Saturday, December 13, 2014

I'll Believe It When I See It - Money vs Pacman

Floyd "Money" Mayweather has publicly announced that he wants Manny Pacquaio.



We are ready. Let's make it happen. May 2. Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Let's do it.
- Floyd Mayweather Jr.


Most boxing fans have chewed through the bit, anxiously waiting for this fight of the millennium to happen.  Floyd just threw more gasoline on the fire by calling out Manny and setting a date for the rumble. Now all that needs to happen is the promoting parties gotta put pen to paper with a payoff price that makes the loser feel like a winner.  Is it possible?

I still say I'll believe it when I see those two touching gloves in the middle of the ring, but I have to say that this time hearing Mayweather give lip service to fighting Pacquaio sounded just a bit more like..................Money in the Bank!

Make It Happen!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Raiders Welcome Niners Fans to Coliseum



They came, they drank dance and shouted, and then they watched their team get bounced by the Oakland Raiders. For the most part it was a fun-spirited day for 49er fans visiting the Oakland Coliseum. Raider Nation showed them how to tailgate and get ready for a football game and they'll never be the same.

I guarantee you, that the next time those red and gold clad fans save up enough money to go to a game at sparkling new Levy Stadium in Santa Clara, they'll talk about the really good time they had over at the Raiders tailgate. And the @ss whupping their team received .





Thursday, December 11, 2014

Raiders: Champions for a Bay

QB Derek Carr outstanding in Battle of the Bay 2014


Final
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  •  
  • T
(7-6, 4-3 away)
  • 7
  • 3
  • 3
  • 0
  •  
  • 13
(2-11, 2-5 home)
  • 3
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7
  •  
  • 24
Game Leaders
S
F
  • PASS:
  • RUSH:
  • REC:
O
A
K
  • PASS:
  • RUSH:
  • REC:
Game Stats

248
330
OFF. YDS
2
0
TURNOVERS
27:05
32:55
TIME POSS



Friday, December 05, 2014

Hell on Earth - Bay Area Gridiron Battle

Like a blazing comet roaring through the football universe; its fast, furious and only comes around every so many years now.  Yep, it's the battle of the bay with the San Francisco 49ers crossing the mote to take on the Oakland Raiders.

For this game the experts can throw away all their statistics, history and current standings of these two teams.  The game is not a game; its a battle. And as battles go, their outcomes are determined only by the blood and sweat left on the battlefield that day.


This Sunday, Dec. 7th, football fans in the bay won't be reminiscing on the hell that was the Pearl Harbor attack of 1941, they'll be busy watching, and possibly participating in, a battle as real to them as a struggle for world military supremacy.  The worse place anybody can be caught this weekend is in the middle; the mote. Because come this Sunday you're either with the Niners Empire or the Raider Nation; the middle will be full of battle wounded and casualties.  Time to grab your weapon and choose you're true allegiance mate. arrghh!


Warriors Out-Duel 'The Brow"

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis, nicknamed 'The Brow', came to play in the bay and was magnificent. He had 30pts and 12rebs on the night showing that he's more than just a catchy nickname; he's an upcoming league superstar.  But against a star-studded team like the Golden State Warriors, 'The Brow' had to bow down to what in my opinion is a championship-caliber team.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Pelicans 112-85 for a franchise best eleven straight wins as well as to claim the NBA's best win-loss record (16-2.) The funny thing is the Warriors came out a bit slow, then took control and was able to put it into cruise control down the stretch.  

The second string was as exciting and productive as the first, with Livingston, Igoudala, Barbosa and my bench mvp of this young season Mareese Speights. Speights has turned up his offensive production and at times has carried the team during this historic winning streak they're in.  Keep it going Mo!

We basketball fans in the bay area gots to be careful; the Warriors are spoiling us with their dominating style of play. 

Marreese 'Mo' Speights
From Zero to Hero by Angelo Mendoza

Friday, November 28, 2014

49ers Get Roasted On Turkey Day


The San Francisco 49ers, playing a Thursday Night Thanksgiving Day game at home, were exposed and embarrassed by the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.  After two earlier Thanksgiving Day game blowouts (Eagles 33, Cowboys 10; Lions 34, Bears 17) I was ready for the highly hyped defensive battle that pitted the teams who met in last season's NFC Championship game. The match-up would save the day for the NFL.

Oh well, so much for saving grace performances in professional football.  The Seattle Seahawks played like champions while the 49ers clearly looked like 2014 pretenders.  I waited for the Niners to make that game changing play that would turn their night and make it a competitive affair.  The game changer never came and the Seahawks would walk off the field with a decisive Turkey Day victory (Seahawks 19, 49ers 3).

This day after finds sports talk radio fielding calls from irate Niner fans trying to wrap their heads around what's wrong with their team. CEO Jed York apologized to 49er fans for an unacceptable performance by his team. Now it seems the Niners, now longshots to make the playoffs, are in total disarray.  Folks are blaming everything from the head coach to the new pristine home stadium and its fair-weather fans, for the Niners drop in performance.  Its hard to believe that a team with such individual talent, coming off a super bowl appearance sandwiched by two championship games the past three years, can fall to failure so fast.

Is it possible that as a team they just aren't that good anymore?  If you ask Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman; the Niners offensively were never that good.  Who am I to argue with Sherman, the player with two interceptions in the game, seen eating a victory turkey leg while fielding questions during the post-game interview taking place atop the 49ers logo at midfield. Sherman, always a showman, bit into that turkey leg like it was the meat of sweet victory. It was!

The 49ers come to Oakland Coliseum for their next game. They'll have plenty of time to lick their wounds and try to regain the respect of their fans.  The Raiders, coming off their first win of the season, take on the St. Louis Rams this Sunday. Should the silver and black come out victorious in St. Louis, they'll be pumped to get back to the bay and attempt to stretch their winning streak to three games. Even should they lose in St. Louis, the battle of the bay is a game that needs no incentive. Never has the Raiders moniker "Just Win Baby" meant as much as this battle of the bay, where they can put a dagger in the Niners playoff hopes. Who knew that it could be the Raiders playing in a trap game this weekend, as they lick their chops looking past the Rams for a chance to take their bay rivals down a notch.

Just Win Baby!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Curry Connects On 8 Three Point Shots



The Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry were in Miami taking on the Heat.  Miami led 62-61 at half-time. Then came the second half and a surge by Stephen Curry doused any chances for the Heat to win the game. Curry was on Fire with a scorching 40pts as he led the Warriors to their sixth consecutive victory.

We knew that the Warriors would be contenders this season just by the way they performed in last seasons' playoffs.  But who knew that new head coach Steve Kerr would have them playing some of their best basketball Ever!  

The Warriors are tearing through NBA teams top to bottom, like they're in a race to reach the playoffs and revenge past season failures.  They've given notice to the league, as well as us fans, that they're not to be taken lightly this season.  

If they ended last season with a spark, then you can say coach Kerr has begun this season with a mountain brush fire blazing underneath this Warriors squad. There seems to be a burning desire by this team to go out every night and not just beat the opponent, but torch'em to a crisp. Tonight, Steph Curry set flame throwers to full blast, scorching everything in his path not wearing Warriors protective gear. So get your Hazmat suits ready, the Warriors have come out to play.

Final Score
Warriors 114
Heat 97


Top Performers

Golden State
Miami
Stephen CurryCurry
Points: 40
Reb: 6
Ast: 7
Stl: 3
Blk: 1
Chris BoshBosh
Points: 26
Reb: 9
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Flame On!

Happy Raiders Thanksgiving

Nothing beats a win before the Holidays.  The Raiders rollicking win over the Kansas City Chiefs last Thursday night was enough to carry my sports appetite through to Thanksgiving.    It was a great win that Raider Nation is still savoring the juicy flavors from.

The Oakland Coliseum was louder and prouder before, during and after the game than they've been in years. This win, anticipated by all Raiders fans, allowed us silver and black soldiers to let out all that frustration we've endured through the losses.  It gave us a national platform to roar and show exactly why we stick through it all with the Raiders; win lose or tie, you don't abandon your family.



One such family member came blustering into the coliseum on autumn winds to be honored for his 2014 induction into the NFL Hall of Fame: Ray Guy, first punter inducted into the HOF. With other Raiders HOF'ers underneath umbrellas cheering him on, Ray showed enduring class, poise and pride accepting his HOF ring in a downpour of rains. It was a special night, and the family just wasn't going to be denied anything. Congratulations Ray!

As for the Raiders on the field of play, when players wearing silver and black play bad, the uniform looks bad, but when they play good, there's no better looking uniform sweeping past defenders for a 90 yard touchdown in the NFL. Thursday night, with their silver helmets glistening under pouring rains, the Raiders looked knightly.

Sure we fans and some players celebrated boisterously like we'd just won the friggin super bowl, its been that long and that painful a losing experience. Now we move onward with a winning swagger, a villain to teams we'll face who are looking to seal playoff berths.  In the infamous words of Mr. T, "I pity the fool" coming to play the Oakland Raiders without bringing their A-game.

Final Score
Chiefs 20
Raiders 24




The Autumn Wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea,
With a rollocking song, he sweeps along,
Swaggering boisterously.
His face is weather beaten.
He wears a hooded sash,
With a silver hat about his head,
And a bristling black mustache.
He growls as he storms the country,
A villain big and bold.
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake,
As he robs them of their gold.
The Autumn Wind is a raider,
Pillaging just for fun.
He'll knock you 'round and upside down,
And laugh when he's conquered and won.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thursday Night NFL - Raiders Gonna Win

Gotta go see my Raiders pull out their first victory of the season. The Kansas City Chiefs are coming to town after defeating the super bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in their last game.  

The Chiefs are tied for first place in the AFC West division and carry a five game winning streak heading into tomorrow night's showdown with the silver and black.  I say that the Chefs are ripe for the pickings and I'll be there to see the Raiders pick them apart and get the job done. It ain't rocket science; just play some damn football.

The icing on the winning cake will be a Silver & Black Ray Guy Hall of Fame Tribute.  The former Raiders punter will be presented with a hall of fame ring at half-time. Nope, won't wanna miss that. go Ray!