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Ted Williams, Don Ohlmeyer, Jimmy V. and Mad Dog
I am getting trained in some sort of new, improved blogging platform Wednesday, so there will be little or no posting that day.
So let's get some time-sensitive stuff out of the way now:
Item 1: HBO's latest sports documentary, "Ted Williams," debuts at 9:30 Wednesday and is well worth the 75-minute investment.
The show plays it down the middle in covering Williams, including his prickly personality and stormy personal life.
One highlight: a rare sitdown with daughter Claudia, arranged and conducted by Mary Carillo.
Item 2: I had heard ESPN was looking for someone with a TV background as its third ombudsman after two newspaper people.
Then Deadspin's A.J. Daulerio told me a month ago the leading candidate was Don Ohlmeyer. Two days later, Mr. Daulerio wrote it.
Don Ohlmeyer?! Friend of O.J.? Hirer of Dennis Miller? Sure enough, ESPN made it official Tuesday.
I have no idea whether this will work, but it should be quite fascinating to follow.
Item 3: Bidding ends at midnight Wednesday for several interesting items in 1050 ESPN's auction for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
I'm thinking about upping the current $700 offer to sit on on the Michael Kay Show. You get to invite a guest to come along if you're the high bidder. Can I bring Max Kellerman?
Item 4: Yes, I am aware of Chris Russo ripping his staff and firing his program director last week. Yes, I assume it all was a publicity stunt. Yes, I appreciate your many emails alerting me to this development. Yes, I will look into it when I get around to it.