The TV repairman:
JIM PALMER, on a commercial, warns, "But don't take my word for it." Now he tells us after doing Channel 2's play-by-play for a couple of years.
Speaking of Palmer, it might work out for WBAL to bring Jimbo in to do color and three innings of play-by-play with Jon Miller and Chuck Thompson. Radio's the way to learn the business if a guy's really interested.
* Funnyman (sometimes) Jay Johnstone, seeking employment after being dropped by Yankees radio, condescended to consider working Orioles radio. Only problems were WBAL didn't care whether he applied or not and, of course, he wants a king's ransom.
* When is NBC going to get the idea that all those cutesy-wutesy inside jokes may play well in New York, but sicken a national audience. Its initial pre-game NBA show was weak and that was after months of preparation and ballyhoo.
* Anyone watching the boxing on USA Network Tuesday night got a good idea of what pre- and post-fight news conferences are like, Evander Holyfield's trainer Lou Duva and George Foreman shouting unfunny comments at each other over and over, just like little kids on a playground. Why the net didn't pull the plug . . .
* CBS Video has an 82-minute cassette entitled "The Best of the U.S. Open: 1980-1990" ready for consumption at $20.
* Joe Theismann's pipes are all oiled up and ready to go as ESPN gets back into Sunday night telecasts this week with San Francisco meeting Dallas at 8 p.m. Joe says a lot of interesting stuff over the course of three hours, but it sort of becomes trivialized because he rarely stops for breath.
* SportsChannel America has added Detroit to its list of affiliates, but still it is woefully short of the number of homes it promised the NHL when their contract was signed a few years ago. Question is, will the league admit its mistake and go back to ESPN at contract time?
* The NFL proudly announces it has shipped more than 10 tons of souvenir merchandise to military personnel in the Middle East, the gesture serving two purposes: First, to say thanks; then, to remind folks worldwide that a franchise may be appearing in a city near you in the near future.
* Terry Bradshaw took his young daughters to the Texas State Fair a while back and stopped at one of those "Throw the football through a tire" booths. Zip-zip-zip, the ex-Steelers quarterback and CBS studio analyst rifled nine straight balls through the Michelin, walking off with enough stuffed animals to require an addition to his Dallas home. To this day, the guy running the stand had no idea.
* Why some guys don't open their mail. Here's a paragraph from a news release announcing Home Team Sports will be part of the Prime Network next fall: "Under the terms of the proposed agreement, ARC would require a minority interest in HTS; GWSC would acquire a minority equity interest in ARC; and HTS, which has been associated with Prime Network through a program exchange agreement between Prime launched in November 1989, would become an exclusive affiliate of Prime Network after expiration of its existing affiliation obligation."
* People get upset over the strangest things. Rayfield Wimbish writes to complain vehemently about Veep Dan Quayle being invited on "Monday Night Football" (Giants at Indianapolis) on the eve of a national election. Come on, Ray, MNF has been a vehicle for promoting ABC shows, politicians, causes and what-not for 20 years.
* "Superstars," the brainstorm of Dick Button back in 1973, returns to ABC next year. Unfortunately, the network is going to insert it in the best sports series ever devised, "Wide World of Sports."
* After having read about and perhaps watched the sorry performance of Buster Douglas against Evander Holyfield, can you believe the ex-heavyweight champ saying he'll fight again "but only if it's a big money deal"?
* A definite bummer as the Yuletide season approaches are those grating Sports Illustrated ads.
* Home Team Sports kicks off its college hoops slate of 130 games Sunday (2 p.m.) with a touring Soviet team playing Indiana. You'll be happy to learn they finally tore the red sweater off the coach of the latter, King Knight switching allegiance from Adidas to Nike.
* Here's one vote for TNT switching its NBA analysts and play-by-play men around. Keeps the guys working on their individual assignments, not just flipping it on automatic pilot.