Friday, December 31, 2010

Was The Fix In On The BCS Pinstripe Bowl?


Of course this could only happen in New York or Chicago, where organized, or disorganized, crime is still alive and well with both hands still in the sports cookie jar. Just ask Kansas State's football organization who were the unfortunate recipients of a questionable referee's call in the BCS Pinstripe Bowl played in the Bronx, New York.

The Excessive Celebration, that brought about the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called by one of Todd Geerling's officiating crew ,was a military style salute by Wildcat Adrian Hillburn after scoring a touchdown. Come On Man!

No wonder it was named the Pinstripe Bowl. Never mind the Yankees in stripes, its the referees in zebra shirts who put their historic stamp on this stadium. Expect to see the black lines on Referee shirts become thinner next season.

Forever to be known as the "Bronx Salute," the penalty is a true stain on the sportsmanship of NCAA college sports. The call did not necessarily lose the game for the Wildcats, but it forced them to attempt a 17-yard two-point conversion instead of a two yarder. The Wildcats failed on the extra point attempt and New York's Syracuse Orangemen would go on to win the game 36-34 in the first football game to be played at new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.


For you geography-challenged sports dunces, the Bronx is one of the five boroughs that make up New York City. How Convenient for the Orangemen and the New York bookies!

Youtube interviews with author of "The Fix Is In":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3sYMISTsPU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUw9FGCAEIY

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sports Photos Remembered


I think one of the slickest photos of a sports figure taken in recent years is this one of Jamarcus Russell. It screams of success and style. If you didn't know the "Jamarcus Story" you'd think he were a young prince of an African nation taking a leisurely stroll before attending some kind of international summit in Germany. Or he could be the richest and most powerful leader of a drug cartel on his way to court after being indicted on petty smuggling charges. The picture says everything except the truth, and that is what makes it so powerful.

The power of illusion in pictures and advertising is very real and something to be aware of at all times my friends. Sooner or later the truth comes leaking out from under the cover and the viewing public gets to be shocked back into reality.
The truth in this picture is that Jamarcus had lost his focus on football the moment his zillion-dollar first round draft contract was inked. Someone put a fur coat on him and told him he was "On Top Of The World, and he believed it. We fans wanted to believe it too, but then the illusion began to leak and we were left with a horrible sight on the field and off.

But the picture still lives and will always remain as a reminder of what could have been. The questions the picture always aroused in me are; was he coming or going, is the plane his and what kind of sneakers go with a maxi-fur coat?

Happy New Year Jamarcus Wherever you Are!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NFL's Becoming A Bunch of Wussies



Oh Well, the Sunday game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings was postponed against the Xmas wishes of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. On Tuesday night the Vikings made wussies of the favored hometown Eagles in a 24-14 upset of Michael Vick and company.

Governor Rendell was on hand, though not in his usual seat, to watch his NFL team get beaten down by the Purple People Eaters of Minnesota. But you've gotta give it to the Gov. who threw out the wussie comment on Sunday after hearing of the postponement, he sat there Tuesday in freezing temperatures with bald head exposed while his team took the beatdown and was denied a shot at a number 2 seeding in the playoffs. The Eagles will play three games in eleven days and will need at least one playoff road win to get to the Super Bowl.

Hey Ed, the Chinese say that only wussies need a bye-week and home-field advantage in the playoffs to get to the Super Bowl. They claim they can do it while acting as Governor of Pennsylvania and solving calculus problems, what say you?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monta Ellis Playing Like An All-Star

Monta Ellis’ 39.7 ppg led the league for the week and helped Golden State to a 2-1 mark, which included wins over the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers. Ellis topped 36 points in all three outings, including a sparkling 44-point performance on 15-of-20 shooting from the field in the Warriors’ lone loss of the week, a 121-112 setback vs. Houston. Ellis also chipped in with 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals on the week. (insidehoops.com)

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis was named Western Conference Player of the Week yesterday with an average of 37.7 points, 7 assists and 3 steals in three games. In the Eastern Conference Lebron James was named Conference Player. Of more importance is that the Warriors are finally healthy and finding a chemistry with one another on the basketball court.

Monta, nicknamed the Mississippi Bullet, had another double-double last night in a win against the Portland Trailblazers, the Warriors third straight. I haven't had much to post about the Warriors since the "We Believe" season of 2007, but with a new coach, new ownership and a new cast of talented players around him, the Mississippi Bullet packs a more powerful charge.

Look out NBA, The Golden State Warriors are coming out to Play!

Sports Illustrated Covers SF GIants Pitcher


On the Cover: Tim Lincecum, Baseball, San Francisco Giants
Photographed by: Walter Iooss / SI

Well at least Sports Illustrated magazine is paying their respects to the best pitcher not playing for the Philadelphia Phillies. San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, the freak who beat Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers twice in the World Series, pops open a bottle of champagne to celebrate bringing in the New Year as a World Champion. Attaboy Tim!

IT's Good To Be The Champ!

Monday, December 27, 2010

R&B Singer Teena Marie Passes





Singer Teena Marie will always be a part of my musical heritage. As a teenager in the late 1970's early 80's, Teena kept us who were tasting the new fruits of Rap connected to Funk & R&B. She wasn't the only female R&B singer carrying the flame, but she was unique in being white with the sound and soul of a black singer.

I dedicate this post to a dear friend of Teena's who I'm fortunate to call friend as well, Lynn Garcia. We as fans who grew up with Teena feel your loss Lynn. May you find comfort in knowing that Teena's life brought joy to a rainbow of peoples on this earth. You should feel blessed to have played a very close role in her life. We'll all miss her soul.

Healing blessings go out to Teena's daughter Alia Rose. It appears that your mom loved you as much as her Lord loved her. Trust that she's as comfortable in the Lord's Mansion as she is in your heart and soul, the two places she'll always be at home in.


Rest Well Lady-T

Mary Christine Brockert

(March 5, 1956 - December 26, 2010)

better known by her stage name Teena Marie

Saturday, December 25, 2010

All Hands On Deck!




This weekend the Raiders will need everyone from Coach Cable to long snapper Jon Condo on deck and ready to do battle. They're facing a battleship commanded by one of the fiercest admirals ever to chart a football field.

Quarterback Peyton Manning and his 2009 AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts are motoring toward Northern California on a search and destroy mission and set to drop anchor at the Oakland Coliseum this Sunday. The Colts, battle weary and bruised, haven't steered through opponents with ease like last season on their way to Super Bowl XLIV, but with fearless Admiral Manning at the helm the ship is still a threat to any opponents playoff hopes.

The Oakland Raiders playoff hopes hang by a thread. We'll know before the first volley of gunfire cracks the Coliseum's crisp autumn air Sunday whether that playoff thread is salvageable. But word in Oaktown is that this is about more than just the frickin playoffs.

The Raiders are armed and ready to fight a ferocious battle to reclaim their reputation as a pillaging and plundering crew feared in decades past. The plan is to blow any and all enemy craft to bits. This Sunday the white and blue clad Colts are the enemy invading our territory. So let them bring it, we'll turn that blue horsehoe on their helmets upside down.

Coach Tom Cable's message to his players as well as the Raider Nation Fans:


Bring Me Everyone!
E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

38 Years Of An Immaculate Deception





1972 Steelers vs. Raiders Playoff Program ("Immaculate Reception")
So selected by NFL Films, and now universally esteemed as the greatest play in NFL history, the Immaculate Reception sealed an improbable win for the Steelers over Oakland in the 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff Game. With about 70 seconds left in the 4th quarter, Pittsburgh's offense was mid-field and on the short end of a 7-6 score. It was fourth-and-long for the hometown eleven, and the Steelers seemed doomed to defeat. Bradshaw fired a desparation pass toward Frenchy Fuqua who, at the instant of expected completion, collided with Oakland defender Jack Tatum. The ball ricocheted aimlessly, but an alert Franco Harris snatched the errant pass before it hit the turf, scrambled to the end zone and a Pittsburgh victory. The most symbolic keepsake from that famous contest - the Official Program - is here available.


While listening to ESPN news today I heard an analyst state that today marked the 38-year anniversary of the "Immaculate Deception." Those outside of the Raider Nation call the last second reception by Franco Harris on that day immaculate, but we silver and black folks know better. The league has been sticking it to us long before Pittsburgh Steelers running back Frenchy Fuqua had quarterback Terry Bradshaw's pass karoom off he and Jack Tatum, then get scooped out of the air by Steeler Franco Harris. The play was an illegal touch by the offense and should never had stood. The Raiders ought be hailed as winning that 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff game 7-6.

Why would ESPN remind us of such a play? Because those outside of our Silver & Black nation have been deceived to believe it one of the best plays in the history of professional sports ever caught on tape. The deception lives and so does the conspiracy against the Oakland Raiders. But as the saying goes, what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger.

Win, Lose or Tie, Raider til I Die!

Sideways - These Feelings Won't Go Away




Heard this song by Citizen Cope , featuring Carlos Santana, in a movie titled "Ghost Town." Most of us have been where this song takes you. Dealing with those feelings of loss or rejection causes your world to stop on a dime. That's when we begin reflecting and trying to make sense of it all. After beating ourselves up over what we did or didn't do we hope to come out of it with some semblance of sanity.

This song, along with the mind settling car ride shown in this video, hint to that moment of truth in our lives. We go through lows and aloneness in order to appreciate the highs and loving relationships. We need others to care about in order to feel completely human in our lives. The pain caused by loss is a temporary one, so don't let your feelings push you to that point of no return. Time heals as well as teaches.

"This too shall pass"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dr. Walter Freeman as "The Lobotomist"

CHILLING!

Who Knew that the breakthrough medical procedure of the late 1940's would be condemned as barbaric and ineffective within a decade? This PBS documentary is mesmerizing in its telling of not only the treatment of mental illness but the famed treator. Dr. Walter Freeman, at the time considered a pioneer and innovator in the treatment of mental illness, is believed to have been a man who truly wanted to help patients of this disease during a time when America's asylums could only house them in deplorable conditions with no hope for cure or release.

I really enjoyed how this documentary gave the history and circumstances that culminated in Dr. Freeman's decade of free reign to practice Prefrontal Orbital Lobotomy on mental patients with the blessings of the medical profession. His lobotomy procedure was hailed so convincingly as a cure-all by reputable medical organizations (Johns Hopkins) and print media that Joseph Kennedy, the millionaire father of future president John F. Kennedy, asked for and authorized Dr. Freeman to perform his groundbreaking procedure on daughter Rosemary Kennedy. Rosemary would never be the same.

You have to see this documentary to feel in your bones the chilling effects of the instruments and procedure Dr. Freeman used. A tool that looked like an icepick was inserted right above the eyeball under the eyelid near the upper nasal area. A small mallet was used to strike the icepick forcing it through bone and wedging it into the frontal lobe of the brain. The good doctor then moved the device left to right and up and down scrambling the membrane known as the Thalamus. Mind you Dr. Freeman came up with this procedure as a cost-effective alternative to his drilling holes in patient’s skulls and scooping at the Thalamus. The procedure could be done in four minutes flat.

And take a guess at what pharmaceutical drug helped end the reign of Dr. Freeman's brain scrambling procedure? Thorazine. Thorazine was initially marketed as the "chemical lobotomy."

Dr. Freeman's commitment to his beliefs as well as his drive for historical fame most likely blinded him to the reality of lobotomy as a failure. As for the American Medical profession, who at first backed then abandoned their support of Dr. Freeman, we as sufferers of all illnesses in America should be forewarned. When hearing of new groundbreaking medical procedures and medicines today we should stop, get the facts and then question those pushing the newly discovered breakthrough on us. It just may be a faster, cheaper way to treat the poor or those without healthcare. But the real question is does it work? The Horror!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

RAIDERS 39 - broncos 23

#20 Darren mcFadden slithers through Bronco defenders

The Oakland Raiders fought QB Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos to a 17-17 standstill in the first half. Then, after hearing a shout-full from coach Cable in the locker room, the Raiders came out and scored 22 points while limiting the Broncos to two field goals. Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow may have won a few battles in his debut today, but the Oakland Raiders won the war in convincing fashion.

Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed for 119 yards putting him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season. D-Mac has 1,112 rushing yards on the season and deserves being voted to the pro bowl. After watching #20 slither and slide through the Broncos defense all day, I realized what great Raiders running back he reminds me of; the mvp of Super Bowl XVIII, #32 Marcus Allen.

Jacoby "lightening in cleats" Ford, Marcel Reece, Sebastian Janikowski, Jason Campbell, Big John Henderson, Michael Bush, Tyvon Branch, Jared Veldheer. All had outstanding performances in the win today.

Thanks for playing your butts off and keeping our Raider Nation playoff hopes alive for another week soldiers. The Raiders have their best record (7-7) in week 14 since playoff days of 2002. We may not make it to the playoffs this season, but we've definitely stepped closer to sniffing the Lombardi Trophy come 2011.

On a day where Bay Area storms threatened with heavy rain and gusty wind, I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else in the world but the Oakland Coliseum, watching the Raiders pillage and plunder the Denver Broncos for the second time this season. We fans enjoyed laughing as they conquered and won.

Final Score
Broncos 23
Raiders 39

Friday, December 17, 2010

Raiders & Broncos On Sunday - R U Ready?

I'm re-posting this article with the video clip about past Raiders/Broncos battles. These AFC West Division rivals meet for the 97th time this Sunday at the home of the Raiders. It'll be wet, cold and muddy with steaming hatred and madness billowing up from the bloody playing field. It's an event that echos the brutality of clashes between Spartans and Persians, Crusaders and Mohammedans, Allies and Axis Powers. And Nobody builds the tension of an anticipated action-packed event like Samuel L. Jackson. Nobody!

october 19, 2009
I've always applauded the acting talent of Samuel L. Jackson. He just has a natural ability at lighting up a scene with real life drama.

I came across this Monday Night Football intro with him that adds evidence to why he's such a great dramatic actor. Watch as the slick smile, the disturbing stare, the rising voice of hysterical anger all culminate into this heated introduction of a clash between two rival teams. This he pulls off while sitting immobile in a chair with only the close-up camera shots and spliced in highlight reel as illusions of movement. The beauty of his escalating delivery is that its convincingly directed toward you, the viewer, as a challenge. So are you ready for some football? Well, are you Punk?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Philly Rotation Best Ever? Just Ask The SF GIants


So what does the San Francisco Giants pitching staff have to do to get a little respect from Major Legaue Baseball and its staff writers, win another National League Championship against the Philadelphia Phillies with Cliff Lee in their rotation? No Problemo!

Now that the Phillies have reacquired pitcher Cliff Lee from the American League champion Texas Rangers, all the talk is focused on how great the Phillies rotation of Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels and Lee will be in 2011.

Must we SF Giants fans remind MLB of our pitching staff's domination over all four of these pitchers in the 2010 league championship and world series games? I suppose those outside of San Francisco are still having a hard time believing what they saw the Giants accomplish in the post season. It's okay, we fans of the 2010 World Series Champion Giants were also guilty of doubting the Giants ability to beat your so-called best. But now that they've beaten your best, we consider the Giants pitching staff of Lincecum, Caine, Sanchez, Bumgardner, Wilson and all those in-between to be the best.
San Francisco Chronicle writer Gwen Knapp points out in her rebuttal article on the Phillies "fearsome foursome," that only ONE has won the ultimate prize of a World Series while the younger Giants rotation owns bragging rights with FOUR.

So go ahead and ignore or overlook the accomplishments of our Championship Giants pitching staff, we'll forgive you your lapses of judgement in recent MLB playoffs forecasting. Its not everyday that a team of miSFits comes along and proves all the experts wrong. See what ESPN and other so-called experts wrongly predicted about Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers before they faced the NL Champion Giants. Careful what you read and believe folks:


Monday, December 13, 2010

NEW YORK JETS MINUTE - Come-on-Man



What's the old saying? If you ain't cheatin you ain't tryin! Here is the best example of that saying in action.

A New York Jets assistant coach, Sal Alosi, caught on tape tripping a Miami Dolphins player during a game. The Jets would lose the game and the coach would give a statement of apology afterward saying he "showed a lapse in judgement."

Lapse In Judgement? Come On Sal! Man Up. You were trying to gain an edge in a low scoring battle and resorted to Lower East Side Bowery Boy tactics. We saw the tape.

Folks in New York are probably pissed not at the attempted sideline assault, but at the schmuck coach gettin caught. The rest of our hard-working, "teach your kids to play fair," country are ashamed of the worm crawling around the core of the Big Apple's professional football franchise.

Come On Sal! At least LIE with better judgement.


Siddha tradition shared in excerpt from book


Part of an email I sent to a friend years ago-


I want to share this bit of the book with you. I'm sure you'll understand it. In all of the book's chapters the Guru starts and ends it by saying, “With great respect and love, I welcome you with all my heart.”

Enjoy this:

The next requirement for discipleship is purity. You might think that once there is humility, there is also purity, and this is true. However, we need to cultivate this purity through cleanliness of mind, speech, and body. All need to be cleansed, one by one.

I said before that we may be quite nonviolent on the outside, but what about our thoughts? In the same way, outside we might appear very clean, but what about inside? Do we feel clean? Do we feel worthy all the time, wherever we are? Do we have a constant experience of our own purity?

Jnaneshwar Maharaj continues: If the heart is not pure, The display of outer actions Serves only to deceive others, Like adorning a dead body, Bathing a donkey in a holy river, Sprinkling a bitter pumpkin with sugar, Hanging flags on a deserted and broken-down house, Pasting food on the body of a starving man, Laying gold over an empty dome, Or painting fruit made of clay.

If there is no purity inside, external purity is in vain. Inner purity comes about only through discipleship. When we are humble and unpretentious, when we become nonviolent inside, when we have a forgiving and upright nature, when we serve, then there is purity, which can also be called integrity.

This integrity, and nothing else, holds us together. Inner purity is our strength, our solid foundation.

And this will always be there, no matter what our outer circumstances may be. The whole house may be broken, but the foundation will remain.

Raiders Lose Game Of Big Plays


I worked all weekend and didn't see the high scoring game between the Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars. Sunday when I heard the Raiders were up 24-14 in the third quarter I went back to work cheery-eyed and gleeful. I admit, I thought the game was in the bag.

What I didn't know was that the game was full of big plays both early and late, the latter two being a Jags 65 yard kickoff return with under two minutes left in a tie game to setup a 30 yard touchdown run by Jags RB Jones-Drew to to seal it.

The Oakland Raiders fought like road warriors this weekend but came up short of their goal. A win would've inched them closer to AFC West division leader Kansas City Chiefs who were shutout by the San Diego Chargers yesterday 31-0.
With three games left the Raiders still have a window of opportunity to win the division and make the playoffs, but its a very tiny window with many challenging obstacles to overcome, like Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts a day after Christmas. Even Santa has a hard time fitting through that window!





Win, Lose or Tie...............Raider 'Til I Die!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Oakland Raiders Sweep San Diego Chargers

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain, right, puts a hit on San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles in the first half during their NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in San Diego. Sproles stayed down on the field after the hit, before being attended to by team trainers. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) ( Denis Poroy )



If you'd listened to Jim Nantz and Dan Fouts call the game on television you'd have thought the Raiders didn't deserve to be on the same field as the San Diego Chargers. Such was the privilege of the opposing team having a former Chargers quarterback fill-in for Phil Simms in the broadcast booth. So what else is knew when it comes to things going against the Oakland Raiders?

Thanks to the dominating play of the Oakland Raiders in all phases of the game, we fans of the Silver & Black got to witness a rarity in broadcasting while watching our team bounce back from a two game losing streak. The broadcasting team of Nantz and Fouts seemed so unprepared for a Raiders day of domination that their programming sounded flat and detached from the reality taking place on the field. It was a good example of what you see on the field and what you hear from the booth not being in sync. Maybe the Raiders haven't given broadcasters much to talk about the past few years, but aren't announcers supposed to bring an unbiased professionalism and honest reportage of action taking place on the field?

Right up to the end of the fourth quarter the broadcasters sounded their hopes for a San Diego victory with discussions of Chargers past western division dominance and QB Phillip River's comeback wins this season. They talked about Rivers and TE Antonio Gates like they were the Tom Brady and Wes Welker duo of the west. It didn't matter that the Raiders limited the Chargers #2 ranked offense to two field-goals in the first half and one touchdown in the second half. It was as if they'd bet on a sure thing and now had to be gracious in losing the wager. How shocking could a Raiders win be when the the first match-up between the two teams this season was won by the Raiders? Come-On-Man!

Meanwhile, the Raiders played Raider Football executing and making plays. QB Jason Campbell gets a game ball for his leadership and Houdini act on that flawless bootleg fake and run for a touchdown. Running Backs Darren McFadden & Michael Bush carried the offense and punished the Chargers with an in-your-face ground game. The offensive and defensive lines won their battles up front sparking the domination their backfields would enjoy. Defense was back to their run stuffing ways limiting the Chargers to 21 total rushing yards. 21 TOTAL RUSHING YARDS folks and the broadcasters barely whispered a peep about it during the game.

The concussing legal hit that Raiders linebacker Mike Mitchell laid on Chargers running back Darren Sproles was the type of hit linebackers live for and fans want to see. The broadcasters played it down and the network limited their replay of it to three at the most. What the heck is going on in the No Fun League these days?



Great Job by Raiders coaches! Head Coach Tom Cable, Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson and Defensive Coordinator John Marshall all had their stamp on this game. The Raiders came prepared for for this game with the coaches trusting the players and the players trusting the coaches. The coaches called the plays that put the team in position to win a game many assumed they couldn't. The players simply executed to perfection the coached game plan. Football 101.

Its so rewarding to prove those who say you can't do something wrong. The Oakland Raiders not only won the two game intra-division series against the Chargers for the first time since 2001, they also ended the San Dogs December streak of 18 wins dating back to 2005. I know this because the freakin broadcasters kept reminding us viewers of the dominating Decembers that the Chargers are known for. Oh well, merry frickin xmas from the Raiders, Jim Nantz and Dan Fouts.


Final Score
Raiders 28
Chargers 13

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Programmable Grenade Launcher ---------------- At A War Near U!


Its a news item I hesitate to post simply because it doesn't promote "Peace on Earth." Its purpose is to introduce just the opposite, havoc and destruction.

The Pentagon's newly-sanctioned weapon of fast destruction will supposedly change the way battles are fought. The XM25 is a grenade launching rifle that utilizes programmable technology with its fire-power to engage targets hidden behind barriers. Its the XM25's 25mm shell that carries the brains in the form of an embedded microchip. Here's one description of how the technology works:

The revolutionary advance involves an array of sights, sensors and lasers that reads the distance to the target, assesses elements such as air pressure, temperature, and ballistics and then sends that data to the microchip embedded in the XM25 shell before it is launched

The army suggests that the XM25 will slash civilian deaths and damage with its pinpoint, low-risk accuracy. The army also is saying that "this system is turning soldiers with average shooting skills into those with phenomenal shooting skills."

It is such statements like these from the army that makes me shudder. We all know what happens when destructive technology gets into the wrong hands. We also know that today's proprietary technology sooner or later is released to the highest bidder(s). Bottom line, this technology will most likely one day be used against our own troops. And worse, its possible through a black-market cartel they can be released on the streets of a city near you. Remember what the army said, that the weapon only requires average shooting skills.

So although many battle tacticians of war will see this weapon as an edge over enemy forces, I personally see it as taking another bite out of humanity by introducing faster and easier ways to kill. Let's face it, if I'm a bad guy I want one of these sucka's and I'll plop down the dollars (for the price of a 2011 Buick Regal) to make sure I'm the first bully on the block with one.
Remember that old NRA slogan of "guns don't kill people, people kill people?" Well it looks as if that saying is about to be flipped on its head. The guns are getting smarter and the people are relying more on technology to do their thinking and less on the good ole noodle upstairs.
The makers of this combination of lethal hardware and software are Heckler & Koch along with L3 Communications.

Who are these two manufacturers and what regulations, if any, restricts them from selling to the enemy? Here's one article I was able to pull up on a quick web search:

The prime contractor for the development of the XM-25 CDTE is Alliant Techsystems, with major supporting contributions from L-3 Communications/Brashear (target acquisition/ fire control); Heckler & Koch Defense Gmbh (airburst weapons); and Alliant Techsystems (ammunition).

Here's another from a forum that links the two companies to a U.S. Congresswoman. This is really further than I wanted to delve bigbrother; honest:

~~~ And what is even more unethical, is the fact that Sanchez sits on the Homeland Security Committee, and as “LatinoPoliticoBlog” goes on to state:

“Since 2005, according the lobbying profile database at OpenSecrets.org, Einwechter has represented Heckler and Koch. Heckler and Koch manufactures firearms that are used by the Department of Homeland Security, again a government entity over which Congresswoman Sanchez has critical oversight. Beginning in 2008, according to the same lobbying profile database, Einwechter has also represented L1 Identity Solutions, which provides face, palm, and iris recognition products used by the Department of Homeland Security. L1 Identity Solutions also provides products to help implement the Real ID Act. The CEO of L1 Identity Solutions is Robert La Penta, who co-founded L3 Communications, a company that makes surveillance and reconnaissance equipment for the Department of Defense and Departments of Homeland Security. L3 Communications was the third top contributor to Loretta Sanchez’s campaign committee in the last election cycle.” Please find the full article herehttp://latinopoliticsblog.com/2009/06/02/the-making-of-the-%E2%80%9Cloretta-sanchez-scandal%E2%80%9D/ ~~~




ITS GOOD TO BE THE CHAMP!



Feeling the Holiday season creep in with the cold weather this past week, I bought my umpteenth SF Giants world series apparel today. The bargain purchase from a street vendor at civic center's Farmer's Market brought the whole World Series experience right back to me as if I were awakening to decide what Giants gear to wear to the Victory Day Parade. You Giants fans remember that tingling feeling I'm sure.

ITS GOOD TO BE THE CHAMP!


Living in a Baseball Championship City makes for a very satisfying off season. As a Champion, you get to hear other teams and fans admire and congratulate your teams' accomplishment. Your local sports radio stations replay the wonderful moments of the championship season for you morning, noon and night. Everywhere in the city people are wearing team championship gear and quick to bask in the memories of the championship run with you; its like, where were you when Edgar Renteria hit that three-run homer in game 5? Sexy women in Giants gear actually return your pervertive smile with glee. You feel as if the world is yours and nothing can put a damper on your off season mood.

Yeah.......ITS GOOD TO BE THE CHAMP!

Earlier this week Giants shortstop Juan Uribe inked a contract with the rival L.A. Dodgers. Today the Giants signed former A's shortstop Miguel Tejada, a bit long in the tooth at 37, but a very good replacement for Uuuuribe. Its true, everyone wants a piece of a champion and as scary as the prosepect is of losing that special team chemistry, we Giants fans face the future bold and unafraid. Why? Because we're Champions.

Hell Yeah.................ITS GOOD TO BE THE CHAMP!

A Champion doesn't let the pressure of defending its championship intimidate him. Nor does a champion worry much about replacing parts that are deemed unproductive or overpriced. A champion wins its championship, basks in the glory and celebration of its championship then begins the business of retooling itself to be better. And because everyone likes a champion, as some parts are lost to free agency some valuable parts can be gained by it. A champion attracts other champions.

As the San Francisco Bay Area begins a cold record-breaking winter season, Giants fans across the region will stay warm in the glow of experiencing what it means to be a World Series Champion. The 2010 Xmas season started early in the bay. My newly purchased orange Giants gear fits like a glove; a World Series Glove.

Hell F@cking Yeah........ITS GOOD TO BE THE CHAMP!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Cold Day In Hell










I've heard that Hell is a place of disappointment and frustration. I've also heard that its the anticipation of Heaven that makes Hell so.......hellish.

Think about it, you follow your spiritual leader's orders by drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid only to hear the demonic words "leaving paradise" as you take your last breath.

Or you find yourself swimming stranded in shark-infested waters and come upon a raft, only to have your emergency knife, secure in your utility belt, open and puncture a hole in the raft as you climb into it. And this after causing a bloody cut on your hand to dribble blood into the SHARK infested waters.

Hell is being put in a challenging situation and finding the path to success or safety either blocked, just out of reach or made more distant by your actions. Its making a choice to follow a path that initially looks promising but may eventually lead to your demise.

In a nutshell, Hell is sitting in a windy and cold football coliseum watching your team lose in the most torturous of ways. Your team executes some exciting plays and have you on the verge of crowning them heavenly winners, then they let their opponent dominate and humiliate them without putting up much of a fight. You're left cold, disappointed and wondering why you chose to follow this team in the first place. Why continue drinking the poison if you know it won't get you into paradise?

Today was a cold day in Oaktown as the Miami Dolphins came to town and showed us how a playoff caliber team competes and wins on the road. Yes, the Oakland Raiders were allowed to drink the kool-aid and discover the raft early in the game, only to find their hopes for reaching paradise punctured by a Dolphin's fin when the final gun sounded.
Hell is being allowed to hope when you're destined to face failure. Its facing cold after anticipating heat, its agonizing over defeat after expecting a win. Hell is being an Oakland Raiders fan......

Final Score
Dolphins 33
Raiders 17

Friday, November 26, 2010

KNBR's Torture After Turkey Day

Giants Series Clinching Games
Oct. 3rd - Padres 0 Giants 3



San Francisco Bay Area radio station KNBR broadcast a day of tribute to the San Fransco Giants run to the World Series Championship today. They did this by airing the Giants four series clinching games that ended with a game 5 victory over the AL Champion Texas Rangers.

Aired in four chapters, I just happened to catch chapter 3 which was game 6 of the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies in its entirety. It was as filling as the Turkey dinner I had yesterday.

Hearing Kruk, Kuip and John Miller call that torturous Pennant winning game made for a truly filling Thanksgiving Holiday buffet. I'll never get tired of re-living the Giants Championship season with all its trimmings. I listened and cheered as if I didn't know what the outcome would be. I suppose this is how fans of championship teams spend their offseason. Who Knew?

Anyone who says they play or watch for the love of the game hasn't participated in a World Series championship as a fan or player. The baseball season doesn't end for a champion, it just simmers and gets more flavorful to the palate like a good stew. You can put it in the refrigerator, take it out and heat it up a week later and it tastes better than the first spoonful. Like allowing the tenderizing seasoning overnight of meat, giving it time to sink in for better flavor. The Giants World Series win is the most tender and tasteful meat I've had the pleasure of putting on my barbecue since the Raiders won the 2002 AFC Championship.

Its my first championship and I'll never be the same as a fan because of it. I think all Giants fans feel the same way, we've been reborn and life is so full of ......optimism.


Don't talk to me about trades, free-agency or arbitration right now, I'm way too caught up in the afterglow of winning a World Series. I can't wait to see what Xmas Day 2010 brings to us Giants fans. Heck, I'd take a replay of the Giants Victory Day Parade over the Rose Bowl parade on television come New Years Day.

Let's Go Giants!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving Day Replay of 2007 eating competition appropriately titled the "MLE Chowdown." I'm still a loyal fan of Takeru Kobayashi's. He's the reason I began reporting on eating competitions in the first place. Who else but the eating Tsunami would challenge a live bear to a hot dog eating competition?

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Day Stuffing!



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Antonio Margarito Post-Fight PIC


Margarito picture and article from Ariel Payopay blog, obviously a pro-Pacquiao blog


See what happens when you make fun of Freddie Roach’s parkinson’s disease on television? You end up with your face having a fractured orbital bone.

Pacquiao killed Margarcheato even with his 4.5 inch height, 6inch reach, 17lbs, and illegal Hydroxycut. Pacquiao even had the sportsmanship to chill out the last 2 rounds because he felt pity for his opponent. And the Pac haters are still coming up with excuses today. I told you guys not to worry about anything.

read on at Ariel Payopay.....

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Raiders Ejected In Blitzburgh (I-W-U)

What does I-W-U stand for? "IT WAS UGLY!"

The Oakland Raiders visited the Pittsburgh Steelers in hopes of repeating their upset victory of last season. They not only lost but couldn't come close to their performance of 2009 at Heinz Field.

The Steelers defense kept the Raiders from doing what they do best, running the ball. Through penalties the Steelers kept giving the Raiders chances to take over the game, but the Raiders offense could only manufacture 3 points.

The Raiders defense initially showed up to play, keeping the Steelers off the board early. But you can't expect your defense to carry you on the road in a hostile environment against a championship caliber team. Ask D-fensive tackle Richard Seymour. Seymour, a main cog in the Raiders defense, was ejected from the game just before halftime. The cause; smushing a hand through the facemask of Steelers QB Ben Rothlisberger's after the play. After throwing a touchdown, Big Ben made some kind of remark that didn't sit well with Seymour. It Was Ugly.


My analysis is that the Raiders were outcoached early and often. While the Steelers pulled out a few trick plays and such to slow down and soften the Oakland defense, the Raiders added nothing to their offensive scheme; no screens, no reverses, no nothing. Oh, maybe I missed one wildcat formation that was forgettable.

QB Bruce Gradkowski should have replaced Jason Campbell earlier as Campbell was rattled and reverted back to his statue-like pocket presence. The team simply had nobody to rally around. Coaches weren't coaching, leaders weren't leading and the opposition was given enough time to reload, take aim and fire at will. It Was Ugly.

Leadership: The ability to keep your head about you when everyone else is losing theirs.

"IF" by Rudyard KiplingFinal Score

Raiders 3
Steelers 35

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tribal Sayings & Wisdom


"A Dog Has Never Called A Man And Then Beaten Him"

old Kru Tribe saying


I came across this saying in an African Treasury book of stories selected by Langston Hughes.
The Kru were a tribe from the interior of the country known as Liberia on the west coast of Africa. Its that old ancient wisdom that continues to make us think about and question man's ways.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IS A GIANT - BUSTER POSEY

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was voted rookie of the year in the National League. Amazing that a rookie could help lead his team to a World Series Championship. Ashkon was right; Hands-down Rook-ee of the Yeeeaaaar. Congratulations Rook!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Guess Who's Leading The AFC West Now?

AFC West Team....... W L T Pct Div

Oakland Raiders.......5 4 0 .556 3-0
Kansas City Chiefs.....5 4 0 .556 1-4
San Diego Chargers....4 5 0 .444 1-4
Denver Broncos........3 6 0 .333 1-3


Its official, with the Broncos putting a stomping on the Chiefs today, the Oakland Raiders at (5-4) are tie for the division lead. Oakland has the better division record and a win over the Chiefs which in my book makes the Raiders division leaders.

On a weekend that saw the Raiders rest, the AFC West is as open as the NFC West. Its anybody's division and the one who fights hardest down the stretch will earn it.

This bye-week saw the Raiders getting healthy with possible returns of key players. I heard on the blog wire that wide receiver Chaz Schilens was seen running drills and making cuts in practice. If we can add a Schilens or Murphy to Jacoby Ford in the receiving corps, imagine how the running game will benefit from that.

We're going into Pittsburgh next weekend to take on the Steelers who will probably still be pissed over losing to the Patriots tonight. So put on your colors Raider Nation and begin acting like a winner. We're the AFC West Division leading Oakland Raiders and we'll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Win, Lose or Tie
Raider Til I Die

A Boxing David Pummels Goliath


Who else but boxing great Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao could move up in weight to take on a man who outweighs him by 15 pounds and give one of the most dominating performances of his boxing career? Goliath didn't have a chance.

Manny defeated Antonio Margarito to win the junior middleweight championship, his 8th. Margarito is a strong, determined mexican fighter who looked as if he couldn't believe the speed and skill of Pacman had rendered his boxing skills useless. After 12 bruising rounds and a gaping red cut under his right eye Margarito knew he was a beaten man. But give the Goliath credit, he never gave up the fight even when at times it appeared he should have.
The large Mexican fanbase at giant-sized Texas Stadium were shocked into silence at the chopping down of their Goliath. Filipinos in attendance had 12 rounds of karaoke practice in singing the praises of their native son Pacman. In the Philippines I'm sure that Frank Sinatra's "My Way" was probably unbanned in karaoke bars for a night, such was the celebratory mood of Pacquiao's countrymen.

As for Manny, he vowed after the fight to continue helping people through his political position and stated convincingly that he still wants to fight. When asked about Floyd Mayweather, Manny was as diplomatic as any congressman when he said he's not afraid to fight anyone.
At this point Manny is on top of the boxing world. If anyone out there wasn't convinced that Manny is the greatest boxer in this era, seeing him perform his David conquering Goliath act last night should erase their doubts.

Honestly, I had visions of Bruce Lee when watching Manny pounce around the ring last night. His speed, his grace and his intensity all warped me back to a time in the early 1970's where I sat mesmerized by a small muscled asian hero as he pounced around the Coliseum of Rome like a cat and kicked the shit out of American martial artist Chuck Norris. How ironic that today actor Norris is known for his current role as a Texas Ranger. Well young'ins, there was a time when the world was stunned by the dominance of a small asian fighter; that time is upon us once again.

Manny Pacquaio is our 2010 version of Little Dragon whipping tail.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Re-Living The SF Giants Amazing Championship Run

Its just as fulfilling looking back on the San Francisco Giants playoff run without the torture dangling around your neck. I don't know about other Giants fans, but for me the the more I think about what our team accomplished and how they accomplished it, the more I just simply can't believe it.

I know the theme song was Ashkon/Journey's "Don't Stop Believe'in," but Come'On Man, who had the Giants beating the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers before coming home to hoist their first San Francisco World Series trophy to the Bay Area heavens?

October
1st........Padres 6 Giants 4
2nd.......Padres 4 Giants 2
3rd........Padres 0 Giants 3 (Giants 1 win clinches division title)

7th........Braves 0 Giants 1 (NLDS/Giants 3-1)
8th........Braves 5 Giants 4
10th......Giants 3 Braves 2
11th.......Giants 3 Braves 2

16th......Giants 4 Phillies 3 (NLCS/Giants 4-2)
17th......Giants 1 Phillies 6
19th......Phillies 0 Giants 3
20th.....Phillies 5 Giants 6
21st......Phillies 4 Giants 2
23rd.....Giants 3 Phillies 2

27th.....Rangers 7 Giants 11 (World Series/ Giants 4-1)
28th.....Rangers 0 Giants 9
30th.....Giants 2 Rangers 4
31st......Giants 4 Rangers 0

November
1st........Giants 3 Rangers 1


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

When Baseball Is More Than A Field Of Dreams

Folks I introduce to you Josiah Viera. His story is one that trancends not only our love of sports, but our understanding and appreciation for what it means to be a living human being.

If I ever have the pleasure to meet Josiah, whether it be in this world or the next, I'd like him to know that the strength, courage and love of life he exhibited while on this earth has struck a spiritual chord in me that I thought only God could pluck.

Its a chord not of sympathy or pity, but one that vibrates with the beautiful essence of life itself. Its that sound inside of us that startles us to tears when it shakes us awake and reminds us that regardless of our current situation, we are and always will be in this wonderful kingdom of an almighty _ _ _..

Thank you Josiah for rekindling for us that message from our Lord so eloquently. We are blessed because you shared your love for this world and the game of baseball.



Book About Red Sox Curse from 1918 by Dan Shaughnessy


Just finished a great book about the curse laid on the Boston Red Sox in 1918 when they traded one of the greatest players that ever lived. There's a story of a San Francisco Giants curse that was lifted recently which allowed them to win this year's World Series Championship.

Curse The Fan Who Rejects A Good Baseball Story, November 10, 2010

This review is from: The Curse of the Bambino (Paperback)

The book "The Curse of The Bambino" is a great read full of colorful stories about baseball and the men who promoted and played the game. Sure I come to the book after the Boston Red Sox have won two modern day World Series, but good stories cannot be erased by events that occur after the fact. In fact, I'd say the story of the Bambino Curse was put in a time-capsule the moment the Sox finally won it all in 2004. And who doesn't like opening up a time-capsule and peering into a time and place that once was? Based on many reviews of this book I'd say there is one group unwilling or unable to look back; Red Sox fans.

I think what author Dan Shaughnessy did with the Sox curse is give a reader the full unbiased story from beginning to end. As a baseball fan you'll enjoy reading not only about Babe Ruth and owner Harry Frazee, but the many many ball players and incidents that mysteriously kept the curse going for over 90 years. I do feel for those Red Sox fans who lived and died during the era of the curse, never seeing their beloved Sox win it all. I believe this book is a tribute to those fans as well as fans of all sports who know the heartbreak of being close to winning it all only to have it snatched away in the blink of a interception, a three pointer, a goal, a putt or a sure out ground ball mysteriously rolling between two Buckner legs. Sorry Sox fans, it couldn't be avoided.

Dan writes like few other sports writers reporting on baseball. He mixes the old with the new, the facts with the myths and the heroics with the heart breaks. He's a reporter who isn't afraid to give his take on why the unexpected in sports can so easily become the expected. He gives us also a glimpse into the ever growing history of baseball, even throwing in the Jackie Robinson story. I never knew that Robinson's first tryout in the majors was with the Boston Red Sox, did you?

I really enjoyed reading my 2000 Penguin Edition of "The Curse of The Bambino," which features a picture of Bill Buckner's blunder on the cover. I refused to put it down at a time when my San Francisco Giants were exorcising demons of their own on the way to a Giants World Series Championship, their first in San Francisco ever. It was a season full of torture as well as triumph and it had a sort of unexplainable redemptive spiritual essence to it. Call it a reverse of a curse if you will, it was amazing. Mesmerizing right through to the victory parade down San Francisco's Market Street.

If you love the game of baseball, you'll appreciate the incredible stories that come with it. The Curse of The Bambino is one of those incredible stories that must be chewed on like tobacco in order to savor the juices, even if those juices are known to be hazardous to your health.

Great Job Dan!
9-4-1-8


Monday, November 08, 2010

Raiders Make Division Statement

The stage couldn't have been set better for a rivals game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders. Both teams are tasting chunks of success after suffering years of surviving on scraps from the banquet tables of Denver and San Diego.

The Chiefs have taken the reign of AFC West team-to-beat since week 1 this season. The Raiders, with a stout defense and a resurgent running game, are competing at a level few thought them capable of this year. The two teams mirror each other in many ways, however, its the Chiefs that seem to be the media's cinderella darlings coming into Sunday's game in Oaktown.

The Raiders were coming off two commanding wins and finally sold out their first game in eons. Leading in division wins (2) coming into the game, the Raiders could make a strong case for team-to-beat to beat in the division should they pull out a win.

The Raider Nation packed the Coliseum and the Oakland Raiders delivered. It wasn't always pretty and the Chiefs didn't just role over, but the Raiders exhibited a winning determination that teams of years past hardly ever showed.

Missing key starters on offense (Z.Miller) and defense (N.Asoumogha), the Raiders pulled together and inspired each other to greatness on a day that smelled of doom early. They overcame a 10-0 half-time deficit, a day of bad officiating that awakened conspiracy theory talk, injuries and penalties (15-140 yards). Upon all this they came back to tie the game in the last seconds of regulation, then win it in overtime after forcing the Chiefs to go three and out after getting the ball first.

Yes, it was a day that will go down as a Classic Raiders Win, and to have it locally televised means the SF Bay Area witnessed the Raider Nation's transformation from scrap beggar to banquet table host. It defnitely was an electric win that us fans are still savoring this monday morning. I hadn't seen the fans so hyped after a game since..........playoff days.

The Oakland Raiders head into their bye-week with a 5-4 record and leave the Chiefs (5-3) hovering at the corner of the banquet table trying to keep their guest pass valid. The Raiders currently own the only inner-division winning record at 3-0 while the Chiefs awake this morning with a 1-1 record and the Broncos (0-1) and Chargers (0-2) are groveling under the banquet table fighting for scraps.

Final Score - OT
Chiefs 20
Raiders 23











Game Ball To Raiders Rookie Jacoby Ford:
148 receiving yards
158 return yards(see espn)

note: I've already purchased SF Giants World Series gear, but leaving the Raiders game I couldn't pass up buying a classy Giants t-shirt with a sea of hands lifting the World Series trophy along with a caption below that read: "AFTER 56 YEARS THE TORTURE IS OVER"

Maybe just maybe, lightening will strike twice in bay area sports this year. From the look of all the Giants fans at the Coliseum wearing hints of orange and black with SF caps, anything is possible . Wow!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

What A Difference A World Series Makes


Today I awake to the unbelievable; the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions. Giants fans who are not just bandwagon fans understand the feelings I'm experiencing this morning. They, like myself, awoke this morning and scrambled to read a newspaper headline just to be sure it all wasn't some freak dream. It wasn't.

I attended the last game of last season with glove and ball, feeling sadness afterward that the season had come to an end without my Giants going to the playoffs. And to put salt in the wound, the Dodgers had made the post-season. I blogged about my love of baseball and my Giants team. It was a "wait'll next year" moment for me. Now here it is the next year and my team are World Series Champions? Someone please, pinch me again and tell me I'm not dreaming.

November 2, 2009

Baseball Season Closed

So here I am, writing to keep from moping around, tossing my ball into my leather baseball glove over and over like a child who's playmate had to leave much too early. The baseball season is officially over at my home ballpark and sure there's the playoffs and a world series approaching, but without my Giants in it life just seems to carry a bitter taste about now.

Monday, November 01, 2010

WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

Giants greet world series mvp Edgar Renteria at home plate after his 3-run smash homer

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

2010

TORTURE
NEVER FELT SOooo G-O-O-D

SF Victory Parade set for Winner's Wednesday

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Oakland Raiders Shutdown Seattle Seahawks

DEFENSE!

Apologies to Raiders Fans but my baseball team is 1 win away from clinching the World "Freakin" Series. Sure I went out to the coliseum and watched my beloved Raiders cook the sea birds this afternoon. I watched Darren McFadden rush for over 100 yards, Darius Heyward-Bey catch for 105 yards, the defense sack the quarterback 8 times and allow only 47 yards rushing. The Raiders offense put up over 500 yards for the second straight week. No Raiders team has ever accomplished this feat. Ever!

I saw backup quarterback Jason Campbell pass for 310 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. He impressed me with how he bounced back from a flat first half of play.

I also saw a new Raiders weapon in fullback Marcel Reece. Though listed at fullback, Reece runs like a halfback, catches like a receiver and looks like a punt or kick returner when in space. He simply exploited the Seahawks defense in so many different ways. Reece should be added to the Raiders gameplans moving forward.

The one bad highlight of the day was seeing pro bowl cornerback Nmandi Asomougha go down with an ankle or foot injury. He was down for quite a while but managed to get up and off the field with assistance from two Raiders staff. Reports are the x-rays were negative and it appears to be a bad sprain. They say sprains are more painful than breaks when they first occur, which might explain the painful look of Nmandi's when tenderly hopping to the sideline.

Great Game Raiders, two wins in a row. We're 4-4 at the halfway point of the season with division leading Kansas City (5-2) coming into our house next week. Its Time!

Final Score
Seahawks 3
Raiders 33

Bumgarner shuts out Rangers - Giants 1 Away



(as radio host Damon Bruce once said: enough with the screaming, show me the baby)


21-year old Madison Bumgarner pitched eight innings of three hit ball for a pivotal Giants win in game 4 of the World Series. Bumgarner kept the Rangers hitters off balance and ineffective most of the night with groundouts, flyouts and strikeouts. The kid is a machine with smarts.

Freddie Sanchez, with a snagging snowcone catch in the 2nd inning, led the impressive defensive plays of the Giants infield. And when Aubrey Huff put the Giants ahead 2-0 with a blasting home run to right, Bumgarner went into cruise-control and hushed the Texas Rangers, their fans, team President Nolan Ryan and the two former U.S. Presidents (GW & GWjr) in a Giants style of baseball domination:

Pitching.Pitching.Pitching.Defense.Defense.Defense.Pitching.Pitching.Pitching.OuttaHere!

And on this night of young'ins, Giants rookie catcher Buster Posey sent a pitch 404+ feet over the centerfield wall in the 8th to solidify the dominating night. Buster, like Bumgarner and many of the young Giants players, has shown a maturity in his playing that has the so-called experts checking the baseball history stats. Its truly a wonderful time to be a Giants fan. Don't stop believing!

The San Francisco Giants are one game away from claiming their first World Series Title in 52 years of play in the Bay. I almost hate to see this magical season end, even if it is in triumph. Tim Lincecum is on the mound for tomorrow's game 5. The city will have a big jumbo screen set up at Civic Center for free viewing of the game. AT&T Park should've opened their gates for fans to watch the game there, but I'm sure they're insurance wouldn't cover damage from a fan celebration.

With a Giants win tomorrow, time will stand still in the San Francisco Bay Area. Don't get caught frozen out of the historic moment. Watch the Damn Game!


The Magic Number Is 1

Happy Halloween!


Raiders go Trick or Treating, pillaging just for fun!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

RB Darren McFadden - AFC Player Of The Week

Darren McFadden Outrunning Bronco Defender

The well lubricated engine that powered the Oakland Raiders 59-14 win over the Denver Broncos was named AFC Player of the Week for his effort. Running Back Darren McFadden is now definitely on the radar of opposing teams as well as Fantasy Football analysts.
Againt the Broncos D-Mac had 165 yards rushing, 31 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns. He showcased both power, speed and smarts while running around and through Bronco defenders.
The former Arkansas Razorback is now healthy and has stepped up his game to tier 1 player level. We Raiders fans knew he was capable, now the NFL knows. Its time to shine Raider Nation, time to shine.
Congratulations D-Mac on your Committment to Excellence!