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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 21, 2014

Just watch this. It’s so epic.

Honestly, my favorite moment of the vid is Rowand’s 2nd fist pump to the music at 5:09. That shit just got real. And who remembers who the 1st baseman was who caught the last out of the 2010 NLDS? I didn’t.

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  1. paulinasia said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Kind of… a little… misty-eyed at the moment… 🙂

    • Flavor said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      I watched this 10 times. I cried every time. All at different points.

  2. gianthead said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Just awesome

  3. Bozo said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Yes!!

  4. pawliekokonuts said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I ain’t gonna lie. I needed that. Been a bit of a down day. (Yankee Stadium Mystery Woman = over. She didn’t get my crying over this stuff anyway.) This picked me up. I love how it all blends together. The Giants have truly been a dynasty of destiny. (Q. Rowand at 5:09 was for Uribe HR?)

    • Flavor said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      no, that was after the Rent HR. And sorry you’ve been feeling down my man, but glad I could pick you up with this. Chicks come and go. 3in5 last forever.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        hahaha, well said…Magnus applying the thoroughbred theory to chix [hey, it was my decision; I may be crazy, or not]

      • snarkk said, on December 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm

        Talk about Rent.
        With women, maybe renting is the way to go.
        At minimum, lease with option to buy?…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Ishi caught that…last out for Bobby Cox.

  5. gianthead said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Does not sound like the Giants are going to be very active pursuing a left-fielder and just down to whether to go after Shields full bore…oh well may be a long wait until 2016…

    • Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

      I disagree. If they add Shields its all good. Even if they do not, I think they will be competitive…even with a dumpster dive for an OFer.

  6. pawliekokonuts said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    …and who could forget Theriot’s mad dash home? or Ishi’s helmet smash? another thing from the vid on the previous thread: Timmy’s swagger, his demeanor; his fire. I tellya. He should watch that again.

    • Flavor said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Sanchez….Theriot….Scutaro…..Panik….Are you KIDDING me?

      • pawliekokonuts said, on December 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        and even doomer me can declare after this year’s wild card ride: it can happen again, with brand-new faces. It can. And in fact it is ALWAYS different.

      • Flavor said, on December 21, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        Y E S

  7. ewisco said, on December 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    three words: w o w

    • pawliekokonuts said, on December 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      good one

  8. Bozo said, on December 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    After that video that BF posted I kind of hate to post this. It is from 2006 and has Bonds, Giambi and Bernie Williams doing a Japanese show. If you have a 1/2 hour to kill and want to watch something silly, this worked for me. But now? I think I’ll go watch Flav’s post again.
    Cheers all.

  9. snarkk said, on December 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    All great stuff. Amazing how many great vignettes have happened in the last 5 seasons and 3 playoff years.
    The amount of great stuff in that vid makes me have zero problem with the Niners, and where they’re headed.
    My favorites, in reverse order:

    5. Jazz hands Uribe with that dinger to right in Philly in the deciding NLCS game.
    4. The Beard catching Howard looking to win the Pennant.
    3. Panda squeezing the final out in KC and flopping on the grass like a fish out of water.
    2. Buster smoking the grand salami at the Reds, and the Reds catcher stalking off and cursing immediately knowing that sucker was gone, and gone right over the “Latos” sign in left center.
    1a. The Beard striking out Cruz to win the first WS ever for SF
    1b. Ishi with the walkoff
    1c. Scutaro in the rain…
    After 45 years as a fan, these last 3 of 5 have made enough memories to last another 45. I wanted one WS win before I croaked, and here we’ve had 3, and each one has been great, different than the others. But, hell, this winning stuff is so good, I want more ASAP…

  10. snarkk said, on December 21, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    And, Raiduhs have done it again.
    Won a meaningless game to insure they won’t get the first pick, the Mariota pick they could have traded for a handful of picks to re-stock the roster. Way to go, Raiduhs…

  11. zumiee said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Great video, and there’s such a bounty of great and important moments to choose from, they still had incredible ones left over: Morse’s big HR against the Cards, Pence on the fence, Bumgarner dealing in ’14, and others. We’ve joked about witchcraft, but it’s really a bunch of guys playing great baseball in the most important time of the season.

    • paulinasia said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:37 am

      You’re right, Zum, could make another whole video with different moments and still be classic.

  12. paulinasia said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Hope you leave this thread up for another day, Craig: just in case some Flappers were feeling the basking starting to fade a bit, we can watch that video again. And again. Such great moments. Yeah, I’d sort of forgotten that Bobby Cox’s “last out” had Ishi taking the throw at 1st, but I definitely didn’t remember that Melky made that last out. Ha. We like getting the myriad Cabrera cousins to make last outs, don’t we…. Also love hearing the evolution of Joe Buck’s calls go from despondent in 2010 whenever the Giants did something great, to possibly even enthusiastic this last go-around…. and watching the evolution of the rather manic and have-no-idea-how-to-do-this celebrations of 2010 to the rather head-nodding “yeah, we got this” in 2014…. Damn. Fuck this every other year crap. Wind it up, baby, and do it again in 2015.

    • Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Paul – that is exactly what I have been saying since the end of this season. 2016? Every other year?? FUCK THAT! Time to break that mold (or retire it for the HOF) and win it all again….NEXT YEAR!

      ONLY 58 days until pitchers and catchers report!

      Humm Baby – Let’s DO IT AGAIN!

  13. pawliekokonuts said, on December 22, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Some great comments here. Snarkkkkk’s list is great, as is Zumieeeee’s alt list for reel 2. All good stuff above. G’morning, girls. Early for me! Up and at ’em. Doing all right.

  14. paulinasia said, on December 22, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Hang in there, Pawlie. Or better yet, fly out to Bangkok to meet up with Steve and me in January…. 🙂

  15. paulinasia said, on December 22, 2014 at 5:49 am

    And… to the ears and minds and hearts of all Giants fans anywhere at any time in the history of baseball, I doubt there are any words more sweet than “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!” Hats off to Russ Hodges for implanting that in our very being, and even more so to these 3 in 5 guys. Love hearing it 3 times in that video. Love it almost more than whatever they say when the they win the Series… Maybe because lately, the pennant has meant another championship, and just hearing “The Giants win the pennant!” means, here comes another one….

    • pawliekokonuts said, on December 22, 2014 at 6:51 am

      hey, good point, sensei…….speaking of expats, WHERE IS EDDDDDDACKER??

      • Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

        I was wondering the same thing Pawlie. He was supposed to give me a call and we were going to meet up in these lovely Sierra foothills I call home. Edd – paging Mr. Eddacker. Please pick up the Black and Orange courtesy phone…

    • willedav said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:28 am

      yeah one of greatest calls of all time. I was thinking same thing when Ishi cracked his…”The giants win the pennant!…”

  16. willedav said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

    2010 for me is Cody Ross, late waiver pick up that sat while Giants played the forgettable Jose Guillen instead. Up and down career before and after, bounced around and always seems to be on the DL.
    But dang, showed the Phils “I got your ace right here.”

  17. gianthead said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Anyone else read that Shea article and Sabean’s disconcerting quote about “budget constraint?”

    By my count with signing Romo, Peavy and McGehee and the likely cost of arb eligible players, I count payroll at $155 mill. Just $5 mill more than last season and now they are giving us the budget line. A World Series only allows a $5 mill bump??? My back of the mind fear was that ownership was not going to let Sabes go to the $170 mill level to take care of our immediate 2015 needs.

    Therefore after first the Panda effort and then the Lester play, we were really not going to be contenders of a serious nature for Nelson Cruz, J Up, Tomas, etc. So we go in house options for Romo and Peavy and cheap route on Santa Cruz boy. And I see no sign that we will be seriously in on Scherzer. Shields will be at least a $15 mill acquisition. I still rather have a LF than Shields at this point. But the market and the maybe cupboard are dry…

    • Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Doom da doom doom….

      I ain’t buying it GH. I would have liked to have seen a more productive off-season, but I don’t think they are done, and Sabean has proven (budget or not) that he knows how to put a fucking winner together, and Bochy has proven that he can turn chicken shit into chicken soup.

      I’ve got my Polly Fucking Anna shades on and am still basking my ass off.

      • zumiee said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

        🙂 🙂

      • gianthead said, on December 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

        I am not questioning Sabean but whether ownership has constrained what he can do financially for 2015. They had a number they could get to and Lester would have been the big get and if we landed him, I now wonder whether Romo and Peavy would have been kept. I think Lester and Panda combined would have gotten us to $170 mill and they would not have added any other piece.

        So maybe that is still the number and James Shields at $15 mill is the one added gets you to $170 mill.

      • Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        I am glad they did not get Lester. No way I wanted him for that kind of coin. I am happy with what has transpired, and as of today, Sabean has said the OF situation is slim, they will explore filling that via a trade, and I have read they are still in on Shields. Whatever the fuck he has to work with financially, I am sure it will all be fine. And as Zumie and others have said, they’ll make any adjustments at the trade deadline, as they always do. I just am not tripping over it…payroll or not.

  18. dirtnrocksnomo said, on December 22, 2014 at 9:17 am

    That video is awesome. The Padres must be sick as hell of watching Giants clinchers. 2010-2014 is bookended nicely by Bumgarner WS pitching performances. I could go on about that video for days. Ishikawa in the mix in 2010 and here again in 2014 is such a great story. We had our extended family Christmas get together last weekend. One of my cousins told me that Ishikawa and Scheirholtz(?) attended his company Christmas party as sort of celebrity guests. He ended up with signed pictures from both of them. I don’t remember what Scheirholtz was doing in his pic but Ishikawa’s was the 2014 NLCS moment right after the helmet spike as he rounded third. Raw emotion on his face, Casilla doing a crazy man dance next to him, Flannery with his arms raised.

    The family does this white elephant exchange at the end of the night and my cousin opens his bag and throws those pics into the mix. In a family of Giants fans everyone pretty much lost their minds. Those pics were like precious gems and were stolen, bargained for and argued over for at least an hour. I had them in my possession for a brief moment only to have them taken by another cousin. I’m not talking to her again until at least next year.

    • Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Great story dirt. LMOA. I would have grabbed the Ishi picture and ran like hell…telling everyone “See you suckers next year!”

  19. Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I have only read Paul and Flav’s comments (first two), so now I don’t feel so bad. I was going to say that I am the BIGGEST PUSS when it comes to this shit…as I was crying like a fucking baby (you just hope like hell no one comes by your desk). LMAO.

    EPIC is right. FUCK I LOVE THIS TEAM!

    The Baskometer just blew the fucking needle off the dial!

  20. Irish Kevin said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Very cool video. I just love it when as a fan I can tell by the swing of the bat that it is going to be a homerun. Belt and Posey’s swings were so smooth you just know the balls have left the yard.

  21. Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

    OKAY…I must go watch that video again (or 10 more times)…

  22. Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I like the way the video starts out (with the 2010 win) in black and white…

    • Flavor said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      agreed. One of my favorite parts of the video.

  23. zumiee said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    One of the many things we’ve seen with the 3-in-5 is that the Giants win the World Series each time with a slightly, and sometimes more than slightly, different line-up than they start the season with. I’m just not going to trip on what our opening day line-up is in 2015. Sabean’s more than shown that he knows how to make the necessary changes as the season rolls on. Yeah, some of his moves backfire, but he also nails it enough to get the job done very well.
    I went onto the McCovey Chronicles for the first time in a while, and a couple of people were complaining about what the Giants traded to get Peavey this past season. Are you kidding me????? All that did was make me think: Yeah, that’s why I don’t go on the McCovey Chronicles very often. Maybe they have a lot of young fans on that forum, who have NO idea what it’s like to go 50+ years without a World Series win. I became a Giants fan in ’71, so I was waiting 39 years.
    The Giants, under Sabean, build for the playoffs, not as much for the regular season. That’s a particular strategy, and it’s been a great one. The team is now built better for its home ballpark, which it couldn’t do so much during the Bonds era. Sabean’s not worrying about how “sexy” the Giants are these days. He’s putting together rosters of scrappy, good ballplayers; mentally tough grinders, tough competitors. They keep beating the more talented rosters on paper. It’s a remarkable thing, and it will never make them the media darlings, because the Giants keep proving the media WRONG, and the media doesn’t really like that. Bumgarner stole the national media’s heart this post-season, but that’s a rare occurrence for the Giants. Enjoy the attention when it’s there, but the media is always going to gravitate to the teams that make bigger off-season splashes. The Giants and the Cardinals are rarely that type of “hype” team, yet they’ve been winning the Pennant and the World Series a lot lately.

    • Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Excellent synopsis Zume…

  24. Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    “And for the first time since 1954, the Giants are World Champions.” Hard to believe that they brought us all what we cherished so much…ONE World Series title, but then they did it again, and again…

    I’m just a mess, albeit a very happy basking my ass off mess, every time I watch this video. Thanks, Flav…you hit a grand salami walk-off in the bottom of the 9th with this one.

    And thank you too for providing us with the FLAP UNIVERSE!

  25. Irish Kevin said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, Rest in Peace Joe Cocker. 70 years young

  26. twinfan1 said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    “Joe Cocker, legendary musician, dead at the age of 70”

    http://www.vox.com/2014/12/22/7435069/joe-cocker

    • Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Wow. Rest In Peace. I remember wearing out my vinyl double album of Mad Dogs and Englishmen back in high school…

      • twinfan1 said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm

        70 is way too young- but there was a time when it would have a miracle if he lived to be 40…the man got it together.

      • twinfan1 said, on December 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

        He’s probably already rockin’ it with Ray Charles.

  27. xoot said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Yes, RIP Joe Cocker. Unchain My Heart, Feelin’ Alright, a lot of great stuff.

    My son tells me the Giants just dropped Villalona from the 40-man–end of his mlb minimum salary. Is Dec. 31 the end of his 6 years under the reserve clause? His erratic tenure’s tough to track. Chris Haft, 11/18/11: “Villalona filed a $5 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Giants earlier this year, but dropped the suit after the organization reinstated him to its farm system.” Wonder if anyone will claim him now?

    • twinfan1 said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Feelin’ Alright – Live HD

      • Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm

        And just a little over a year ago…

    • twinfan1 said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      He’s still in the organization, just not on the 40.

      • xoot said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        yeah, I’m just wondering when the organization claim ends and he’s a FA. True, nobody else can claim him until that or some other form of final release occurs.

  28. Chipower9 said, on December 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Sure, we will never replace Pablo. I will have mad love for The Panda forever, and his contributions to our team’s success, but I did find these numbers interesting…

    From last year (by the way, McGehee had 30 more ABs than Pablo):

    Hits:
    Mcgehee – 177
    Pablo – 164

    RBIs:
    McGehee – 76
    Pablo – 73

    Doubles:
    McGehee – 29
    Pablo – 26

    OBP:
    McGehee – .355
    Pablo – .324

    Pablo did lead in runs scored (68 to 56), SLG (.415 to .357) and HRs (16 to four).

    McGehee also had more assists, was in on more double plays, and had the NL’s highest fielding percentage.

    Sure, there are no guarantees he can replicate those numbers, but I still thought the comparison of numbers interesting.

    • snarkk said, on December 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Good comparisons Chi. It’ll be interesting to see how those stats translate where 1/2 the games for him are now at ATT. Maybe his doubles will go up a bit. Still concerned about the big number of DPs …

  29. El Capitan said, on December 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    And if that one isn’t enough…..this should get you through the cold months.

    • El Capitan said, on December 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Like the hip hop music to this

  30. Alleykat said, on December 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Suctaro had back surgery(fusion) yesterday… Out 4-6 months.
    Can you just retire already?
    Your place in Flap history is secured.

    • unca_chuck said, on December 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Who knew he was in?

    • pawliekokonuts said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      It IS sad.

  31. Macdog said, on December 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    The moment we’ve all been waiting for (well,me anyway): Trophy Tour Dates!

    Jan 24 at Finnerty’s. DJ, you’d best be there!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      I’m ready, to quote SpongeBob Squarepants.

      • DJLoo said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        Some beers after?

    • Macdog said, on December 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Before and during, too.

    • snarkk said, on December 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      B of A is sponsoring the Trophy Tour. Giants make money even just squiring around the Trophy. At least they don’t charge fans to see it, though they may charge for a photo with it, snapped by a Gyros photog. Not sure about that…

      • Chipower9 said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

        They will allow you to snap one photo with your own camera, and you have the option of buying one from the Giants.

  32. Flavor said, on December 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Scoots held off on surgery as long as he could. You know he wants to play. Sad. With some of these WS hero guys it’s like they sold their souls to the devil to make it into WS lore. Totally bizarre how many guys crap out completely after soaring to the top……

  33. Flavor said, on December 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I still can’t get over this video. I could watch this every day for a thousand times for a million days. It’s just perfect.

    • twinfan1 said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      My favorite may be Edgar’s game winner. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cooler customer after hitting such a huge Home Run. Everybody else is going nuts and Edgar is like he’s taking a leisurely stroll in the park. ” All in a day’s work, guys.”

      • DJLoo said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        I still remember the clunking sound it made when it landed over the wall…

      • snarkk said, on December 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

        And, Flemm with the high pitched call…
        http://tinyurl.com/lwhn3t9

  34. sportdude said, on December 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Simply awesome. Thanks Craig.

  35. snarkk said, on December 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Saw that vid on Timmeh winning the clincher at Texas in 2010. Take a look at that and see how he finishes off the pitch on balance with the left foot heading straight into the plate. Sometimes, not a lot, he’ll fall a little off left. Compare to last year, where his left foot often lands left of the straight line from rubber to plate, and he falls off way way left almost always. I think there is a connection with his loss of control…

  36. zumiee said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Here’s some guy’s advanced metric analysis of Blanco. Its impenetrable opaque numerical gibberish is entertaining in a kind of post-modern way:

    “Take a 3/2/1 weighted average of his Fielding+Positional adjustment, which becomes +5.7/480 PAs or 7.1 per 600. And then regress those ~2700 innings vs. 2000 innings of average for a player who spends 50% of his time in LF, which is -2/600 PAs. So that’s +3.2 per 600. And now looking back at the original ZiPS, Blanco is projected to be something like -6 with the bat. If we assume average baserunning, then that suggests he’s being projected almost entirely as a CF.
    Our first pass weighted average suggested +1 in CF, but he’s getting -4. So yeah, it seems a bit bearish.
    The implied assumption is that Szymborski is treating defense as scaling with the positional adjustment (meaning moving 10 runs down the positional chain at a similar position improves your defense by 10 runs). There would be better estimates of that out there, but that seems reasonable enough to me, at least between OF positions.”

  37. zumiee said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:28 am

    The Trophy Tour is a very cool thing. Seeing the various places on the list brings a smile. The Tour is coming to the Willits Community Center! You gotta love that. How long the reach is of the excitement and joy of what the Giants have brought their fans is hard to completely fathom, state-wide, nationally, and globally.

    • DJLoo said, on December 23, 2014 at 4:05 am

      Finnerty’s is close enough, but in 2010 I remember thinking they should bring it straight to my living room…

  38. zumiee said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Nice quote from Romo:

    “During the stretch there at the end, especially the parade, I really got a chance to sit down with everybody and chat with teammates. We were like, man, do you realize how lucky and blessed we are? The things that I’ve experienced, the things that some of us who have come up in this organization have seen collectively: Three World Series, two Cy Youngs, an MVP, a Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, perfect games, no-hitters, Panda’s three homers. This year you look and the icing on the cake was the ring, right? We just won a third ring. That’s some historic stuff that Bumgarner did there. We’re blessed. Talking to some of our rookies this year, man you guys have no idea how lucky you are this year and how unbelievably awesome it is. It doesn’t happen a whole lot. These guys have a month, two months or three months in the big leagues and there’s a Tim Hudson who waited 16 years to have one. I definitely have sat down and reflected on what’s going on.”

    • unca_chuck said, on December 23, 2014 at 8:14 am

      That is very cool, Zumie. Glad we kept Romo. It would have sicked to see him on a Dodger uni.

    • willedav said, on December 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Nice. I like Romo, even the commercials. The one where he’s riding in a car with the media guys who are stealing his line, “That’s what’s up” is pretty funny.
      His problems with LH I think are more about location than anything else. Vs RH the slider is breaking down and away from them and it’s unhittable, but vs. LH he doesn’t seem to get it quite down and in far enough at back foot. Down and in to LH can be in their wheelhouse but at the back foot in the dirt it’s perfect.
      2 years is also perfect—maybe by then SF will have developed or acquired new blood for the pen.

    • Chipower9 said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Awesome…thanks for sharing, Zume…

  39. paulinasia said, on December 23, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Yeah, great quote from Romo. Of course he’s so right, watching that team win it this 3rd time with Hudson finally getting to the promised land, and the likes of Panik, starry eyed kid, getting there so early in his career. I remember thinking that about Posey in 2010, wondering if he understood how rare and difficult an achievement that was, and now seeing him go out and rather gleefully win 2 more. *What’s going on* is damn right, Sergio….

  40. willedav said, on December 23, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Kings were just overmatched last night by Dubs at home. maybe watching how well Dubs move the ball and unselfish they are rubs off on some of them. GS does a lot of neat little 2 or 3 man stuff where they screen and cut and create openings to take advantage of whatever D gives them and players recognize and pass the ball.
    Silver lining in Bogut injury will be more time for Lee and even more imp for Ezeli, who played Cousins to a standstill last night. When he was able to establish post position he scored right over Cousins and also blocked a couple shots. More he plays and is around starters, better he’s gonna get.

    • Irish Kevin said, on December 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

      I am in Sacramento, right now a lot of turmoil. Kind of like the Niners. Coach is fired, have a bench coach to lead the team, looking for a new coach. Fun times.

      • Chipower9 said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        Kings have been in turmoil for…like, forever. Well, at least since they lost that game 7 to the Lakers…I am hopeful that with new ownership, they can become relevant again.

  41. zumiee said, on December 23, 2014 at 10:12 am

    This was probably obvious; I read something that said all three trophies will be on the Trophy Tour.

  42. zumiee said, on December 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Yeah, the Kings ran into a buzzsaw last night called the Golden State Warriors. The way the Warriors are playing, they are a serious threat to get to the Finals. But- as we all know, the Western Conference is not an easy gauntlet to run, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. The Warriors sure are fun to watch. Curry is just ridiculously talented. I love his touch on those runners and floaters in the key. He’s possibly the best there’s ever been at those. And that’s in addition to deadly outside shooting, with that incredible touch on those shots, too.

    • willedav said, on December 23, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Yeah, I like them a lot, and their depth is encouraging with Green’s emergence, Barnes regaining confidence, Iguodala content to contribute off bench and Livingston filling back up point role well. I like the way they attack basket more often instead of settling for Js–that game gets them into trouble.

      Kings fans got raw deal by letting go previous coach. They have a lot of young players trying to adjust to NBA game, and West Conference is tough place to learn.
      Running game owner and GM so enamored of is predicated mostly on defense and rebounding in half court. You can’t fast break much if you are taking the ball out of your own basket all the time (like they were last night). And if you do make playoffs half court game predominates, so you’d better be able to execute an offense under more intensive D pressure, and stop one. Otherwise you’re gone early.

  43. salty said, on December 23, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Wondering how far Warriors can go without Bogut, who can’t stay healthy. Hard to see him being 100% again. Might just be better off with Azeli.

  44. Irish Kevin said, on December 23, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Henry Schulman‏@hankschulman·11 mins11 minutes ago
    Cubs claim Mike Kickham off waivers, clearing roster spot for Peavy. #sfgiants

    • stickman said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Spose i shouldn’t Kickham when he’s down, but how more down can you get than being claimed by the Cubbies? He placement on the 40-man was strictly padding before resigning Peavy. Well, maybe Cubbies can get some use outta him as a loogy. Save the Redwoods but kick out the dead wood. Villalona was another such. The 40-man is tightening.

  45. Flavor said, on December 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Was gonna write a new thread today but screw it, I’m still watching that video

  46. xoot said, on December 23, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Giants removed Kickham from the 40 man and the Cubs claimed him. Interesting manoeuvres going on with that big roster. Couple of kids worth watching on it now. And Pavlovic posted this note a month ago: http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants/2014/11/20/offseason-notes-giants-add-four-right-handers-40-man-roster-gutierrez-dfad/
    I saw a fangraphs article yesterday, “How the Teams Are Built,” that includes a chart showing home-grown talent team by team. Giants were way up at the top with 24 on the 40 (behind only the Mets, with 27). The a’s now are last with 4. Amazing.

    • xoot said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      sorry, Irish K. I should’ve reviewed the comments better!

      • Irish Kevin said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

        Ha ha no sorry needed. Nice job

    • Chipower9 said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Good read, xoot. Thanks.

  47. San Dawg said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Finally got to sit back and enjoy the video—-just awesome. Love how it jumps between moments from all 3 title marches. I think the Theriot slide is my favorite moment. Love it when the players are just as pumped as I am when something like that happens. Romo’s on-mound celebration gestures are still not my favorites, but what a great, gutsy pitcher.
    I always like it when my beloved Sactown Kings get a little run around here—even if it is mostly negative! I was pissed about Malone getting fired, but I like the direction of the roster. McLemore looks like he is blossoming into a player after having maybe the worst rookie season I’ve ever seen from a guy who got significant minutes. Cousins is a beast and Gay fits pretty well here. I detest the Warriors, but admire how well they play. Better times are coming for the Kings.
    ..and sayonara to Kickham, arguably the worst pitcher in the history of the San Francisco Giants. Let me trot out my “go to” Kickham post one last time:

    “Kickham when they’re up, Kickham when they’re down”
    “Kickham when they’re up, Kickham when they’re down”
    “Kickham when they’re up, Kickham when they’re down”
    Kickham when they’re stiff, Kickham all around”

    • Irish Kevin said, on December 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      ha ha ha ha ha

    • Chipower9 said, on December 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Dirty little secrets…dirtly little lies…she can tell you about the dodgers failing with a gleam in her eye…

      • Macdog said, on December 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

        “Give us Dirrrrrrty Sanchez.”

  48. snarkk said, on December 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Based on the last coupla threads with videos and comments, IMO this week may be the height of the Basking season and nadir of the off/hot stove season. I’m up for as much basking as possible, since I’m still in recovery from a decade of Johnny Lemaster…

    • ewisco said, on December 23, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      a makers and the BBOTD can cure most of what ails you.

  49. Chipower9 said, on December 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Wishing all of you out there in Flap Universe the most blessed holiday season, and a healthy and happy 2015! Thank you Craig for continuing to give us this space. It is hard to imagine life without this blog, and all of you.

    • Flavor said, on December 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      back at ya, brother.

  50. Alleykat said, on December 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Giants added a pitcher named Joan?
    Gregario to their 40 man/gal roster,
    Thought it was a typo, but noooooo at 6’7 180lb beanpole, that’s a tall babe,

  51. Flavor said, on December 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I lied. new thread.


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