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Ashkon, Where Are You?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 15, 2014

I’m a big Ashkon fan. Well, I should say that I enjoy 3 of his videos, I don’t really know anything about him. I’ve been hoping for a new one to come out commemorating the 2014 championship but I haven’t seen anything yet on youtube.

Here are his 3 videos, all epic in their own way.

The first one was great because of it’s novelty. I also love the Will the Thrill impersonations he does.

I loved the vibe of “Feeling Like a Giant”. I also loved the slo-mo’s of the fans–super-ass confident and proud. Knowing dude head nods in motion….

“We Are the Champions” is probably my favorite. His Freddy Mercury impersonation, especially when he’s talking about Verlander, was epic.

Which of the 3 were your favorite? Or did you hate them all? Maybe this is more your speed:

This one was really good, wasn’t it?

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  1. snarkk said, on November 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Well, the first Ashkon vid was produced just after they won the division, and BEFORE the WS. It was a song of wonder and hope that looked back on some rough seasons in the recent past. And, made w/out any official Giants corporate participation. So, it was a part of the “scene” surrounding that magical push to the finish. The other ones seem to have had Giants cooperation of some sort. So, I liked the first one the best, it was from the heart and outta nowhere. Have no idea where the guy is now. Novelty wears off, I guess…

    • snarkk said, on November 15, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Here’s a link to Ashkon’s facebook page, if you want to look. His Oct 11 entry explains what’s going on. Looks like he won’t be making another video…
      https://www.facebook.com/ashkonmusic

  2. snarkk said, on November 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    If you want to relive a bit of the season, check out these defensive plays, including Pence on the Fence. Beware, they have an ad playing for 15 seconds before each one. Good stuff, though. I really like the DP that Hicks/Craw did early on. I assume guys like Hicks get a full share. I’d certainly give him one, he semi-carried the team early on…
    http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2014/11/13/7216621/best-giants-defensive-play-2014-world-series

  3. snarkk said, on November 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Looking at the Cal Bears this season, they’re 5-5, 3-5 in conference. Actually, darn better than I imagined. One win was vs. a cupcake, Sac state, but that’s no different than any other big conference teams. Of the losses, they gave one win away to Arizona on the road on an idiotic last play Hail Mary, then could have beaten UCLA at Berkeley in the waning seconds, but got picked to end the game. Easily, they could be 6-4 and 4-4 in conference, and 7-5 and 5-3 if they had any expertise at closing games out, and not cheesecloth for a defense. If they only had a pass rusher or two, and a few guys with speed and cover skills in the D backfield. D backs are horrible. If they can recruit some D players, especially out of JC for next season, they could be a 3 or max 4 loss team, with this offense they have. That’s an IF on getting the D upgraded – Sonny Dykes has never shown he can recruit and employ even an average defense. Plus,the QB Goff will be at his best in his junior year, the kid will get drafted into the NFL after next season — he’s got an NFL arm and good poise, can read coverages. Niners, anyone? Stanfoo needs to watch out this upcoming Big Game at Berkeley. Bears may do more than just pee on the Tree…

    • Flavor said, on November 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      I’m not looking forward to the Big Game

    • willedav said, on November 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Snarkk, I’ve enjoyed watching most of what games I’ve seen when they have the ball. Dykes is innovative O guy, and in this day of spread offenses he would be a good find for any program as a co-ordinator. I think they can put up some points vs. Stanford, but might not be enough to stop Shaw and his ground attack.

      I also think this–you give Dykes the Cards team, they’d score plenty often with Montgomery Cajuste and the running backs.

      • Flavor said, on November 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        I totally agree with your final point of this post. I can’t stand Shaw (or Harbaugh).

  4. dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I don’t miss this dude at all.

    • Flavor said, on November 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      I’ll assume you’re referencing the short white guy in the Bee Wheezy video.

  5. snarkk said, on November 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    More off-season Giants “hijinks”.
    Pence is hilarious…
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/giants/bochy-giants-give-best-bumgarner-impersonations

  6. Flavor said, on November 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Snarkk— thanks for posting his facebook page. Bums me out that he’s done but he’s right, you can’t force genius like that.

    • zumiee said, on November 15, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      I wouldn’t have guessed that one of the reasons Ashkon didn’t have time for making videos these days was that he was busy doing his schoolwork. That’s cool. Good for him.

  7. zumiee said, on November 15, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Rough night for the MLB team vs. the Japanese. The MLB team gets no-hit, and Cano gets hit by a pitch and ends up with a broken toe. Double ouch.

  8. zumiee said, on November 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    To be fair, most of the MLB players playing in these games in Japan hadn’t faced major league-level pitching in over a month. It’s tough to find their batting timing on the fly.

    • willedav said, on November 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Are you surprised at the success the top Asian pitchers that have come over here have had?
      Darvish, Tanaka, Ryu, Iwashima (the Mariners SP), plus others I can’t recall off hand, can get mlb hitters out with regularity. Ryu can even hit pretty well.

      • willedav said, on November 15, 2014 at 6:39 pm

        Myself, I thought Tanaka signing wasn’t going to work out well at all.
        Japanese approach the game quite differently from US teams in terms of workouts and practice, wonder how that works for pitchers.

      • zumiee said, on November 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm

        A lot of the Asian pitchers seem to have a hesitation of various kinds in their delivery. It’s probably difficult to master, but if a pitcher can master it, it can be quite effective, as they’ve proven.
        Kershaw has a hesitation in his motion. It would seem to put more strain on the arm, though. I wonder if Kershaw will hold up well on into the future.

  9. pawliekokonuts said, on November 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I walked up to Ashkon at Finnerty’s, maybe during one of the trophy tours (ahem; they are so hard to keep track of). I approached him like a celebrity. Very nice fellow. Soft-spoken. Humble.

    • snarkk said, on November 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Perfect example of how the Internet makes instant celebrities when circumstance meets opportunity. We may not see/hear much from this guy ever again. And, that’s ok. But, he was a small, memorable part of a magical post-season (2010) run…

  10. DJLoo said, on November 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Anybody see the uniforms the Packers are wearing today?
    They look like spacemen from some ’60’s cartoon…

  11. zumiee said, on November 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Pity those Raider fans….

  12. Bozo said, on November 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I think Ashkon grew up watching this.

    • zumiee said, on November 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      That ’85 season was scary for a lot of reasons. 🙂

    • snarkk said, on November 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Hawaiian shirts on the grounds crew, and 100 losses.
      What a combo…

  13. zumiee said, on November 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    My wife bought me a bunch of great Giants swag for my birthday. A Giants championship issue of Sports Illustrated, and a t-shirt like the one the players wore right after winning the World Series, and a Giants 2014 Championship black hoodie. I’m wearing the hoodie right now and the positive vibe from wearing it is off the charts.

  14. zumiee said, on November 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Watching Janikowski kick is kind of funny. It just reminds the viewer how Al Davis drafted a kicker in the first round, while his team was beginning to go down the toilet. 10+ years of awfulness now.

  15. pawliekokonuts said, on November 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    ESPN said Bobby Evans made this comment half-jokingly about the Panda watch:

    “The Dugout Store wants to know what’s going to happen, because they have to figure out whether to put the Panda hats on sale or not,” Evans said.

    Not a joke at all. Don’t tell me Panda’s marketing appeal doesn’t figure into calculations.

  16. zumiee said, on November 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I checked out a Red Sox blog because I was curious how those fans were feeling about the Red Sox going after Sandoval. They’re pretty divided about it, and most pretty negative about it, which kind of surprised me:

    I’d go 4-5 years
    Only if Headley isn’t available any longer.

    by TimRich88 on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:38 AM reply

    Are they really getting in a bidding war for this guy?

    by Dubes35 on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:44 AM reply

    5 years only if the AAV is under $18M AAV
    But I’d much, much prefer 4 years.

    by .406 on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:49 AM reply

    I’m not cool with five years
    or Sandoval.

    by TheLoneDavid on Nov 7, 2014 | 10:46 AM reply

    Yeah.
    Two years? Eh, I guess. I just have a really bad feeling that he’s the next Josh Hamilton.
    Give me Headley on a cheaper and shorter contract.

    by MikeAtBU on Nov 7, 2014 | 11:41 AM up reply

    Yeah this
    Do not want

    by MaineSox on Nov 7, 2014 | 12:51 PM up reply

  17. paulinasia said, on November 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Interesting, Zum. Those you mentioned there seem to prefer Headley. Why? Just because they’re *maybe* more familiar with him ’cause they saw him with NY this season (albeit not for all that long…)? We’ve all seen Headley over here in the NL and i’ve heard NO ONE here say he’s even an option. Maybe it just shows how little the Red Sox fans have paid attention to or watched the past couple of World Series. Sounds like they will be pissed if/when the Sox offer Pablo anything beyond 4 years and near $100m. I know ya’ll here tend to shit on Sox fans a lot, but in my days there, I found them to be fairly knowledgeable, even if obnoxious….


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