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Pa(Gone) Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 30, 2016

Fanfest is coming up. February 13th. Pagan is missing his third straight. This is big news here. Do ANY of you care that Angel Pagan isn’t making the trek from Puerto Rico to come to freaking Fanfest?

I think Pagan should do whatever he wants to do. It’s not like he’s hanging out in a condo overlooking Super Bowl city. He’s in Puerto Rico. With a family. I think his wife recently had another baby. And he’s got that baseball clinic he does for all the poor kids in his town.

And now he’s getting shit because he won’t come to a 1 day jackoff session at AT&T that is more merchandise-driven than it is fan-driven?

Screw that.

I’m missing my 3rd straight fanfest too and you don’t see the media around here up in arms about that. But who knows, we still have a couple of weeks to go for them to whip into an angry lather about the “Flavor Snubs Fanfest” non-story……

Dead Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 29, 2016

No baseball.

No football.

NBA, but that only holds my interest in terms of Steph Curry and/or DFS.

Entering the dark days of sports…….

Mets

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 27, 2016

The Mets kept Big Cespy and that was quite a move by them. Renting him went well. Why not keep renting him? Sure, he can opt out after the first year but if he did that it’s probably because he had another big year. This is a good example of a team getting the best out of a player currently playing rather than paying for what they’ve already done.

With that pitching staff maturing another year, the Mets look quite imposing going into 2016.

Dominating

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 26, 2016

It’s getting to the point where I’m only watching the first half of Warrior games. If this team stays healthy, the NBA finals will receive an all time low ratings.

 

Super Bowl and a Quick Story

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 25, 2016

Really looking forward to the SB mostly because I hate Denver sports and will enjoy watching the Broncos get destroyed in another championship game. Years and years of having to listen to one of my best friends blather on about the Broncos did this to me.

Cam Newton has grown on me. I used to think he was just obnoxious but he’s so good he’s backing it up and you can’t really hate on that. Plus, the dude is always smiling, even right after he gets tackled. Seems to really enjoy the game.

So I am putting aside my distaste for SEC players and will genuinely enjoy the SB.

Funny story about the last time the Panthers were in the SB. I was in Reno, drunk, finishing off my bets at the window. Just before I walked away I made a final wager: $20 on the Panthers scoring EXACTLY 29 points. No idea why I did this. Had $20 left and…. as I said above…drunk. It paid 30-1 and that looked pretty good to me at the time.

I wandered off and began playing blackjack (that was just before I got into poker and left that dumb game behind forever)— lost money, met some chick, yada yada. Anyway, I wasn’t playing a huge amount of attention to the game, kinda kept track of it on a nearby tv and it looked like things weren’t going well for my fistful of bets. Somewhere in the 4th Q I tossed all my tickets as they all looked like losers to me. It feels good to toss away losing tickets. If you aren’t a gambler you might not know this.

Anyway, in my drunken haze I had forgotten about the single bet of them scoring 29 points. As the final score flashed on a nearby screen I was like, “wait a min….Oh my God, what have I done!” I proceeded to check every garbage can I remembered passing by. No luck.

Hours later my buddy Dave goes, “let’s just talk to the pit boss and tell him what happened.” We did that and to my shock the pit boss said “that was such an unusual bet I can pay it out to you since there is only one of those left that haven’t been claimed.”

And that’s what he did. Only time I’ve ever cashed a ticket without the actual ticket.

I showered Dave with gifts……

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UPDATE: Dave read the blog today and requested that I make the following changes to the story. Here is what he said:

dave

He lives in Reno so I’m assuming I went back 90 days later to cash. That was a long time ago, I have no recollection about having to wait 90 days but at the time he drank considerably less than I did so I will go with him on this one.

I call bullshit on the no-showering claim.

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Game Day!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 24, 2016

I think Denver wins just because they’re at home with a better defense. Also, everyone is predicting that NE walks in this one and we know how “everyone” usually does at the betting window.

Carolina beating AZ seems pretty likely.

But really, who knows? Just needed a new thread.

DH Time Baby!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 22, 2016

I wrote a little bit about this 4+ years ago….

https://oneflapdown77.com/2011/11/17/what-the-astros-move-to-the-american-league-will-mean-for-baseball/

I don’t really get the furor that the DH invokes in NL fans. I’d prefer to not see it changed to the NL but it will hardly affect my interest in the game. I’m not going to stop watching baseball because I don’t get to witness a double switch.

But I get why NL fans don’t want it. I really think a lot of that just has to do with routine. We’re all in a routine as fans.

I bet Barry can still hit. How awesome would it be to bring him back as our DH? lulz.

Or Aubry Huff. He’s kick starting a comeback, right?

Baron Davis?

Ok, I’m done…..

Date Update

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 21, 2016

Chi, how many more days till pitchers and catchers report?

Free Spending Tigers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 19, 2016

This Justin Upton thing is….wow.

133 million? For what? This is a guy who has barely hit 30 home runs one time. So he’s not really a big power bat. He hasn’t stolen 20 bases in 5 years. His attitude is marginal, at best.

At least he got a partial no-trade and you can guarantee the Giants are on that list because he “hates” playing in SF.

The Tigers are reminding me of the Angels of a few years ago. Good luck with all that.

Coin Flip

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 17, 2016

I’m not sure how you flip a coin in the air and it doesn’t flip. How does that happen? Maybe if you spin it like a frisbee? Seems to me it would still flip over when it hit the ground. But maybe that’s one of the rules, it has to flip in the air. Either way, the *coin toss* has proven in recent years to be too difficult of a task for field umpires to execute. Maybe they need to go to a *guess what number I’m thinking? Closest guess gets to pick.” That couldn’t be much worse than the freaking coin failing to flip.

Anyway, the laws of physics took a hit yesterday…..

That was a pretty epic game. Bummed I have to miss the 2 today but I’ll be re-freshing my phone like a boss at this all-day volleyball tourney I have to go to……

NFL

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 16, 2016

Four very interesting games this weekend. I posted my predictions on Chuck’s blog, encourage you to do the same.

I want to see the Chiefs win, just don’t know if they can pull it off without Maclin and with Kelce likely to be shut down by Chung. But you never know, maybe Smith takes the team on his shoulders and runs them to victory! Hey, he’s done it before….

Who you guys like this weekend?

Niners New Coach

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 15, 2016

I’ve softened my stance on the Chip Kelly hire mostly because I have no choice. And, the pickins were slim. If the choice was between him and the 2 AARP members I guess I’ll go with Kelly. And who knows, maybe he learned something from getting his ass fired in Philly. And come on, it’s Philly, aren’t most things dysfunctional in that sports town? Maybe Kelly just needed a fresh start.

I read somewhere that the #1 conflict resolution strategy for BOTH Kelly and Baalke is to stage a coup. I thought that was sad and also funny.

It will be an interesting season, that is for sure……

Title

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 14, 2016

So I think we can all agree that the Powerball smokes copious amounts of Powerpole.

And, it’s January 14th.

It’s 4:55pm in Reykjavik right now. 21 degrees.

That is all.

Yasiel Puke

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 13, 2016

That tweet I posted early this morning still has me chuckling. What are they going to do with that guy next year?

Rain. Lots of rain. Feel like Andy Dufresne after crawling through that shit line, only less happy.

Zumiee, you guys have to be getting hammered out there. How do the crops look?

 

Odds Shmodds

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 12, 2016

Someone told me the Giants were the favorites to win the World Series next year. That appears to be untrue. They’re 10-1. Cubs and Red Sox are 7-1 and 8-1, respectively.

Future bets are, inherently, pretty dumb. What team looks the same in the post season as it did in Spring Training?

I wonder when the last team favorite to win the WS in ST actually went and won it? Yankees in 2009?

How could you not like our chances?

Losses That Sting

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 10, 2016

Man, Jeremy Hill….

People are going to say that somehow he’s not the goat of that game. That it was the absurd Burfict or Jones, who could be found weeping alone on the bench at the end of the game. And while those 2 idiots definitely played a role in that incomprehensible loss, Hill is the one who is going to have to wear that one forever.

I know this because I still haven’t forgiven Roger Craig for his fumble. Remember that one? Losing to the Giants with 2 minutes to play. All they needed was another 15-20 yards or so for a game winning field goal. Ball handed off to Craig. He runs into the line. Ball pops out. Fucking Lawrence Taylor recovers it.

Game over.

*********Resident Niner expert Chuck corrected me in the comment section that the Niners were winning when he fumbled and the Giants kicked a FG to win it. I don’t remember that at all. Just the fumble and the loss. I did leave my apartment in Portland, Oregon after the fumble and went for a drive. Don’t remember where I drove to. Probably for beer******

And I was a privileged 49er fan with 4 Sb ‘s already in the bank. How must a Bengal fan be coping with last night’s unfathomable defeat?

That was and will always be the worst loss I’ve ever felt as a fan. It still makes me sick to my stomach.

What was your worst loss ever?

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Football

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 9, 2016

I swear to God, I woke up this morning and wondered how cold it was at Carstie’s cabin. Did he fire up the stove yet to warm up that pussy? Hey now.

FOUR games THIS WEEKEND. I wouldn’t bet on any of them. Especially the Minnesota game. What does below zero temperature do to a football? I’m guessing it’s not easy to throw.

They’re saying that this game could break the record set by Twin’s dad in the Ice Bowl game. I hope it doesn’t. I like that record. 🙂

Having a Back Up Plan

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 8, 2016

Here’s what I like most about the Span signing: this is the first off season I can remember where management didn’t just build the barest bones roster they could possibly build.

In the past, we would be counting on Blanco, Pagan and Pence and that would be it. Kelby Tomlinson would probably be groomed as a 4th outfielder. And then when Pagan goes down in May we would be scrambling as usual.

But the Span signing means that’s not going to happen.

One thing I would like to see happen: stop tip toeing around Angel Pagan. It seems like the Giants are afraid of this guy or something. Sit his ass down and tell him he’s no longer playing CF. He can split time in LF with Blanco. Sharing the job would be best for both of them.

Now Specs can focus on his utility role in the infield and Parker and Williamson can jostle around for the 5th OF spot.

I almost don’t know what to do with all these extra players, lol!

Hall of Lame

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 7, 2016

If you change your HOF vote, doesn’t that make you kinda vindictive? Or uninformed? Or worse, a pussy?

I really don’t care, I stopped worrying about who was/wasn’t getting into the HOF a long time ago. Plus, I’ve never been there so it’s an *out of sight/out of mind” thing.

If you have a vote and you do the research then you should either know or not know on a guy the first time you vote/don’t vote for him. There is no new information coming out. They haven’t put up a stat in AT LEAST 5 years.

And now I’m reading about some softening from the voters regarding the steroid guys. Although, I’m not so sure about that since their % only seems to have gone up because of the sweep the BBWAA did to get rid of the guys who haven’t been voting.

Still, there are writers saying they’ve changed their minds. And while changing your mind is a right and as human as it gets, I don’t see what’s changed other than the calendar.

 

Alex Gordon, Don’t Come on Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 6, 2016

Royals got Gordon back for 4 years/72 million— seems about right. I actually would have been fine giving him the same deal. Now that he’s fallen the rest should start to go. What are the chances we get one of the following?

Big Cespy

Fowler

Parra

J-Upton

Denard Span

Marlon Byrd

I think we are probably more in a “Will Venable” state of mind but who knows, maybe management surprises me……

Dexter Fowler?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 5, 2016

Anyone want Dexter Fowler? At the right price, I do. He’s a switch hitter who might hit 7 billion triples if allowed to play at AT&T full time. Or at least, 81 games.

He’s long (6’4). I haven’t checked his defensive metrics mostly because I think they’re overrated but he’s gotta be better at D than Pagan. I mean, who isn’t?

He’s 29, I actually see him as a younger Pagan. I’d take him.

Watching Your Team Go Down The Drain (Pipe)

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 4, 2016

I want you to imagine something with me. What if the Giants had a mediocre year and the owner fired the manager. Except he didn’t fire him, he told everyone that “there was a mutual parting of the ways.” Baer replaces Bochy with Darrell Evans. He tells everyone not to worry about Howdy Doody not having managerial experience because Steve Kerr didn’t have any and he won an NBA championship in his first year.

EVERYONE is skeptical of this move—the fans, the media, the internet. EVERYONE. Baer tells us all to R-E-L-A-X because his standard is World Series or bust and that the history of the Giants franchise says to trust in the process.

The following year, the team is awful. Close to the worst team in the league. An hour after the final game of the season, because he’s too much of a pussy to *be accountable* in person, the owner sends out a press release saying that Howdy Doody has been fired. Neither Jed nor Baalke were at the game yesterday, by the way……

Bochy, watching all of this from an ivory tower somewhere, sends out this cryptic tweet:

Do not be deceived. You will reap what you sow.”
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Could you even dream of something this bizarre happening to a rock solid stable organization like the Giants?
Like everyone else, I’ve been trying to crack the code on weirdo Harbaugh’s text. He is a maniacal bastard, isn’t he? Part of me really misses the dude, he kept things interesting at the very least.
At first, I thought this was a shot at Tomsula who absolutely worked in the weeds to position himself for this job. But then I decided this is directed to Jed. And if I were Jed, I would fear Harbaugh’s wrath.
Remember where they found Muammar Gadaffi? Hiding in a pipe hole. Like a damn rat.
That pipe hole is comin’ for ya, Jed….

2016

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 2, 2016

Whenever I go to mlbtraderumors.com and the lead story is either “week in review” or Free Agent A vs Free Agent B Face Off, I know there is nothing going on in baseball. And why would there be? It’s cold. Dark. Haiku.

 

Happy New Year

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 1, 2016

Five decent games today. How about a prediction for each.

Tenn -10 vs N-Western. I’m taking NW and the points here since I watched them beat the Cardinal in the first game of the season and they looked great. That was a long time ago and NW is pretty much one-trickish with their running game, but 10 points is a lot.

Michigan -4 vs Florida. I’m taking Florida. I’ve seen Jim Harbaugh win too many games by a field goal. Gimmie the 4.

ND +6 vs Ohio State. I hate both these teams. I’m predicting that on the kickoff each player crashes into each other like coconuts falling from a tree, everyone is injured and they have to cancel the game. AND both programs are disbanded forever. Hey, I can dream.

Cardinal -6 vs Iowa. I’m taking the Cardinal here and as stupid as it is to lay 6 points with another coach who loves to win by a field goal, I am doing it. Although there is no outcome that would really surprise me. I wanna see Shaw do something dynamic with Love and Rector or even underutilized Barry Sanders and make this game interesting. Please don’t run the ball 500 times in a row….

Mississippi -9.5 vs Oklahoma State. Kelly accounts for 5 td’s and Ole Miss rolls…..