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For Those of You Scoring at Home

Times Staff Writer

An $87-million renovation of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium includes the installation of a new scoreboard. The old scoreboard, complete with giant replay screen and controls, is being auctioned off on EBay, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported.

The minimum bid is $10,000. But before you start thinking about putting a scoreboard in the backyard, be advised that, according to the listing, the buyer has to dismantle and remove it.

For the record:

12:00 a.m. Nov. 18, 2004 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday November 18, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 59 words Type of Material: Correction
Angels name change -- A trivia item in the Morning Briefing column in Tuesday’s Sports section said the Angels baseball team was known as the Los Angeles Angels through the 1964 season. They were known as the Los Angeles Angels from 1961 through the 1965 season. The name change to California Angels was announced late in the 1965 season.

Trivia time: The Angels were originally known as the Los Angeles Angels from 1961 through the 1964 season. How long were they the California Angels before becoming the Anaheim Angels?

Sticky situation: Regarding former Times sportswriter Rich Roberts’ pointing out that Los Angeles Angels translates in Spanish to “The Angels Angels,” several readers pointed out that La Brea Tar Pits translates to “The Tar Tar Pits.”

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Reader Dick Olsen of Santa Monica suggested: “And just where should The Angels Angels play? Why, at The Tar Tar Pits, of course.”

A typo waiting to happen: One problem with the name “Los Angeles Angels” is that it lends itself to a typographical error. An ESPN2 news release pointing out that L.A. City Council President Alex Padilla would be a guest on the “Cold Pizza” program included this synopsis: “Padilla will discuss whether the Anaheim Angels will become the Los Angeles Angeles.”

Speaking of typos: It’s a wonder the people who do the typing for closed-captioning on television don’t make more mistakes than they do. But occasionally a doozy slips through.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post reported recently that closed captioning on ABC informed viewers that Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson, a Dick Butkus Award finalist, “will certainly be considered for the ‘Butt Kiss Award.’ ”

Old cliche, new twist: Northern Illinois is no longer ranked after losing to Toledo, 31-17, in a game played last Tuesday night to accommodate ESPN2. Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune wrote, “That’s the trouble with college football: Anything can happen on any given Tuesday.”

Bay Area blues: San Francisco reader Janice Hough says, “A thought for you folks in Los Angeles: There are worse things than not having an NFL team.”

The 49ers and Raiders have combined for four victories.

Looking back: On this day in 2002, Ghostzapper, the winner of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, made his racing debut at Hollywood Park. Ghostzapper was so lightly regarded that he went off at 11-1. The most notable news regarding his longshot victory was that it helped key a Pick Six carry-over of $114,086.

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Trivia answer: 32 seasons -- from 1965 through ’96.

And finally: Greg Norman, introducing Isao Aoki upon his induction to the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday: “I think he’s the Arnold Palmer of Japanese golf. To travel from your home shores is not an easy task.”

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Larry Stewart can be reached at larry.stewart@latimes.com.

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