Jack Klugman is one angry man
With much of the Newsday sports staff taking well-earned time off before year's end, I have been distracted from the blog in recent weeks by covering actual sports events.
Here is some stuff that has fallen through the cracks:
Time Warner's deal with MSG expires at the same time the ball falls in Times Square Saturday night. Each side has spent a lot of time and money telling its side publicly. If there is not a resolution, the Knicks and local hockey teams will disappear from many thousands of TV screens, primarily in the five boroughs.
Ron Duguay will play for the Rangers in the Alumni Hall game Saturday that is part of the NHL Winter Classic weekend, then take a train from Philly to New York in time to appear on MSG's "Hockey Night Live" show that evening. (Versus has the Alumni Game live; MSG will show it on delay later in the afternoon.)
Wednesday night's Knicks-Warriors game on MSG averaged 3.15% of homes in the New York area, the best such figure on MSG for a game that started after 10 p.m. ET since 2000!
Jack Klugman, who played the greatest fictional sports writer of all time, is 89 years old these days, but that won't stop him from appearing in a production of "Twelve Angry Men" in New Brunswick beginning in March. Klugman is the only surviving actor from the famous film version of the story, in which he played a young Orioles fan on the jury.
ESPN has moved its NBA studio show to L.A., in part to accommodate a larger role for Earvin (Magic) Johnson.
Nick Faldo and Johnny Miller will work a golf tournament together in Hawaii in early January.
Disturbing allegations involving long-time Philadelphia sports columnist Bill Conlin have left the BBWA in an awkward spot.