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Embarrassing Loss

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 21, 2022

Last night is a great example of why I am so happy it’s still not legal to bet on sports in California. Indiana was missing everyone: Sabonis, Brogden, Levert and Turner. The Dubs were locked and loaded with their guys. And at home. I watched the line slowly climb starting at 9. Then 11. Pacers guys were taking *out* tags all day long. The line hit 14. I was like *Damn! I could have had that at 9!*. I think it finally settled around -17.

Then Indiana goes and wins in overtime. LOL. Their collection of hodge podge journeymen and triers shot 43% from splashland while the splashers themselves shot 21% from the same distance. Klay and Wiggy themselves went 1-13.

No sport is weirder or wilder than the NBA in terms of random mid season outcomes….

Wild Card Weekend In The Books!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 18, 2022

Well that long weekend ended with a thud. I hate people that say a team didn’t come to play but that was just unreal watching all the things the Cardinals couldn’t get done.

Now the focus turns to Green Bay. Everyone says we can run on them and I’m assuming that’s a necessity if we want a chance of winning up there this time of year. The Rams can beat the Bucs. Are we looking at another trip to LA for the right to go to another Super Bowl?

Getting ahead of myself but still fun to think about….

To The Frozen Tundra We Go

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 17, 2022

That game, wow, what a game. never seen one like that and probably never will again. In the end it seemed like 2 teams just trying to lose. But we got the W. I have little expectation for the game in Green Bay especially if we are without out 2 best defensive players. But we live to see another game! And that’s what it’s all about. I need AZ to win outright to go 5-1 on my picks.

We have really gotten lucky on the entertainment scale with these last 2 games. Each unreal in their own right.

NFL Time Baby

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 14, 2022

There is a LOT of football going on this weekend. These are my picks that I will weave through different 3 game parlays….

Niners money line. They can win this game on the OL and the DL. Dallas has stars but this is not a team that scares me at all.

Cinn -5.5. Bengals are a little like the Cowboys. They have lots of stars especially offensively. But they get to play a Raider team that just isn’t very good, in my opinion. Blowout looming.

Buffalo money line. If Belly can shut down Allen more power to him. I also don’t see a rookie QB, as decent as Jones has been, rolling through a road playoff game. Still, a game like this often ends on a FG. I wouldn’t give the points here I’d just take the Bills on the ML.

Philly +8.5. I don’t like Philly that much I just really don’t think it’s TB’s year and that’s a lot of points to give. Being on the road in Tampa isn’t that much of a detriment either. Philly will have to find someone to make plays, though. Maybe Bucs struggle a bit and Philly manages to cover.

KC -11.5. Lot of points but Big Ben is washed. I think KC rolls here and this is a place where home field advantage is huge.

AZ money line. I still can’t believe the Rams folded so badly last week. That reason alone is good enough to take AZ on the ML and we know for a FACT that there is no noticeable home field advantage for LA here. Soft fans, soft team. AZ running game + the electric Murray should be enough.

Those are my leans, who you guys like?

Can’t Wait Till Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 13, 2022

Watched the free episode #1 of Joe Cool. So *cool*. Might have to bite the bullet and subscribe to Peacock. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia of Niners/Cowboys talking but even just watching a show about him in college was emotional for me.

I think we take care of Dallas this Sunday, I really do. We can stop their run and then hopefully dial up enough schemes to keep Dak off balance. Just do whatever the Broncos D did to them Dak was lost in that game. Dallas has star players but they don’t play like a star team. They are very beatable.

Unfortunately this will be the first road game in a while where Niner fans don’t take over the stadium.
I’m not going to say I trust in Jimmy G but I think he can get this done. And if he has a bad game that’s ok. What he did last week was incredible.

Joc Doc

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 12, 2022

Has anyone see the Joe Montana documentary? Everyone is raving about this. How can I watch it I can’t find it on netflix and after I check there I usually give up 🙂

Still Alive

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 10, 2022

The good news is that I don’t need to hand-wring anymore about Jimmy G. You don’t go 90 yards with no time outs in just over a minute needing a TD to save your season and get anything but mad respect from me. Trey’s time will come next year. JG earned whatever time he’s got with us this season. Man, that was equally the most infuriating and fun game I’ve watched in years…..

Four Finger Frenzy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 9, 2022

As expected, Top Jimmy is getting the start. I guess I’m ok with that. I mean, Kyle and the coaches are the ones who have been watching him all week. But this better be the right decision or I will rain down furious condemnation on them. If he’s tossing the ball around like some drunk sailor and they go to Trey at halftime I am going to be PISSED.

Up Against It

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 8, 2022

Just because the Niners *have* to win doesn’t mean anything except to a narrative. If they are going to have to trot out Mosley and Norman as the #1 corners, man, I just don’t see how they win this game. And then Four Fingered Jimmy is gonna have to try to keep up with Stafford? Again, this looks imposing, at best. If I were a man who gambles against his own team (um, I guess I do that when the time is right but not in a game this big) I’d probably hammer the Rams -4.5.

No News

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 5, 2022

Quiet on the lockout front. Almost too quiet. Manfred did take some time out of doing nothing to have Ken Rosenthal fired for saying mean things about him. Big Flavor’s currently line on whether they start the season on time? I’ll say +150. Odds they start on time, -150. Thoughts?

Easy Game In The Books But LA Looms

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 3, 2022

It took a half to get going but watching Trey throw deep balls that Jimmy can’t (see: 1/20 Super Bowl) gives me hope for the Niners future. I wanted to see more running success but that’s his god given talent, it’s in there, that’ll come out in due time. At this point, unless Jimmy is completely healthy, I want to see Trey running this offense vs LA. Jimmy just has so many limitations (can’t move in pocket, weak arm, broken thumb) to watch his slog through that game…..

Happy New Year Flap Nation!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 1, 2022

My twitter account has been suspended because I told John Hinckley Jr. that he should take the guitar he was playing and bash himself in the head with it. The Twitter Lord didn’t find that as amusing as I did. So, the year’s off to a bad start. Although knowing I irritated Hinckley enough to report me, I dunno, there’s a win in there somewhere….

Excited for the Niner game tomorrow. If you can’t beat Houston you don’t belong in the playoffs. And I’m really interested in seeing Lance’s development. That’s what he’s been doing all these months, right? I guess we’ll see….

Everyone Died Yesterday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 29, 2021

Harry Reid. John Madden. And a guy I didn’t know, ESPN Bears reporterJeff Dickerson who everyone declared to be the greatest guy in the world. He died of colon cancer and 2 years earlier his wife died of cancer and now they have an 11 year old son who will grow up without his parents. Jesus Christ….

Man, the John Madden death hit me hard. I can’t think of a single person who I knew of who was beloved by literally everyone. Genuine to his core, he was everything good about watching a football game. You’d tune in, hear his voice and know that you were in the perfect spot for the next 3 hours. While not a Raider fan I respected those iconic teams from the 70’s. And while i am not a video game player it’s amazing that he changed the video game world forever, almost as a side gig.

Him dying just makes me miss the things we no longer have. Football and the world of announcing is so much worse now than when he was part of the game.

Sad times, indeed.

The GOAT

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 28, 2021

Opening Day. Nothing Like It.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 26, 2021

It’s quiet here right now. But not for long. Oh boy, Santa Anita has put together their usual amazing opening day card. I saw this on twitter and thought I’d share it here for you guys to answer.

Another Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas Flap Nation. I just finished adjusting my NBA and NFL line ups for today. Sitting in the dark by the lit tree right now banging out a thread for you guys. Things generally suck right now. I have a personal thing going on that isn’t getting better and has a good chance of getting much worse in the future. But I’m not complaining I feel fortunate in many ways. Have a great day that is hopefully going to involve some good food, a drink of your choice and some people that make you smile.

Seven Losses

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 24, 2021

This will be cathartic:

7th Worst loss: Colts. On the road, they’re a good team, Jimmy was terrible as usual but this loss didn’t have me tearing my hair out. Losses happen. This was one of them. This one also happened so long ago I barely remember it.

6th Worst Loss: 1st loss the the Cards. This was back when they had Kyler and he was playing great. Plus it was on the road, a divisional game, again losses happen.

5th Worst Loss: Green Bay. This was back when everyone thought GB was suspect and Rodgers just casually strolled past the team in the final seconds with no time outs left. This one stung.

4th Worst Loss: first Sea loss. Losing to them anytime sucks.

3rd Worse Loss: last night. We had that one in the bag. It would have been 24-0 if Jimmy had even been mildy competent. Kyle’s play calling to end the half was, as usual, puss-like and scared.

2nd Worst Loss: the second loss to Seattle. despite an absurd special teams fuck up to start the game the Niners still started up 14-7 and were in control with Russell running for his life most of the first half. This is the game where Kyle inexplicably had the terrible Jimmy throw 2 balls deep into the black night sky only to have Gould miss the FG. This loss was EXTREMELY painful.

Worst Loss: Second one to AZ. They looked like they didn’t care that game and got blown out by a team led by Colt McCoy.

Ah, that felt good…….quibble with this list if you want to. The common theme is that Jimmy G SUCKS. In certain schemes, with zero pressure, he is fine (as are most QB’s). But deep down Kyle doesn’t trust him and he shouldn’t.

Surprise This Morning

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 22, 2021

It was 6:31am and my phone buzzed…..

45 minutes later I’m at the Millbrae Pancake House eating breakfast with this dude….

We chopped up a lot of shit in an hour including our collective desire to have the Kale garden removed and replaced with a Forever Giant Ring of Honor to include all of *our* hall of famers.

Thoughts?

This Man Is A Baseball Fan

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 21, 2021

In the dead zone for baseball news these days. Thought I’d keep the line moving with this cool Christmas tree pic I saw on twitter yesterday….

TedSpe sighting at FB. Seems like just yesterday I was mopping up his sweaty head at the ballpark bar.

Just Win (Convincingly), Baby

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 19, 2021

I don’t want to hear anything about a *trap game* or no motivation or whatever. Atlanta stinks. Beat them soundly. If not, this is no playoff team.

Regarding the Showalter hire, I don’t know, seems risky to me. He’s got a bunch of weird rules and he’s overly controlling and I would be surprised if a bunch of vets who are worth 100 X what he’s worth will be interested in putting up with that shit.

Covid Take Over

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 17, 2021

Just a new thread to keep the week moving. The number of covid cases in the NBA and NFL is staggering. And the fact that they don’t have to comply with a booster shot indicates this is going to be a very disruptive season for sports….

One More Record For The Bay

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 15, 2021

I’ll be honest with you: until about ten days ago I had NO IDEA what the 3 point record was. You could have told me it was 5,001 and I woulda said “Damn, dats a lot of 3’s”.

Anyway, he did it. It’s been done. Steph, to me, is like the clean, likeable version of Barry Bonds. He’s given me SO MANY thrills over the last decade+. And he’s still rockin’. Such a fun ride to watch….

He Just Needs Two

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 14, 2021

Everyone is saying how cool it is that Steph is going to break the record at MSG and I guess it’s cool. Personally, I’m not too jazzed about this record. It’s been obvious for many years that he’s the best 3 point shooter of all time. I guess it’s good to finally have the record behind him to prove it. It’s been funny watching these teams go to great lengths to try to stop him from taking it down on their floor. I don’t think New York has anyone who can slow him down though.

Maybe they’ll try this?

Three Suckers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 13, 2021

I don’t even want to know what Jimmy, Kyle and Robbie make this year. I’m guessing all 3 are the highest paid at their position. If you get paid the most you’re getting paid to deal with the pressures of higher expectations. And all 3 of those guys have not met those expectations in 2021.

I still can’t get over Kyle thinking a 47 yarder was going to just be a chip shot for the bedraggled Gould. Has he watched him at all this year? I know we were out of time outs but there was at least 30 seconds left on the clock, plenty of time for 2 quick short outs to try to make the FG 40 yards or closer. But no. He has Jimmy go out there and chuck two balls deep into the black night sky.

We won in spite of those 3 yesterday. We won because of Bosa and the miraculous catches of Kittle and the airborne dive of Aiuyk. Don’t kid yourself, if Aiyuk had stepped out on the 2 one of those 3 idiots would have figured out a way to fuck it all to hell….

I know he didn’t go nearly as high, but when Kittle did this his finger tip catch reminded me of this one…..

Niners!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 12, 2021

Honestly not sure how the Niners are going to deal with trying to cover 3 very good receivers with Josh Norman and 2 rookies. Bosa gonna have to get there a lot today. Each week I’ve learned not to expect anything from SF as they sometimes show up, sometimes don’t show up. Definition of a .500 team I guess.

Deebo back today….

Baseball Action

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 9, 2021

We lost five Rule 5 guys yesterday. Conner Menez was the only name of note. We also lost Jon Duplantier. We had just signed him a couple of days ago and the Dodgers swiped him from us. Irritating, that guy is a former first rounder with electric stuff. Not sure of the Rule 5 rules but it’s surprising that’s allowed to happen or that a player like that isn’t protected so close to the Rule 5 draft. Three other guys I’ve never heard of got taken: Matt Seelinger, John Nogowski and Jacob Gonzalez.

We added a dude from Tampa Bay, MIchael Gigilotti. For now we’ll just call him *Giggles*. Remember Tom Gugliotta? That was a tough time to be a Warrior fan….

When You Try To Kick Something Around That Isn’t There

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 7, 2021

True dead zone in sports right now. NFL is impossible to watch with all the bullshit penalties. NBA is, eh, whatever. Hockey may or may not have started I have no idea. This is normally the time to take a big bite out of the hot stove nectarine but the lockout has stolen that from us.

So I will keep updating the blog periodically just to keep the line moving but there’s also a likelihood this devolves into a horse racing blog like it did for a week circa 2007 at The Splash…..

I Hate Seattle

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 6, 2021

Tough to give Seattle a lot of credit for yesterday’s win. Missing both Deebo and Warner we seemed lost at times. Despite Kittle’s generational performance, Jimmy made too many mind blowing, incomprehensible mistakes. It seems impossible that this guy led us to a Super Bowl but don’t forget he blew that too missing the wide open Sanders for the win.

If it wasn’t for our double secret agent Gerald Everett we wouldn’t have even had a chance on the last drive so there’s that.

Did anyone see Jimmy’s press conference? He doesn’t seem to bothered by any of this. He knows he’s gone and he’s just running out the clock on his time here. Plus, he sucks.

Michigan

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 5, 2021

Well, Harbs finally did it. Not happy for him but surprised he was able to get his team to do what it did this year and for that he deserves some type of credit.

Niners in Seattle today. No way in hell would I give 3.5. This is a sit back and just watch it game.

Locked Out!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 2, 2021

Meh. This isn’t really moving the needle for me. It’s the off season, nothing happens now, we are literally months away from the season starting. I suspect this will all get worked out in time. And I also think Farah will have his pick of a substantial litter of 2nd tier free agents after all the dust settles. They’ll work out the economics, about the only thing we as fans will notice next year is the universal DH. And I’m fine with that, too.

Tick, Tick, Tick…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 1, 2021

Lockout looming. Midnight tonight. Tons of free agents still on the board and the Giants payroll commitment currently around 100 million which is nothing for them. They won 107 games last year so you wouldn’t think there would be too many holes to fill but with Buster and Gasman leaving, coupled with the fact that 107 was a complete outlier, it is conceivable that Z will be quite active once the labor agreement comes together—whenever that will be.

Still, advantage us when it does re-start. I trust Z to finish off the roster with literally his picks of the remaining litter….

What a Joke

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 30, 2021

Texas spent 500 million dollars on two middle infielders. I’m sorry, but that’s just dumb. It’s a lazy way to try to quick fix your franchise. If I was an owner I’d never support this approach. Build your team with hard work and cunning, not buckets of cash. That doesn’t work. Glad we have a GM who gets it.

The Team

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 29, 2021

I honestly can’t recall a single team winning the WS and us going “yep, they won it when they signed so and so back in November.”

Therefore……

Reports are that Castellanos is seeking a 7 year deal. Uh, Farhan would never do that. Nor should he.

#inFarhanItrust

Insanity

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 28, 2021

Someone is going to give Gasman a 5 year deal? LOL. I would barely want him back on a 1 year deal. First half last season: 1.73 ERA. Second half (after teams began laying off his slider): 4.76. And there was no evidence he was adjusting to this.

He was a nice find but guys like that often flameout (see: The Dick).

Let someone else make the mistake of signing him.

Let The Other Teams Sign Stars

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 27, 2021

Marte to the Mets. Good. I know some of you guys wanted him but honestly that deal wreaks of an overpay for a guy who sold himself at one of his heights. And all you need to know about this deal is that the Mets did it. They are like the Angels, their free agent pick ups are almost always terrible.

What I’ve learned about Zaidi is that you just sit back and watch him hit on the Gamboa’s of the world. I wouldn’t have been bummed if we had gotten Marte, something that we were likely not in on, but this is fine. Farhan is a genius. Let him do his work and then we can sit back and admire true greatness.

FYI

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 26, 2021

Is this a Farhan special or what?

Go Make It a Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving, Flap Nation. Gonna be a nice day with all the regular things you’d expect. I’m sad I don’t get to see my dad or mom but we’ll check in with them later and I know my old man is reading this.

Keep dropping recipies and/or what you’re doing today. We still have 3 World Series beauties to celebrate, don’t forget about those.

I’m Just Gonna Let Stix Handle This One….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 23, 2021
Carstie ClausenNov 22, 2021, 8:06 PM (9 hours ago)
to me, carstie

Flav:  So you want me to talk recipes.  Okay, but first to the team.  One quality which has stood out in recent years, even before Zaidi assumed the reins, has been the organization’s loyalty to the men on the field. By signing Anthony DeSclafani to a three year contract, the Giants not only firmed up the top end of the rotation, but also (as per Farhan) let the baseball world know that rebooting the rotation is a primary goal of the front-office.  The interest in Cobb is interesting, but we’ll see.  A  re-upping of Wood now looks likely.  Still feeling that in lieu of the qualifying offer (which they also did not offer to our returning happy camper) the boys in charge of team composition will also have a long sit-down with Gausman and his agent—talking a contract likely no shorter than that offered today’s returnee.  Should those scenarios come to pass, then a major outside signing like Strohman may not be essential.  If Cobb is inked and with the arrival of Hjelle, the team would have six pitchers who have starter chops.

  Webb is the primo.  Gausman is a very capable #2. Scaffolding in the 3rd spot will ensure some elevation in the top of the rotation.  Wood would be a quality fourth starter. A Cobb/Hjelle mix n’ match for 5 and 6 would proivide needed depth in both the rotation and as longman.  Neither of that pairing would likely be an ego-case, so psychologically they should be able to deal with such a competition and cooperation. You wanna winner, a solid and deep rotation is your starting point.

 Though we all quake at the thought of losing Buster, let’s celebrate for his being honored as NL Comeback Player of the Year.  And man, did he earn it.  Both the pre-game and post-game hours spent in the trainer’s room attested to the likelihood that he was playing in pain.  And then he goes out and has him one helluva season, harkening back to those even years when SF went 3 for 5 as World Champs.  In my book Posey looks to be a virtual shoo-in for the H.O.F.

 Speaking of the Hall, the just released listing includes no fewer than eight candidates for that honor who either were longtime Giants or essentially ended their careers sporting the orange and black. Timmy Terrific is up for his first go-round.  Though his career in SF was basically a last-look, super shortstop Omar Vizquel is also on that listing.  The big one wore #25 and holds some amazing records.  It’s about time that some of those sports writers get over their steroids snits and give the man his due.  There may also be a slight whiff of racism connected to the issue.

  Primarily, the owners needed to get the game back into the limelight after the player strike and lockdown which likely cost Matt Williams the opportunity to slam 50+ homers in that circumcised season.  So they smugly looked the other way when McGwire and So-so had their big fling.  BB25, already a likely HOF candidate, based on his achievements up to that point and projecting into a long career which would elevate his lifetime numbers well into the stratosphere; probably thought to himself that if those two meatheads could bust the Maris and Ruth records, then possessing as he did the best eye-hand coordination of anyone in the history of the game—with the conceivable exception of Ted Williams—he could become the most prolific slugger in baseball history.  So why should those privileged inkslingers keep sucking on sour grapes and finally give his due to Willie Mays’ own godson, Barry Bonds.

 Okay, so I’ll get off baseball and project something more edible, something folks mostly around the mountain South called “Johnny Cakes” (an Americanization of the Shawnee tribe’s fixins which earlier on were called “Shawnee Cakes”.  We’re also talking something closely akin to fritters—some real downhome cookin—even though my own background is the lutefisk and lefse crowd.  In a mixing bowl I toss in some combination of these primaries:  Oat bran, wheat bran, Indian Head cornmeal, masa harina, whole wheat flour, oat flour, barley flour and rye flour.  Usually five from that selection at a time.  Gotta have some Rumford’s or other non alum-based baking powder.  Probably a dash of milk or even half n’ half along with an egg and just enough water to make for a nice stiff batter.

 Now the fun part.  A couple of cousins sharing either half or a quarter Korean ancestry remarked that their heritage too adds other elements to the basic batter.  To date I have employed chunked or chopped tomatoes, either green or ripe, pickled jalapeños, chopped and measured according to personal preference, halved Spanish-style pimento stuffed olives, chopped apple, diced dates and/or figs, crushed walnuts and /or peanuts, pine nuts ,diced dried apricots or mangos, raisins  or craisins,and, of course, chunks of cheese.  Got my hands on some kimchi, so that’s been added in from time to time as well.  In other words there’s virtually a pizza=menu of add -ins.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention canned salmon.

 During the summer months and through the falling (but not here in the Northwoods—fallen) Fall– the morning combo got dropped into pre-heated peanut oil in a trusty cast-iron skillet atop the wood stove in the mostly gutted but due for replacement starting next spring 106 year old kitchen.  Anyone who has cooked for a year or two and has been around a bit can tell you that the best results when it comes to frying most anything occurs in the cozy confines of a cast-iron skillet—or one of those old-fashioned griddles if you are fortunate enough to possess a stove which can handle such an implement of construction of tasty vittles.

 Cue the table.  No salt need be added to whatever blend you happen to choose, so long as you can come up with some of that thick, dark soy sauce which I happen to prefer as a light dip.  Light because you do not want to overwhelm the cornucopia of flavors.  During those warmer months, three or four breakfasts per week evolved from the top of that wood cookstove.  Now, living in a small-town apartment, there’s this convenient, but not quite so sexy electric range.  So these days it’s down to twice a week doing all that time-consuming prep of that never gets old repast shared with a stout cup of heavy-duty coffee and either a Will Shortz approved NYT crossword puzzle or one from my massive collection of old “Life” magazines.

 Now that the iMac is once again a daily adventure, I’ll often catch some mellow Bluuz over u-tube.  Later on in the day, truly classic 1965-75 rock n’ roll or maybe some easy to digest classical or perhaps even (mood suggesting) some old time Country from the likes of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard, who’s classic about Muskogee. Oklahoma versus San Francisco was penned on a tour bus driving through while he and the rest of his fellow music makers were stoned outta their gourds.

 Ya know, if you happen to be up for it and keep your days busy and interesting, retirement and the aging process can actually be mostly pleasant, an adventure in this rat-race culture where you can own your own time and live according to the feelings of your inner being rather than being caught up in that rat-race world of alarm clocks, deadlines and traffic jams—not to mention the ignominy of being required to get throttled by a necktie.

Be Thankful

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 22, 2021

Fun week coming up after a couple of days of work–family, friends, food, football, folf and feers. Er, uh, golf and beers. Either way, can’t wait. People like to crap on the T-giving games but you fire up 20 teams at draftkings and those are 3 goddamn super bowls right there.

Also, an under the radar move: I’m staying home this week.

Always loved the recipe shares that Twinfan and Stix inspired over the holidays. Sadly there might be a greater chance that Twin shares his this Thursday. Stix is truly flummoxed by the login process here at Casa de Flapa. Whatever. I hope he writes me the longest of emails, I will share it if he does….

Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 21, 2021

Now that we have been put out of our misery with the end of The Big Game I get to look forward to….Niners v Jaguars? Yikes. It truly is a sports dead zone. Without daily fantasy I’d have not interest in this stuff whatsoever.

I’ll probably miss the game cause I’ll be at church. lqtm, who goes to church? Seems like an awfully boring ritual….

Big Game Day!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 20, 2021

Eh, to be honest this game has felt *bigger* in the past. Stanford regularly treats Cal like the doormat they are having won the last 10 of 11 Big Games. This year might be different because Stanford sucks. Cal is a complete mess dealing with Covid outbreaks. The Cardinal should be getting back Tanner McKee at QB and that’s really their only chance to win this game.

Personally I’m looking more forward to the Niner/Jax game which shows you how much excitement I have for today’s Big Game. I’m going to a tailgate but I’m not going inside the stadium.

Captain, Oh Captain….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 18, 2021

Has there ever been a guy who’s fortune changed quicker in a year than this guy?

Eh, probably.

But what he did last year was remarkable. Love having him back on shortest deal possible but I fear they’re going to tear this up and give him 2-3 years. Whatever, I should be able to find other more important things to irritate myself with.

Manager Of The Year

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 17, 2021

Discuss…

Shocking Niner Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 16, 2021

If I’ve learned one thing over the years it’s when not to bet. If something looks like a sure thing, ESPECIALLY if the public supports it, either go the other way or don’t bet. Everyone was hammering the Rams last night and if you had asked me for a line from Big Flavor Inc. I would have started at 10.5. I didn’t have the sack required the bet SF but I had no problem sitting that one out last night and just enjoying the game.

One thing that’s been proven as fact so far this season is that there is no dominant team in the NFL and the only team that isn’t competitive is Houston.

The Niners looked like a completely different team than the one that took an embarrassing drubbing at the hands of the underwhelming Colt McCoy.

And that gents is why I love sports. You just never know what’s going to happen.

Niner Last Stand?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 15, 2021

Rams are only 3.5 favorites? If I wore a younger man’s clothes I would hammer that. But I’ve learned over the years that usually nothing is as it seems when it comes to betting on NFL. Especially when the public is hitting it hard. So i will just sit back and watch this one and hope that the Niners can somehow get off life support. It’s hard to root for SF though especially when I am so disappointed in them—from the top to the bottom.

Weekend Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 13, 2021

Just a weekend thread to keep the line moving. Such a letdown from last Saturday.

Alabama 52 point favorite in their game today. FIFTY TWO. Can’t even look forward to the Niners playing since they don’t get executed till Monday. At least the Warriors are surprising but this feels more like a run against the schedule than it does an actual run. Whatever, chop it up.

Hitting On Your Picks

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 11, 2021

The Bailey pick after they drafted Bart is irritating….unless one of them pops. If neither does, yeah, that sucks. Drafts are hard in every sport. The Niners have been absolutely terrible at it. Of course the Raiders just waived BOTH of their first round picks from last year. The Rams have caught crap for trading all their picks but look where they are now? Stafford, as I said he would be when he was freed from Detroit, has been a fantastic pick up. And they are Super Bowl contenders. If they win, who cares if they have any picks or not? A trophy buys a lot of rope from a fan base.

The Awards Loser Fan Bases Care About

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 10, 2021

The “look at me” awards are coming out next week. AL seems to have a distinct advantage in terms of power in the MVP race vs NLs. Guerrero, Ohtani, Semian vs Harper, Soto and Tatis? AL wins that one. It’s too bad Crawford didn’t make the top 3 but things like 107 wins, gold glove, clutch hitting, etc… don’t seem to matter to the voters.

Hey my buddy The Mudman, recently referenced in the Buster “First ballot” bet with Bird Dog has come down with covid. This is only relevant to point out because this is a fully vaxxed guy, overweight, who only has mild symptoms. He has a trip to Hawaii planned next week and he said “Hawaii can wait.” I said “Dawg fuck Hawaii. HEAVEN can wait.” Anyone who thinks your “natural immune system” is as good as the vax at fighting this is a lunatic. I’ve been putting off getting my booster shot but not anymore.

It’s Not Even Winter Yet And Sports Are Dead

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 8, 2021

Post Breeders Cup doldrums hitting me hard this morning, gents. Couple that with no more baseball, the Niners are impossible to watch….what else in the wide world of sports is going on? The Warriors? Eh, I can really only tolerate pieces of NBA games these days. Thank God for fantasy sports, there will always be that.

Buster Posey! I’ve heard many people honoring his retirement speech to the media. Pasalon even disclosed that he shed at least one tear. Buster retiring spawned a serious debate between my friends Bird Dog and The Mudman. BD declared confidently that Buster is a first ballot HOFer. Mudman screamed “Nay!” And a bet was born. I don’t think Buster’s got a snow ball’s chance in hell of getting in first ballot but I could see him making it after that. Thoughts? Although BD did secure 20-1 odds on his bet, it feels like The Mudman has Bird Dog over a barrel on this one, aye?

Vacation Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 6, 2021

Still at the beach but wanted to give you guys a new thread. My only quibble with this trip is the weather. I’ve been to San Diego a dozen times+ and it’s always been gorgeous. It is cold and foggy. I didn’t pack for this. San Dawg I’d like to speak with the manager.

Breeders Cup Saturday! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!