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Earning Your Knowing Dude Head Nod

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 21, 2014

Everyone here at The Flap is familiar with the “Knowing Dude Head Nod.” It’s an interaction that 2 strangers wearing the same Giants gear might have in passing on the street. It’s always done silently. A fist bump or high five may accompany it. The phrase itself was popularized by our own Ted-Spe after we won the 2010 World Series. And for true Giants fans, it wasn’t just something we did. It was something we had earned. You root for a team that’s lost for 50 years, and then they finally win? That’s earned. And there is no championship harder to win in all of sports than baseball. That’s not even arguable. In any given year, to win the World Series, you have to win significantly more games throughout the season and the playoffs than any other sport….

While I was doling out my coveted head nods this week to the worthy, I thought of what it must be like to be a Royals fan right now. They must be positively giddy. They don’t know what a knowing dude head nod is. Right now, they’re doing an “Excited Guy Hello!!!!!!” that includes vigorous waving. Make no mistake, they’re nodding. But there’s nothing cool or knowing about it. On closer inspection they aren’t really nodding, their whole body is shaking with excitement. Their face is locked in a perma-smile and their gaze is at least a thousand yards. Combine that with the brand spanking new merchandise they’re rockin’, and there just isn’t a single thing “knowing” or “dude-like” about them.

But that could change. If they win, they’ll finally “know.” They’ll chill the fuck out and an organic “knowing dude head nod” will begin to evolve in the fan base.

Now, I don’t think that’s going to happen. My guess is that Royals fans are gonna be bathed in their brand new baby blues while they helplessly watch us win our third world championship in the last five years. After that, the only blues left will be the ones they’re singing……..

And our nod just gets stronger. It’s gets more knowing. Enjoy the game tonight. This is our time….




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  1. snarkk said, on October 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    They way they’ve been rollin’ through this post season, I’m almost glad they DON’T have Pagan now.

  2. tedspe said, on October 21, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Gregor Blanco

    • snarkk said, on October 21, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Yeah, he seems to be contributing more than his stats show. Not sure how. His postseason stats are ooogly. But, he’s playing top D, and comes through occasionally at the plate…

  3. snarkk said, on October 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Bum has now given up just one run in 32 2/3 total post season innings. That’s essentially 4 1/2 games. An MLB record. That’s crazy good…

  4. tedspe said, on October 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I’m frankly surprised. A blowout. Looks like the Kansas City mayor’s going to have to come and sing with the Glide Memorial with a bucketful of outstanding BBQ ribs
    Fuck it. Good win. Looking forward to being with the usual gang of idiots this Friday and/or Saturday at a place to be determined.
    I love youse guys.
    I mean that in a good way

  5. tedspe said, on October 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    As my on and off cutie Vietnamese girlfriend says…”99″
    Apparently, that means, in like weird tweety, texty, cool person stigmata… “Night, night”… which, of course means, “Good night” which means, you know, like…uhm…
    Goodnight, gentlemen (?)

    • paulinasia said, on October 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Yeah, they do that. Sometimes they also say “7 7″….. 7 in VNmese is bai, so, 7 7 is… bye bye…. Very cute.

  6. chipower9 said, on October 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Good stuff re: sharing the moments with your kids. I remember watching them clinch the 2010 pennant with my daughter…and have a picture of us hugging and balling our eyes out. You just cannot buy memories like these.

  7. snarkk said, on October 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Another game tomorrow. One at a time, again.
    G’nite Flappers…

  8. chipower9 said, on October 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Good night, Tom. Good night Flap Universe.

    Orange and Black and Don’t Look Back…

  9. sportdude said, on October 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Great game. On Track to have mad Bum close it out…

  10. pawliekokonuts said, on October 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    G’night, girls.

  11. twinfan1 said, on October 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    It’s not surprising that we’re underdogs year after year. Bochy preps for the postseason from Day one. His patience pays off when the guys he stuck with come up big.None of the experts think of Blanco, Arias, Perez, Ishi- the game is all about the stars to much of the media whereas the postseason is won by a 25 man team, not 3 or 4 guys. Juan hasn’t done anything sexy- he’s just helped win games quietly. Ishi was a *little* louder but how big was it that Bochy trusted a 4 time castoff to start in the playoffs? This a team game and we’ve fielded the best team. and the best manager

    • blade3colorado said, on October 22, 2014 at 3:11 am

      You guys are all asleep (sans PaulinAsia and maybe Nipper), but I love reading these posts while the rest of you are in dreamland . . . Nice summary Twin – love the last sentence. Dream on Flappers . . . Undoubtedly, we will turn those dreams into another World Series win. 🙂

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  13. paulinasia said, on October 22, 2014 at 9:20 am

    11:20pm Wed. night, Saigon: Just back from a friendly bar after a beer or two (me) and water or two (Steve) and looking forward to waking up at 7am again to catch the game. It really could still go different ways, but it’s so strongly feeling natural and inevitable….. as Joe (less than a) Buck said before, “And the Giants just keep rolling”…. Hmm, maybe Timmy is contributing in some small way afterall… rolling…. Anyway. There was talk on some blogs about Tim should’ve pitched the 9th. Nah…. IF he’s going to get in a game, it’s going to be at home, and probably at the unlosable end of a game that wraps up the championship…. that would be cool. Enjoy your day, FU, catch you here in about 8 hours….

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