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 first 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!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

MLB - Just For The Record

Because the New York driven sports media find it hard to look back on the amazing accomplishments of the 2014 San Francisco Giants championship run, I post it here. We SF fans must remember that the Giants 1958 exodus from New York will never be forgiven in that northeast metropolis.  Too bad, they're missing out on some historic big league baseball.  Could be worse, they could be hatin' on the San Francisco Yankees!

There is one other reason for the media hatin' so on the Giants; viewer ratings. The Giants brand of baseball takes a baseball fan's knowledge of the game in order to appreciate the full package. Even seasoned fans see things during a Giants game that they've never seen before.  Based on articles like this one in Forbes Magazine (Boring San Francisco Giants Threaten World Series Ratings - Again!) viewers want a barrage of home runs, dominating starting pitchers and circus-like outfielders climbing walls to steal home runs in every game. Well as a Giants Fan I only got one comment to all that: NoT Up In Here!

Lest they ever forget the 2014 postseason, here it is in all its Giants glory:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

College Football Playoff Picture Gettin Horney (TCU)

I'm writing about TCU college football not because I'm a big fan of theirs and not because I think they're the best college team in the game today.  I'm not spiritually inspired by a team affiliated with the Disciples of Christ (Texas Christian University) and the color purple hasn't moved me since the singing artist Prince did the movie Purple Rain in 1984.

No, I'm writing about TCU football because they have one of the most ugly, yet unique mascots in sports; the Horned Frog. The horned frog, or toad as some call it, refers to the Texas Horned Lizard, a spikey-bodied reptile that is not a frog at all.  Its fierce appearance makes it ideal as a tough team mascot, though in reality its of small size (fits in the palm of a hand) and docile demeanor.  The prehistoric looking critter could fit right in with monsters from a Godzilla movie if you super-sized it, as most monster movies do.   

There have been some strangely named mascots in the history of sports, but I have to admit that this one caught my attention.  First time I'd heard of the TCU Horned Frogs was in 2011 when they won the Rose Bowl. If the lizard is as relentless as the football team was that day, then its no creature to be taken lightly. Here's what's written in wikipedia about the lizard's defense mechanisms:

Defensive behavior[edit]

Although its coloration generally serves as camouflage against predation, when threatened by a predator, a horned lizard will puff up and become very fat, which causes its body scales to protrude, making it difficult to swallow. The Texas horned lizard, along with at least three other species of the genus Phrynosoma, also has the ability to squirt an aimed stream of blood from the corners of the eyes and sometimes from its mouth for a distance of up to 5 ft (1.5 m). This not only confuses would-be predators, but also the blood is mixed with a chemical that is foul-tasting to canine predators such as wolvescoyotes, and domestic dogs. The blood can destroy habitats, and is very effective in defense.

Back to football.  The 2014 TCU squad find themselves ranked #4 and in the inaugural college football playoff picture.  There's more football to be played, but I plan on keeping an eye on this TCU team as they try making history by qualifying and winning the first college football playoff tournament.  I suspect they'll be puffing up to ward off would-be predators these next few weeks.  GoFrogs!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Raiders Still My Champion - Win, Lose or Tie

0-8 and still fighting & hungry for victory. That's my Raiders baby, and that's why I wear silver & black. 

Raider Nation isn't something you join to be cool; you can't just buy the jersey Sunday morn and feel all the love and pain by kickoff. You gotta be born into the nation through blood, sweat and tears. 

Raiders fans are proud to have earned the right to be Raiders fans. The agony of defeat carves the way toward the thrills of victory for a Raiders fan. You earn your stripes in this here nation. Nothing easy. And the beauty of it all is it's never too early or too late to get baptized silver & black. Who loves you baby!

Kerr, Curry & Klay - Warriors Roll

Our Golden State Warriors are off to their best start in eons (20 years to be exact) as they move to 4-0 to start the NBA season.  New head coach Steve Kerr has the team playing like a contender early. They were exciting to watch last season, but something has changed to make them better.

Tonight the highly regarded Los Angeles Clippers visited Oaktown and the Warriors brought them down a few notches by dominating in every phase of the game. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut and practically the entire team showed up and showed off. Leading by 20+ pts from the second quarter onward, the Warriors seemed as if they were toying with the Clips and at times almost had a globetrotter look to them. 

Everyone contributed in the win and I have to say, if this is a preview of what to expect throughout the season, Golden State is in the championship conversation. I know its early, but I believe they've got a good shot at making it to the big show. Time will tell. The boys can shoot, defend and create open shots for one another, what more could you ask for in a young and hungry team?

If this team can stay healthy we are truly in for a treat.  Why not tune into them early in the season, especially since bay area NFL football looks bleak.  This is a NBA season no bay area sports fan should miss.

It's time to start wearing the blue and gold folks. The Warriors have come out to play.

Final Score
Clippers 104
Warriors 121

Coming To A T-Shirt Near You

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Best Halloween Treat Ever; A MLB Championship Parade Cometh


This Halloween Friday will be all treats and no tricks here in San Francisco as the World Series Champion Giants ride, walk, strut and funky chicken their way down Market Street. They've earned the right to be honored with the keys to the city as baseball fans throughout the SF Bay come out to show their gratitude. 

Its become a bi-annual confetti-filled celebration and although rain is likely, nothing stops a champion or its fan base from showing up to give each other a hearty round of applause for a job well done. I must say that this celebration will be as much if not more dreamlike than the past two simply because this bunch of miSFits had to gut it out right down to the last out of a World Series game 7. 

The Giants took October Torture to a new level in 2014. Some of that might've been due to the magic of the Kansas City Royals, but what about St. Louis, Washington and Pittsburgh, who all came into series favored to beat the Giants. There's simply no logical explanation for the many ways the Giants overcame and outplayed so-called better talented teams this post-season. 

I guess you just have to chock it up to that all encompassing adjective called Team Work. I like this defintion of what a team is and is not, listed on wikepedia: A group does not necessarily constitute a team. Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.

Come tomorrow, October 31, 2014, San Francisco will honor their champion baseball team with a parade and world series trophy ceremony that turns adults into babbling babies and babies into seasoned jersey wearing fans. It's Christmas in San Francisco Folks and we owe the early gift to that team that wears orange and black and keeps making believers out of us all every other year. Thank You Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants! 

 Did You Realize, That You Are A Champion In Their Eyes!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kansas City Who? Giants Win Another World Series

Game 7
On The Road
Coming Off A 10-0 Blowout
Nobody Outside Their Fans Gave Them A Chance

The San Francisco Giants placed Fire-On-The-Mountain pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, on the mound in relief in the fifth inning with a 3-2 lead.  And the rest is Baseball History!

Even better: Giants add 2014 Series title to '10, '12