THE San Francisco Giants Blog

An Autumn Moon Lights His Way

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 18, 2019

With the Bruce Bochy era now officially on the clock I thought it would be a good idea to re-post this gem from Letters to The Green at The San Francisco Chronicle (2006):

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At least the headline was clever. After that? I was wrong about Bruce Bochy…

I’m out for a couple of days, I’ll change the thread if something crazy happens. Otherwise, Big Flavor is on hiatus for a bit……

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Strike!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 18, 2019

How’s a strike sound to everyone? A little mid season baseball stoppage to slow down your Summer? The CBA doesn’t end until December 1, 2021 but with so many free agents still unsigned, and with so many players now calling bullshit on the owners, I’m wondering if we could see Armageddon on the diamond this season.

Could it actually happen?

10 Years/310 Million?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 17, 2019

If those numbers are accurate it looks like Boras might have squeezed the Phillies for an additional 10 million, courtesy of the fake interest the Harper camp and Giants were showing each other.

In retrospect the writing was on the wall. Zaidi has been signing a boatload of shitty outfielders to minor league deals over the last 7 days. He knew what was up. I hope the Giants didn’t actually offer him anything. Did we hold on to even a shred of dignity in this phony chase?

Ok, I am sticking to my earlier promise and not giving a shit about this…

H Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 16, 2019

Supposedly, Harper is signing somewhere today. I’m not falling for the hype until I see a signature. I fell for the Stanton hype and it’s just not worth it to wonder “what if” until *what* has *happened*.

If he doesn’t sign with the Giants our back up plan of Gentry/Parra/Solarte should be enough to make up for his lost production…..

…..if you take everything they do in 2019 and compare it to his first two weeks of the season….

When You Want Bryce Harper….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 15, 2019

…but you get Gerardo Parra and now are looking at Yangervis Solarte, it feels like another nail in this Winter coffin. Solarte would make sense, he can play all over the place, has a little pop—he might improve a bit coming back to the NL. I’d sign off on that pick up.

Anyone sick enough to watch the Rising Stars tonight? I actually like that game better than the All Star game. It’s fun to see all those youngsters out there ballin’. The All Star game is just a bunch of dudes flopping their cocks on the floor for a hoops style cock-off for the ages .

We have entered the dead zone of my sports world. No baseball. No NBA. No NFL. I actually checked to see if AAF fantasy was available at DK. It is not.

Did you see where Kaep got an offer to play in the AAF but he wanted 20 million? In a league where every player makes the same amount ($70K) this fucking guy wanted 20 mil. I support Kaep and his cause but I haven’t thought he’s wanted to play football for a few years now and that was the telltale sign right there…

 

Eye of the Tiger

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 14, 2019

Zumiee had a great line last night that really drove home one of the problems with the Giants over the last few years:

He said, “This whole Giants organization is like Mick in the Rocky movie needing to help Rocky get back the eye of the tiger.”

And he’s right. Everyone loves to point to how *professional* the Giants players are. How there is a “Giants Way.” That worked during the *salad days* but for the last few years “The Giants Way” has been nothing more than players striving in vain to live above the smell of their own shit.

Now, getting back *the eye of the tiger* certainly isn’t going to fix this team. Most of these fellas are past their prime and even recapturing that *eye* ain’t gonna do shit. But a return of that attitude would be nice to see and maybe something the future new guys can build on…..

Parra?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 13, 2019

You wanted Harper? Well, you got Parra. Another weak hitting lefty who might as well be nicknamed The White Shark Season 2.

I mean, is Parra really better than the kids we were planning on running out there? Eh, maybe.

Is he gonna block anyone? Eh, maybe.

Basically we probably just need to lock down into hibernation for a few years. The only way out of the wilderness is *that’away* >>>>>>>>

P and C

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 12, 2019

Pitchers and catchers report today. Man, this used to be a day circled on the calendar, right? Now, it’s just a day.

On KNBR this morning they were debating who are starting 5 will be. After Bumgarner it got very difficult for the hosts to assign #’s.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, the team is assembling in Arizona right now….

Not Happening

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 11, 2019

So now it comes out that the Giants are only interested in Harper if it’s a short term deal. See? Total waste of time. This was just done as a PR stunt for the fans and probably the players, too. Harper ain’t signing no 2 year deal.

This guy cares about 2 things: 1) a monster deal (otherwise you don’t hire Boras) and 2) climbing the HR ladder (something that he won’t do at Oracle unless they move the fences in. This dude ain’t no Bonds).

So Baer gets to keep waving the phony pom poms and Zaidi gets to keep saying “I’m still in a meet and greet mode.” Utter horseshit and the fans continue to get played like rookies…

Bring Me Bryce Harper

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 10, 2019

I’ve gone back and forth on this Harper thing and I’ve decided 2 things: 1) I’m fine with us not getting him. This could be a huge bullet dodged. 2) I really want the Giants to sign Bryce Harper.

Here why we should get him:

  1. We need to stop worrying about their money. True, they have some bad deals on the books. But they are under the luxury tax and what was the point of getting under it if they aren’t going to spend going forward? They can sign Harper and still be under the tax.
  2. He’s only 26. This is critical. We are still obviously in re-build mode. You can build around Harper. Even if Zaidi doesn’t start *Muncying* the roster in ways that don’t take effect till 2020 or 2021, Harper will still be in his prime. If he was 28/29 I would be against signing him.
  3. I’m not sure I can watch this boring ass team this year as they are currently constructed. Harper alone won’t make us much better than a .500 team and that’s if nobody gets injured. But he will at least make the team watchable. Who knows how many years any of us have left?
  4. He fills an obvious hole on a team with many of them. Diggity said it best in our text exchange yesterday:

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So, my arms are stretched wide open. Zaidi, make it so….

And if it doesn’t become so, that’s ok too…..

By the way, the title is a spin off of the “Bring Me Roger Stone” documentary on netflix. I encourage anyone to watch that if you want a more layered insight into Trump, his campaign and his mindset….

And now, for something completely different. If you like to laugh out loud take 2 minutes out of your Sunday morning and watch this.

 

SnoozeFest

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 9, 2019

Not only will there be rain today but it sounds like “high winds” too. Man, Baer must be shaking in his boots about this shit show he’s about to host. Who is going to be on the main stage? The Core? Lol. Can’t wait to see what those guys have to say. Maybe he’s setting up a side stage for the *Where are they now?” group. Law and Andreoli could be featured there. Lqtm.

I have kicked around the idea of going just because I am fascinated with Zaidi’s inertia and want to see if my fellow Giants fans are still doing their “happy clam” presentation or if they are waking up and realizing it’s time to revolt. We’ll see, right now I’m leaning towards not going.

Still, a ballpark hot dog sounds pretty good….

Update: We have Flap representation at Fanfest! San Dawg’s son Matty is there. He and his buddies were having a drink at Momo’s, heard it was going on and just wandered over:

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A Wasted Winter

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 8, 2019

Still absolutely nothing happening. Usually when I write that something big goes down. It really is outrageous that Zaidi did nothing this off season. Zilch. Squat. And despite being hamstrung by the idiocy of the last regime he still could have done SOMETHING. Fanfest is tomorrow. Can you imagine going to that thing? How are they possibly going to jazz up the fans with the current crap slated to open Spring Training?

Zaidi puts the *off* in off season.

Party Hard or Party Lame?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 7, 2019

Man, you have 2 very different Fanfests looming. The first one is the team fake-celebrating the worst team in the National League and trying to sell the fans on *the core* and a couple of never-was prospects in the outfield. Or, they roll out Bryce Harper. There really is no in between. Most Giants fans are like sheep and will be fine with either. But this is without question going to be either the lamest fanfest since the days my dad wandered around with a few hundred other people or one of the most jacked up parties AT&T has had in years.

10% we get Harper? Is that too high or too low?

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Angry Rant Tiger Fan falling on hard times:

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Shoptalk, with Daniel

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 5, 2019

Our good friend Daniel is getting ready for his Playing Pepper series and, as usual, has given me plenty of advance notice on the questions. Here’s a look at them if you want to chime in before I send him my responses:

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Winners

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 4, 2019

Congrats to Brady and the Pats. I have given him a ton of shit, he shook it all off and was still able to focus up and win another SB. He’s a born winner. A true champion. Now, I’m not going to talk about him till next NFL season. I leave you with this.

Paul in Asia had trouble uploading this so here it is:

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SB12

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 3, 2019

“Smash Brady” sounds better than “Super Bowl” right? I’m writing SB12 on my shoes before the game today…..

I entered 35 teams at draftkings and then just quietly closed my laptop. Enough.

The good news is that I have a lot of Pats on those teams, some even including Brady so I will be able to watch this game and root for players, not a particular team. Hopefully it’s gonna be a “someone scores, I win” kind of day….

And for 2 teams I don’t like very much, that’ll have to do…..

The only question I have that will remain unanswered: which player(s) got caught up in the Hotlanta lifestyle, blew off curfew and are gonna ass-out today? It’s gotta be more than you can count on one hand, right?

 

LIII

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 1, 2019

I’m seeing an o/u of 56 and a line of NE -2 maybe 2 and half depending where you look. I’m taking the under because I think both these teams are going to try to run the ball and maybe that bleeds the clock off a little more than usual. Plus, the defenses are ok. If a conservative game plan is in the offing, for either team, this game is going under 56….

The point spread? Easy one. I’m taking the Rams and the +125 money line. As usual, I am putting the call out to SMASH BRADY EARLY. Put him on his ass.

Hey, if that happens, I’ll feel like a winner and the rest will be playing with house money….

 

Squeezing Correa

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 31, 2019

This is a good example of what dumb shit going on with how mlb pays its best players:

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Really Astros? You gonna go all the way to arbitration with this stud over $750K? Pay this man his money….

I know they don’t play the same position but would you rather pay Correa a paltry 5 mil next year or Manny 25 to 30 mil?

Anyway, we don’t have problems like this. Zaidi is too busy deciding our outfield between this coveted group: Mike Gerber, Drew Ferguson, Steve Duggar, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater and Chris Shaw.

LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

Money Not Well Spent

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 30, 2019

It’s definitely tough to keep the remaining open arms of the Flap humming in the off season–even tougher when nothing is happening and baseball is basically colluding to force all these superstars to sign lower deals.

Calling it collusion is a little misguided although I’m sure I’d lose that argument in court. I think owners are just tired of paying absurd contracts to guys entering their 30s. It worked when everyone was on steroids but the days of a 37 year old pitcher dominating are pretty much over. Side note: it’s obviously not over in football where a 41 year old man can juice his brains out  and still go to the Super Bowl.

Anyway, they really need to address how free agency is done at the next CBA. I stand with the owners.  I, too, wouldn’t want to be forced into handing over 2-3 hundred million to a player who is going to suck for the last half of the deal…..

The Greatest

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 28, 2019

We needed a new thread if for no other reason than to get rid of that terrible headline…..

Magowan probably wasn’t our best owner. He never won it all. And he was, at best, just kind of an owner who looked the other way as the steroid era took over. But without him we wouldn’t have gotten the ballpark or won those 3 now dusty beauties.

So I guess you could argue he’s been our greatest owner. Ever.

Thank you Peter, we owe you everything.

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Dead Zone

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 26, 2019

Pro Bowl tomorrow. Let’s GO!!!!!!!!

I don’t think I’ve watched a Pro Bowl in 20 years or so. Back in 1987 I was in Hawaii with my mom, we were staying in the same hotel as the Pro Bowl guys. All I remember was an unending parade of hookers going up and down the elevator.

What are the Padres doing in on the Realmuto Stakes? I wish we were in on the Realmuto Stakes. Move Buster to first base, I have no idea who we would trade for him. We have no one to trade for him….

Good Riddance

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 25, 2019

It’s really shocking how little anyone seems to care about Strickland truly and actually being gone. Many are even excited to see him go (myself included). But this is a guy who pitched in some very big moments for us. He’s got a ring. 19 saves. 14-14 record. There’s a pretty strong correlation between him and Casilla in terms of fan feelings on his exit. Strick had a 2.91 career ERA with the Giants. Hey, that’s pretty good. So why are we so happy he’s gone?

Drew Pomeranz, Come on Down!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 24, 2019

I apologize to Flap Nation for my *meh* response to the Pomeranz signing. All I said was “Whatever. Fine.” This is exactly the kind of move I want Zaidi to be making. They’re paying him squat and he won 17 games 2 years ago. Pac Bell Park and the NL West are huge improvements for his razor thin margin between success and failure. I don’t expect Zaidi to fix the absolute mess Sabean and Evans created overnight. So while we bide our time waiting the multiple years that will take to happen I am happy to watch anyone new play baseball for the Giants.
I’ll keep waving the *pom poms* if he keeps the *Pom* signings coming….

Quiet Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 23, 2019

Now that we’ve all fully and completely gotten past the travesties of the last NFL weekend (haha, good luck getting past that one, New Orleans fans) we now move into….The Dead Zone. Nobody remembers an NBA game in February. NFL is in hype-mode for 2 weeks. Hockey is…..still going on? And baseball has never been slower. Although really, that should change. At some point you would have to think that Machado and Harper will sign this and play this season.

That means nothing to the Giants, of course. The quietest, lamest off season in this team’s history is upon us. Remember Sabean’s first off season? Wow! Bang! Bang!

Zaidi has chosen a path less traveled. This almost seems like a path untraveled.

New England. Again.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 21, 2019

Ugh, is this why everyone hates the Warriors? If Golden State kept doing this for 15 more freaking years, I can’t even imagine how much I’d hate them if I wasn’t a fan. I hate Tom Brady. The rest of the league should be embarrassed that they continue to let this old man saunter into the Super Bowl year after year….

You know, when I put out the call “for a nice first quarter sack that drives his dumbass into the ground” I was hoping it would come earlier than the middle of the 4th quarter. And when I said “Smash him” I was kinda hoping the 15 yard penalty they would take would be for a little more than the defender tapping him on the shoulder pad.

The protection the refs give Tom Brady is crazy. He’s probably pissed they didn’t issue a formal apology. Read this proclamation to the kingdom loudly in your best bad British accent:

“Dearest Most Excellent Majesty:

We sincerely apologize for allowing the plebeian from Kansas City to lay his soiled hand upon your chosen shoulder! If it happens again we shall guillotine him on the 50 yard line! No serf shall ever again lay hands on his highness!”

And before they called that bullshit shoulder tap penalty, the refs completely ruined the New Orleans game with the worst non-call for PI I think I’ve ever seen.

Here’s a way to fix all of this: Let penalties be reviewed, too. Same rules apply, if you challenge it and lose you lose a time out.

Both games yesterday were decided or severely impacted by referee incompetence. That just can’t continue to happen…..

Super Bowl Bound

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 20, 2019

Today is a great day to root for teams I normally don’t care about. The Chiefs are gonna spank Tom Brady’s dumbass all the way back to New England and Drew Brees is gonna knowing dude head nod the Rams back to LoserLand.

I’m not worried about the KC crowd, they will bring it. I’m a little worried about the weather since we just don’t know who’s frozen hands the iced ball is going to bounce off and I could see a defensive score being the difference in this game. Regardless, I have to assume the Chiefs aren’t going to stubbornly sit in zone all day the way the Chargers did and let Brady pick them apart. Personally, I am hoping for a nice early first Q sack that drives his dumbass into the ground. Take the 15 yard penalty but watch him not be comfortable for the rest of the game. Nobody benefits more from the peace and tranquility of a cocooned pocket like Tom Brady. Smash him to win. I don’t think this will be close, I’ll take KC 35 NE 21.

The Saints? I just think they’re better than LA and Brees is awesome. Easy guy to root for. Saints 37-Rams 20

Friday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 18, 2019
djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:29 pm (Edit)

The Wilderness Years are looking more like an Ice Age…

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Ok, point taken, but what happens when the ice age ends, my man? Eh? That’s a solid 10K years of heat warming your ass. Glass half full Loo, #4lyfe

Intriguing match ups in the NFL this Sunday. Sounds like ratings have been very good for the playoffs even with all these blowouts. What happened to all those country bumpkins who said they were quitting the NFL because of players protesting police brutality?

Anyway, we can talk NFL all weekend. Today is all about Zaidi and all the sweet, crisp moves he’s been making…..

Bombs

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 17, 2019

Why is it important for Longo to hit 20 bombs this season? Because he is one of 2 current players on our team who has that power in him. Belt is the other. Please don’t say Posey. I don’t care if he’s healthy this year. That just might mean he CAN HIT A HOME RUN. His power days are long gone. Same with Crawford. And our outfield doesn’t have 20 bombs in it combined, even if you include the bench.

So if we’re going to avoid losing 100 games we need as many bombs as possible. Longo will lead the team in HR’s this year, assuming this is our team and no one else of consequence gets added.

Identifying Our Team Members

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 16, 2019

Maybe Zaidi needs one of those big ass countdown clocks in his office. Who knows, maybe he has one? Our first spring training game is Feb 23rd at 12:10pm. I include the time because he’s going to need every second to fill out the rest of this team. Unless this is the team.

Our current outfield is Slater, Duggar and Shaw. Now, I don’t expect 2 of those guys to be our starting outfielders on opening day. So with 39 days (and 6 hours left) before our first actual game…..who the fuck is playing baseball for the Giants this year?

Is it really just THESE GUYS?

Landing The Big Fish

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 14, 2019

Hey, whattya know, there are *mystery teams* in on Machado and Harper.

Lol. I remember the days when the hot stove season had some interesting shit cooking up on it. Those days are long gone as *insiders* try to trick you into clicking on their bullshit with rumors about *mystery teams*.

Anyway, I don’t believe we are in on either of these guys. Nor should we be.

Money Poorly Spent. And a DJ LeMahieu Comment

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 12, 2019

DJ LeMahieu is going to be the barometer for me going forward as it relates to Rockies leaving Colorado. I am predicting a very underwhelming time with the Yankees. These  guys are obviously aided by the moon they play on. You gotta think DJ has very little power as even with that bump he doesn’t hit many bombs. His career BA at home is .330, on the road .264. I am telling you, this guy is probably another Joe Panik with the bat.

We are going to find out……

Ok, NFL time!

Chiefs game: There will be snow. Not a ton, not a blizzard, but enough that I’m thinking these donkeys from the dome ain’t gonna like. I’m taking KC and giving the 5. Of course I would be happy to see Luck win, he’s my second favorite Cardinal QB of all time.

Dallas game: Something I hadn’t considered much till I started listening to the talking heads this week: The Rams offense isn’t as good without Cooper Kupp. And maybe I haven’t been giving the Dallas D enough credit. LA is no real advantage as a home stadium. Early in the week I was taking the Rams, now I am taking the Cowboys and the 7 points. They’re actually a decent $$$ line bet, too. (+260)

Patriot game: my dislike of Tom Brady aside, they’ll probably get it done tomorrow. I just don’t think the Chargers are very good. Also, I’m not a Rivers-guy. His passer rating has been pretty good this year but LA is really more of a running team now. Rivers has been game managing his part fine but for all these people calling for the *MVP* for the guy…slow down. He’s no MVP and I could care less if he gets a ring at some point in his career. Plus, he’s got too many fucking kids……Belichick with 2 weeks to prepare for a home game? NE -4, and I’m gritting my teeth over that one.

Philly game: I’m all about Foles magic. I’m taking the -8, I’m betting the money line at +320. No stats needed, just roll out Big Dick Nick and make it rain on yourself…..

A’s Fan Meltdown

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 11, 2019

I’m kind of surprised by A’s fans and this Kyler Murray thing. Shouldn’t they be used to players not wanting to play for them? Isn’t this SOP by now? I’m not going to find her twitter handle, she’s not worth it, but an A’s blogger named Jen Rainwater got fired from her affiliation with the A’s yesterday after she went on a long rant about wanted Murray to get critically injured. She also had some pretty terrible things to say about her fellow A’s fans.

When I texted my best friend (who is a huge A’s fan) about Murray choosing to enter the draft he went on an even longer rant than Jen did (although he didn’t wish harm on the kid). The Boney One is apparently convinced that Murray is actually on 5’8 and this will all come out in the combine and he’ll be screwed.

I couldn’t even muster a response to that.

Anyway, it makes perfect sense to me why this dude is trying football first especially if he’s a first round pick which many draft experts are predicting he is. Go get some $$$ in the bank, have the cameras on you from your first day, if it doesn’t work out go try baseball in a couple of years.

A’s fans need to chill. All that sewer water running through the stands at O.Co is stressing them out….

Zaidi Watches Others Work

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 10, 2019

Brian Dozier wasn’t going to change the 2019 fortunes of the Giants but he just went to the Nats for 1 year, 9 million and I’m starting to get pissed off. It’s not cool to just write off entire seasons without even trying and that’s what it looks like SF is going to do. Again, I don’t expect us to be good this year but I would like to see the farm system get replenished and/or I’d like to see some *Muncy-like* pieces added to the current roster. Doing absolutely nothing is not something I can support.

Wait, Wait…That’s What We Do

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 9, 2019

What is this, like the 3rd year in a row where nothing happens in the off season? I’m not just talking about the Giants, who Loo deftly nailed cold as a 95 loss team this year. Nobody is doing anything. Collusion? Tough for me to feel sorry for anyone getting affected by a 200 million dollar deal instead of the *uncolluded* 300 million dollar deal they were seeking. We’ll see.

Until then we pass our time stories, other sports, trivia, and recipes.

The last band to tell us to *Wait, Wait*

UnderPants Not Quite Done

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 7, 2019

Hunter Pence is playing ball in the DR right now (as you know) telling the press that he has “several major league offers.” It’s possible that he’s been felled by an island virus. Either that or his offers are all of the minor league variety. I’m wondering if one of them is from SF? Just as I’m typing that I’d guess *no* just because Zaidi could care less about Pence and, in fact, he appears to care less about signing anyone—outside of those Rule 5 guys and the other 3 fellas I couldn’t pick out of a line up…..

I’m sure Pence will huddle up with his wife and pick the minor league offer that allows them to take the best variety of outdoor social media pics—that has to put SF squarely in the lead, right?

Next weekend’s playoff games look tasty. Everyone will be on the home teams but those are some pretty big spreads and would any of you care to wager AGAINST *Foles Magic* right now? I’m trying to find a way to bet the Chargers on the ML and justify it in any way other than I hate Tom Brady. KC and the Rams will cover……

Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 6, 2019

I was happy to see Seattle backdoor that cover last night. I am not betting actually money on any of these games and I had been on a bit of a streak going 3 for 3 (and a push) last Sun, then Pitt covering vs the Cardinal, then Indy winning outright…I was starting to kick myself for not betting any of these games. Anyway, back to losing that’s always a good reality check….

I just want to see offense today. I know Baltimore and Chicago D’s are considered formidable but I just don’t find football interesting with a bunch of 3 and outs and/or field goals kicked.

Back in the day it was fun watching a dominant defense because of all the licks they’d lay on their opponent. Now it’s just a bunch of defenders coming to a screeching halt with their arms extended hoping not to draw a penalty. It’s stupid….

Wild Card Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 5, 2019

The Dodgers have won the NL West 6 straight years. I did not know that. Do they have a ring ceremony for that before each opener? I think they do….

Anyway, we needed a new thread. NFL chatter?

Indy +2. Luck looks healthy again and while I like Watson a lot, gimmie Luck in a game like this. Points too? Sure, thanks.

Dallas -2.5. Seattle has been pretty gimmicky this year with all the running. My guess is that the Cowboys roll in this one….

Baltimore -2.5. Everyone is jizzing about Rivers getting a ring. Who cares? Baltimore D seems to be clicking right now, I’ll go with the Ravens giving 2.5

Philly money line. If I were betting it the ML is where I’d go with this. +220 is a little low for my tastes on a -6 spread for an NFL road playoff game but I really think Chicago is overrated and I believe in Foles magic.

Those are my picks. What are yours?

Remaining Marginal Players Dwindling

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 2, 2019

Tulo off the board, he goes to the Yankees. Kikuchi weirdly off the board to the Mariners. I thought they were rebuilding? Whatever, that dude seemed like a bit of a stab in the dark, not bummed we didn’t get him.

Of course, we’ve gotten nobody. I guess I’ll be *glass half full* and praise Zaidi’s utter lack of giving even a single shit about what the fans think. He’s going to do whatever he’s going to do at his own pace. I like having a GM who isn’t just going to make moves to make moves….

Having said that, how about some moves?

Cardinal

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 31, 2018

Yesterday was a good day, I pushed the Tampa Bay game and won the other 3 in dominant blowouts. A last second field goal in Florida prevented a day of perfection. With Zaidi committed to doing nothing this off season let’s keep the gambling train rolling down the tracks with….what’s this? The Cardinal? Oh my.

I don’t know a single thing about Pittsburgh except what I’ve read about them which isn’t a lot. They have a couple of bruiser running backs. Stanford will be without Bryce Love although it has felt like they’ve been without him all year.

I’m intrigued by this match up. David Shaw, who sucks, is ok at game prepping if you give him this much time. His bowl record of 4-3 should be better but he has a couple of Rose Bowl wins sprinkled in there and that’s probably what keeps the alumni from shit canning him.

Shaw would rather blow another man’s load in his own face than blow out an opponent. Stanford giving 4 points just screams to take Pittsburgh. If I were betting, which I’m not, that’s the route I’d go.

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I’ve been trying to figure this ad from the 70’s out for the last hour. What are they selling here? And did Namath slather this stuff on to woo the ladies or was he saying he doesn’t but you should? I don’t get it.

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Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 30, 2018

NFL picks

Let’s keep the *good times* rolling with some NFL winners.

I’ll take the Chiefs to smash the Raiders—14 is a lot to give but Oakland had their super bowl last week in the Coliseum finale so I expect a huge let down game for them today in the toughest stadium for a visitor in the league.

NE -13.5. Repeat after me, “The Patriots win and cover at home. The Patriots win and cover at home…”

Tampa Bay +2. This is the type of meaningless game they usually win outright….

Buffalo -5. Miami in the snow? I’ll take Buffalo.

Those are my top 4 bets of the day. They might not cover but they fill up a new thread nicely….

Bowl Games

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 29, 2018

Ok, enough with all the doom and gloom. Who’s everyone got in these college bowls?

Nevada -1

Florida +5

Alabama -13.5

ND +11.5

Now if you play opposite those 4 picks you’ll probably make some cash :).

There are few things that separate men and boys more drastically than dudes who get their families together for this stuff and send it out vs what I do which is not any of this. Thanks Diggity, great looking fam you got there….

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Life

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 28, 2018

I read Pawlie’s tribute to his mother several times last night. It was simply beautiful. Sad, but beautiful. My dad is 83. I talked to him on Christmas, he sounds strong. But these words are a reminder that nobody and nothing lasts forever.

You can read the entire entry here:

https://thelaughorist.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-first-last-christmas.html

If you’re too lazy to click on the link just read this:

“Well, I’m going to go, Mom. Do you want me to take you to your room to lie down or do you want to stay out here?” “I’ll stay here.” I kissed her on the cheek and then again on the forehead. “I love you, Mom. Merry Christmas.” “Merry Christmas. Thanks for coming, for always coming.” “You’re welcome. Why wouldn’t I? Glad to do it.” Our eyes locked. I walked down the hall, but not before waving to her and she to me, as if we were in the departure lounge at a bus station or airport.

After the nap, I headed, solo, to Ethan’s house, at 5:20. I felt but tried to ignore a low-grade hum of loneliness, sadness, and dreaded what-if-ness, not about Mom but about me and my journey thus far and today in particular. I feared a low-grade hum turning into a full-blast bass note. Approaching my son’s house, I felt the evening darkness descend, the cold air blanket downward. This could be the last Christmas for any of us. Who are we to say? Who could be so cavalier or breezy to say otherwise? Sure, I’ll be the oldest there, but we know what can happen in the blink of an eye, rudely disrespectful of age or station. And if a year later, we were absent, any one of us, or more, we would give the world to have this back again, pay any price, sell our souls and honor, anything, just this one time.

The shimmering snow crystals in the frozen, star-specked moonlight on the lawns to the left of the sidewalk. The town’s bright holiday lights twinkling up ahead to the right. The patter of my footsteps. The strands of ice on the steps leading to the door. My hand on the railing. The barking dogs. The glass panes in the front door clouded over, frosty, from the condensation and warmth inside.”

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PK holding his mom’s hand on Christmas…..

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Underwhelming Basketball

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 26, 2018

Still can’t believe how lame the Warriors looked last night. This dude on twitter nailed it, I can’t argue against this in the slightest except his spelling mistake.

Last year the same stuff happened, they got lost and complacent. The NBA season is so long, it’s probably hard to get these dudes motivated for anything but the playoffs. Still, as fans we watch all these games and they just aren’t worth moving your day/night around to watch anymore….

Not like the Giants, my entire world is set nightly to revolve around them. Lqtm….

Merry Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 25, 2018

Maybe there’s no presents under our tree because Zaidi celebrates Festivus?

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Oh whatever, he’ll do what needs to be done in the time he takes to do it…

Christmas was always a great day at the Flap to share holiday recipes. Stix and Twin usually led out with those posts……

Here’s a retro post from Christmas past…

https://oneflapdown77.com/2012/12/24/have-a-merry-giants-christmas/

Man, I still feel so shitty about what happened to those kids. It happens all the time now. If you want to track gun violence in our country this is a comprehensive, up to date data base:

https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/query/0484b316-f676-44bc-97ed-ecefeabae077

Say a prayer for the people who don’t get to celebrate Christmas today.

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Anyway, have a good one.

 

Considering a Wild Change

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 24, 2018

Woke up wondering about using *beginners* or whatever a bullpen game is called. Is that really where the game is going? Would Bochy be able to handle something like this? As it stands, our starting 5 is Bum, D-Rod, Suarez and then it gets dicey. Smarge? Stratton? Underwhelming is the most optimistic word I can think of to describe our *Five Fives*.

There are obviously serious question marks about our rotation. I, for one, definitely see the appeal of going with a bunch of *beginners* as the core of your “rotation”. I’m tired of hoping and praying that these bedraggled middling talent starters some how cobble together a wobbly 6 innings of work. Bochy always lets them go an inning too long anyway. Getting rid of them and going with nothing but stud relievers has some appeal.

Clearly switching to that approach would upend things as we know it and I do think Bochy’s head would explode trying to manage that every game.

Thoughts?

Sunday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 23, 2018

Gotta say, I’m pretty impressed with the A’s for going out and getting Profar. Ditching Lowrie the season after he becomes an all star is the right play. He’s 34 with a big time injury history. Get rid of him. Sabean would have signed him to a 5 year deal.

I’m ready for Zaidi to start doing something like the A’s are doing.

Also, why doesn’t this headline at mlbtraderumors.com say “Giants” instead of “Dodgers”?

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Dominos Falling?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 21, 2018

Interesting take about Will Smith and Tony Watson by Alex Pavlovic: With Miller now signed, Zaidi will look at trade interest for “Will-Wat”. But again, what would those guys be worth right now? Just like Bumgarner, they will be worth more at the deadline if they produce in the first half of the season. Obviously a solid offer would make trading either of them an easy decision….

Question of the Day: What do you expect out of Mac Williamson this year? He’s out of options and there are like 12 open outfield spots in our rotation. If healthy and hitting well in ST he’s got a job. Is there a scenario out there where you see him hitting 30 home runs this year? How about 30 home runs in his career?

Dwindling Options

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 19, 2018

With Billy Ham and now Matt Harvey off the board, the Giants are running out of Flap-favorites to sign. This Tulo thing, man, everyone keeps saying “hey it’s no risk since we only pay him the minimum” but if he produces like a *minimum* player what is the point? I guess I’d rather see him out there over Panik although Panik would be better defensively.

Tulo has hated the Giants since he was a kid, I can’t imagine he’d sign with us unless there were literally zero other suitors…..

Puking

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 17, 2018

Henry Schulman, who seems about the least connected beat writer out there, seems to think the Giants might trade for Puig. I’m going to pretend this is just a bad dream I had last night.

Surprisingly, SF and LA have only consummated 3 trades together in their history (out west). I thought it was more than that but I can’t really think of any others so let’s go with this list:

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Ok, so besides like 2 of you (Loo and San Diggity Dawg) who else supports the idea of acquiring this prema donna shithead overrated fuckface?

The Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 15, 2018

So just wait till Boogie starts playing!! Lol, man, I don’t know what’s wrong with the Warriors. I think it’s reasonable to assume they just don’t care much about the regular season anymore but that’s a dangerous tact to take. This is not the same team of the last couple of years though, not even close….

Franny, who sucks, was trying to sell this take on KNBR last night: Because teams don’t let players practice as much in the off season as in the past, the Niners are JUST NOW coalescing as a team and that’s why they beat Denver (and he gave them a shot to beat Seattle). Uh Franny, wouldn’t that same amount of practice time apply to ALL the teams? Why were most other teams not a 2 win team going into Week 14? All the practice they’ve done this year just finally kicked in? It was the dumbest, simplest take I’ve heard from a KNBR host recently and that’s saying something with Radnich still employed there….

Zaidi is doing nothing. There aren’t even any good rumors to dig into….