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Welcoming in 2012 and Happy New Year to Flap Nation

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 1, 2012

WordPress.com sent me a stats breakdown for 2011. It was actually pretty stupid, it could have been much more informative. It included things like “London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 320,000ย times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 4 sold-out events for that many people to see it.” Thanks for that complex statistical breakdown and talking to me like I’m a fifth grader. They make a point to tell me that they don’t count my views which I found amusing for some reason…..

The only thing I was actually interested in was how The Flap’s numbers looked compared to other similar blogs but when I emailed them about that they said they have those numbers but don’t release them to the blog owners. I asked them why not and the person emailing me back said he didn’t know why. Thanks, idiot.

The Flap was off about 30% from 2010. I attribute that mostly to not making the playoffs. If you recall in 2010 the blog party went on long after 11/1.

They listed off the top 6 bloggers. I was surprised to see that a number of you had comments in the multiple thousands. As dumb as this *Yearly Report* was, it did make me appreciate how committed the core group is to the blog and to discussing our team. Loo said a while back that it’s impossible to talk about the Giants incessantly but I think he was wrong. It’s the one thing that can hold my interest 24/7 /365.

Here’s a list off the top of my head of the bloggers who make up The Flap. If I left you out I’m sorry and the list isn’t in any particular order after the top 6 (as reported by wordpress.com):



DelMar Dennis










San Diggity Dawg




Giant Head








Big Sarge

Alley Kat





At the end of the year, we saw CHIPOWER come back which was great. Phil Fan and Berger made a few appearances. Ferrethead has been long gone for a while now, I hope she’s doing ok.

I was surprised to see Nipper and Del Mar Dennis cracking the top 6 of Most Comments, but they did. And it reminded me that while I don’t always appreciate what people post here I do appreciate the time each of them took to visit the blog and to leave a comment.

So today I want to salute Flap Nation. World Series or Bust in 2012……..

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  1. ewisco said, on January 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Any resolutions?

    • Giant Head said, on January 1, 2012 at 8:59 am

      25 lbs is a must…need to start getting back into a weekly basketball game and my 7th grade boys basketball team season schedule starts next week.

      We went 5-1-1 and won our division last year, but lost our opening round semi-final playoff game. This year, we have been moved up to the harder division. So I won’t have a resolution to win thew division, but a winning record and one playoff win would be the goal.

  2. Giant Head said, on January 1, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I promise to do better in 2012! Thousands more comments await you Twin.

    2011 turned out to be a busier work year in DC though it looks like Congress is doing nothing. That is what we lobbyists work so hard at, making sure they don’t do anything!!!!

    But 2010 left me plenty of Flap time for our championship run and I expect absolutely nothing gets done in DC this year heading to November, but I still get paid the same but now more Flap time than ever!!!! Get ready for your head to explode Twin!!!!

  3. twinfan1 said, on January 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I doubt I’m in the top 20 for 2012. Happy New Year.

    • Nipper said, on January 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Twin is always in top form especially in his fights with BF.

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on January 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Don’t feel bad. Alex Smith won’t crack any Top 20 Lists in 2012 either.

      Happy New Year.

      • Nipper said, on January 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        ALEX for Mayor! What a guy!

  4. TedSpe said, on January 1, 2012 at 10:04 am


  5. Del Mar Dennis said, on January 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

    The 49ers have two WHITE WRs out on the field. I hope this doesn’t spill out onto the NBA.
    I couldn’t watch that shit. Even I have limits…

    • twinfan1 said, on January 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Trolling both blogs at once…

      • Del Mar Dennis said, on January 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

        So I’ll put TF down as one (the only one?) who wants more Caucasians in the NBA.

  6. twinfan1 said, on January 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

    You do that, Death Threat.

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on January 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      I will. Right after I add another black to the Olympic 4X100 freestyle team…
      TF, you know what you’re problem is? You don’t know how to play along with a joke. You wanna talk about me killing people? I think we should first talk about you killing a joke.

      Richard Chamberlain played the role of Dr. Kildare.
      Now Michael Scott plays the role of Dr. Killjoy.

      As Sgt. Hulka duly noted…

  7. PawlieKokonuts said, on January 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I’m a little surprised I cracked the top 6, which I attribute to binge-bursts of WordPress-wordspray like an animal marking his territory. But, to paraphrase country singer-resident redneck Toby Keith, “I love this blog.”

    I don’t do resolutions; goes against the grain of living in the day. Plus, for me, they tend to be setups for failure. But still, I seem sometimes to make unarticulated, silent resolutions to myself, things like, I’ll make out a will, finally; or hey, how about buying and using some dumbbells, or write every day, even if only at the Flap. But those quasi-semi-resolutions are silent for the very reason that they are typically unfulfilled or readily broken.

    (Hey, Magnus, think I should go all-public on my “project”?)

  8. Del Mar Dennis said, on January 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    OK, I unlike the rest of you who will consider this BS, and I truly expect you to hammer me on this point. HOWEVER, I believe this to true…

    Our Niners scored what, 34 pts today? We shot our wad. 34 pts.? We’ll never see that pt. total again in the playoffs…

    • Big flavor said, on January 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Just bet the under when we play GB in the NFC championship game and stfu till then

      • Del Mar Dennis said, on January 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        So Flav, I take it you like the Giants and the under…

        Go Romo! Shit. That 3rd dn pass looked like Alex Smith Shit.

      • Big flavor said, on January 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        I already posted at chucks blog b4 gm started that the giants would win easily

    • twinfan1 said, on January 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      So who you do you think we’ll end up playing-Baylor or Washington? Dennis, I don’t post during the Niner games anymore because I realize how vitally important is for you and I don’t want to ruin your pleasure. I wish you the best.

  9. Big flavor said, on January 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Pawlie– actually, you didn’t crack the top 6. Zumie was 5th, not you. And Snarkk was 6th. I was looking at the wrong chart, nipper wasn’t 6th. Sorry, my bad.
    Sure, let everyone know where you’re at– see if anyone can recall where they were that day.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Also, it doesn’t sound right that I was in 4th place (not as smart as the rest of you guys about all things Giants). ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Happy New Year Flappers . . . 2012 is going to be a great year for you, the Giants, and I! Book it!

      “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on January 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Flav, If you haven’t either conducted a personal poll on one o znd only SF Giant But I would have to put my check mark on — Pawlie is not only the most humorous and grammatically spoken on this blog

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on January 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      oh..I misread your last statement; got it. Understand it now.

  10. '49ers bandwagon buddy said, on January 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    hey low, and a very Giant 2012
    my resolution is to see some ST games and maybe 1 home game
    provided the whole eurozone doesn’t collapse
    and in-between being at the Olympics ๐Ÿ™‚
    wow, I will be having a sports filled 2012, God willing

  11. dirtnrocksnreno said, on January 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Strange that they give you all the stats but won’t give you at least some blind data for comparison.

    Tough to have a resolution but if the wife and I can survive moving to CA I will be satisfied. Started packing and moving things to storage last week. Moving blows but the pay off will be worth it.

    Happy New Year fellas. Hope it is Flapperlicious.

  12. PawlieKokonuts said, on January 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Although bipolar depressed to learn I’m not in the top 6, despite Denny’s praises, I gotta ask: our family is considering warm-weather vac in Feb., the week of the 20th. Is anything worthwhile happening then at spring training?

  13. PawlieKokonuts said, on January 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    ATTENTION, FLAPPERS: I am writing a book, tentatively titled “Baseball’s Starry Night,” about the four Wild Card games of Sept. 28. It will cover 89 minutes (ESPN), or 129 minutes (SI), or more likely my own concoction of focused minutes. I’ve written a prologue, and significant parts of the narrative. Some VERY encouraging developments: via connections my brother in radio has, I’ve got Pulitzer winner Doris Kearns Goodwin already agreeing to a blurb, and my brother has connected me with Bill “Spaceman” Lee. He and I had a great chat (he happened to be in Marin), and he agreed to give his name to a foreword or intro. He is fun! I left him a message yesterday: his cellphone greeting goes something like this: “Hi, you’ve reached the Albert Pujols Rehabilitation Clinic. If you have trouble hitting the inside fastball, press 2.” I’ve corresponded by e-mail with ESPN’s Jayson Stark, who is also very supportive and has promised a blurb. This is all good in pitching to agents and editors, none of whom has taken on the project yet. The editor of Triumph Books thinks it’s an article, not a book. But Stark and author Scott Pitoniak, who is working on an upcoming book on former Giants great Johnny Antonelli, tell me to push for the book. But it has some urgency. Therefore, if no publisher takes it, I’ll do an e-book on Amazon to launch in spring training. HERE’S HOW YOU GUYS CAN HELP:

    — I’d love to hear of any memories you have from that night. Send to me at paulkocak@mac.com. (I sheepishly admit I was following things online until Blade emailed me saying, “Hold on, bro! It is not 7-0, it is 7-7 Yanks and Tampa Bay, so I dashed downstairs to the TV.) I will research archived comments here and at team blogs, and I’ll check FB and the Twitterverse, but if you have stories of what you were doing, lay it on me.

    — If you have other source info, let me know. (As in, “my cousin’s neighbor’s kid was in … Baltimore or Tampa or Houston or Atlanta for that game, or whatever.”)

    I’m trying to speak directly with some of the principals involved. We’ll see.

    And thanks.

    Of course, if I go the e-book route for 99 cents, I’ll let you all know.

    • ewisco said, on January 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      best of luck with the project. sounds outstanding. i’ve nothing more to offer than good wishes. I wasn’t paying much attention that night. once the giants were out, i didn’t care much. Have i mentioned that i HATE st. louis and am not much of a la rusa fan either?

    • blade3colorado said, on January 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Pawlie, thank you for asking me to preview the outline summary a couple of months ago . . . I was honored. As I said back then, this will be a terrific read for any baseball fan, especially the fans of the teams you’ll be writing about.

      I can’t wait until you complete it!

      • PawlieKokonuts said, on January 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        Tnx. I have to laugh, though. I should check my email archive, to find out exactly what you said to me. Or maybe we were Skyping, not sure. Anyway, thanks, or else I’d’ve missed the final outburst of drama.

  14. twinfan1 said, on January 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    There are certainly others, but I’d make special mention of Blade and Pawlie as two posters who achieve a very rare feat- being contstantly interesting without getting anyone’s hackles up.

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on January 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      exactly what ARE hackles? …off to m-w.com

    • blade3colorado said, on January 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      De nada Twin . . . Means a lot coming from you. Most days here I learn quite a lot about baseball, writing, humor, and life from all of you . . . particularly you regarding baseball strategy and mental toughness; Pawlie about the old days of baseball, proper grammar sans the swearing; Stix politics, poetic writing, and wilderness surviva . . . including how to make a gourmet meal out of a turnip, carrot, and potatol; Chuck baseball knowledge and humor; Snarkk (again) humor, baseball knowledge, and witticisms; Dennis 1001 ways to use the 7 dirty words and his dark humor; SanDawg all things San Diego and his golf game; Bozo his good nature and humor, as well as knowing his music; Giant Head’s enthusiasm for the Giants despite living farther away from them then me (ditto for alleycat, Paulinasia and bozo); ewisco for his baseball knowledge too (slam dunk for all you flappers really); dirtnrocksnreno – Flav said you’re cool, that’s all I need to know; Ted’s movie trivia knowledge; Paulinasia – I want to go on one of his trips to the massage parlor; DJLoo resident comedian and baseball trivia expert . . . probably equal or better to Twin; Nipper’s staccato flat out funny posts and Twin’s shadow; ChiPower who introduced me to this blog and I’ve broken bread/communion with; and,

      Flav – “The Straw that stirs the drink.” Without Flav, I wouldn’t have met all you Palookas.

      • ewisco said, on January 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

        rrrvvvntnnttt (or however you spell that from blazing saddles).

      • TedSpe said, on January 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        Nice, blade

  15. Big flavor said, on January 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Great summary Blade. Everyone brings something to this place. I realize I should have included Xoot but forgot to add him since he bounced mid season over to Jon dowd’s blog. The door’s always open if he wants to return…

  16. blade3colorado said, on January 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Great story about R.A. Dickey in the Wall Street Journal . . . He is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for charity. He and his wife, Anne, have also been involved in charitable causes for years, including the International Justice Mission, which rescues victims of slavery and sex trafficking in Asia, Africa and Latin America.


    CNN also just showed a video segment on him.

  17. Nipper said, on January 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Niners! Yes!
    Raiders! Ouch!

  18. SanDawg said, on January 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    ….speaking of golf, just returned from a 3 day road trip to Mexico for lots of golf with 2 friends I grew up with. One of them was the guy I mentioned a couple of weeks back who used to play the “baseball last name” game with me in Physics class. He claims to still have some of the papers we passed back and forth listing our various players. Highlight of the trip was 18 at the Baja Country Club in Ensenada. Nice course in a sprawling canyon with unblemished mountain backdrops on several holes. They took great care of us down there–delivering sandwiches, beers, and cocktails out to us in the middle of both nines. Told us it was on our tab and we could settle up after 18. The experience was second only to playing 18 with Flav and Bobby Bowden this past summer.

    “I don’t get high often, but when I do, I prefer to drink Dos Equis”

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