully to Head to Boston with Dodgers

Pretty cool news to hear that Vin Scully is heading to Boston with the Dodgers.  The legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster will call the first game of the series on Friday, June 18.  I’m actually a little surprised he’s not staying for the other games after making the long trip, but maybe he doesn’t want to mess up Charlie Steiner and Rick Monday’s routine on the radio (FOX and ESPN have the television rights over the weekend). 

Traditionally, Scully does not travel east of Denver for any regular season games, but with Manny’s return, it certainly has the feel of a special series.

Per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:

The game, with a 4:10 p.m. PT start time, will be televised on Prime Ticket and broadcast on flagship radio station KABC 790 AM. Scully calls the entire televised version, with the first three innings simulcast on radio.

And speaking of legends, John Wooden, the great forner UCLA basketball coach, is reportedly in the hospital and in grave condition.  Send him a good thought or prayer – it sounds like he needs it.