EVEN IF ITS coverage of the National League Championship Series turns out to be as uneventful as Round 1, TBS just might impact the future of baseball this postseason.

The network's coverage began not with a divisional-series game but with the wild-card tiebreaker between the Padres and Rockies. If you were watching football last Monday, you missed a true classic.

TBS was there, but it probably wishes it hadn't been, because its failure to prove whether Matt Holliday touched home plate on the final play of the game was embarrassing. And at the same time, it quite possibly killed any chance technology might some day be called upon to change incorrect calls in baseball.

If TBS could have captured Holliday missing the plate (I'm convinced he never got past Michael Barrett's shinguard), sports fans nationwide would have been outraged by the fact a team was eliminated from postseason play by a bogus call. The uproar undoubtedly would have gotten video-review back on the baseball agenda this winter and made it difficult for the ultraconservative keepers of the game to continue to stray from the NBA and NFL in moving into the 21st century.

Alas, TBS blew it. And Barrett did, too, for his lack of protest is why some people believe Holliday reached the plate and the Rockies legitimately advanced.

Where's ESPN when you need it?

As the world Turners ...

OK, despite the colossal blunder, I feel sorry for TBS ...

- The mere sight of Ernie Johnson in the studio conjures up memories of decades of bad broadcasting by tunnel-visioned Braves announcers. It's a deficit no rally could possibly overcome.

- Getting stuck with the Rockies and Diamondbacks in the NLCS is a fate no one deserves.

- You'd love to end ultrabland Cal Ripken's consecutive postgame streak at 15, but that just can't happen. And, anyway, he's less awful than Frank Thomas.

- Even when it does something right — staggering the games so all can be shown on the same channel — it gets criticized. Then again, maybe less of Ripken and Thomas would be a good thing.

Worst thing I saw all week

I don't know about you, but I haven't stopped itching since experiencing the great gnat attack in Cleveland in high-def. Not a chamber-of-commerce moment, that's for sure.

Three you gotta see

- Warriors vs. Lakers (today, 10 p.m., FSN): The Kosta Perovic era begins in Hawaii.

- Raiders at Chargers (Sunday, 1:15 p.m., CBS): Short of having the NFL Sunday Ticket, it'll provide your first look at the Patriots-Cowboys showdown, which won't be seen in this market.

- BCS standings announcement (Sunday, 4:15 p.m., Fox): Those in the know say Cal currently resides at No. 3, behind Ohio State, in the only poll that matters.

Scanning the airwaves

Saying, "Cal is where I went to school, and it's very important to me," Roxy Bernstein, the radio voice of Bears basketball, refused to commit full time to the Florida Marlins and was replaced after three seasons on their broadcast team. ... FSN Bay Area will replay Stanford's incredible upset of USC on Wednesday night at 8. ...

Here's another problem with TBS: About 15 percent of all households in the United States don't get it. And if you don't: The network is not allowing local channels to carry the games. ... Baron Davis is authoring a blog on

Yardbarker.com. This week he wonders: What design would you like to see him shave into his beard?

What's the best — or dumbest — thing you heard all week? Dave Del Grande accepts nominations, as well any media-related comments, via e-mail at dave@bayareanewsgroup.com.