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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 17, 2016

This is the first year in forever that I’m not filling out brackets. DFS is just far more interesting to me than click-clacking away on dozens of Yahoo brackets. Plus, I couldn’t care less about everyone tripping over themselves to show me their brackets. I don’t care about your brackets, lol.

I also don’t care about The Smarge getting blasted yesterday. Spring training means nothing to me. I think he’s going to have a huge year for us.

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  1. gianthead said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I may be backing off with my 110 win prediction for the Giants with ball coming off Cueto’s head and Cain’s arm….but also apologies for not seeing some comments after my anti-tradition creed.

    I think I have San Dog joining me in my 7th inning stretch protest!!!:)

    So thanks for comments I think from Paulie, Chuck, xoot and others. I am stealing this from a comedian, can’t remember who, who joked we should replace the national anthem with Manfred Mann’s version Do Wah Diddy….I think that would be awesome. Imagine starting any major sporting event with everyone dancing around and singing “She looks good…she looks fine….”

    Things I did not know about Manfred Mann until last night:

    1) They were an English Band
    2) Manfred Mann was actually the keyboard player
    3) Manfred Mann was actually from South Africa….

    • gianthead said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Chuck, my Conservatism is more Jeffersonian….let the states deal with nearly everything and leave me the Fuck alone….

    • xoot said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Conservatives dominate the field I’m in, especially lawyers from outside Calif. I was in a small SF firm for a while that did local counsel work for DC’s WR&F. Those east coast guys were way to the right. I got pretty good at dodging heated debates about Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi. More important, I suppose: some of the smartest and most ethical people I know are in the conservative camp.

      • Carstie Clausen said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

        Presumably those smart and ethical individuals happen to be paleoconservatives rather than those neocons who seem to have usurped the mantle of Barry Goldwater and Russell Kirk.

      • gianthead said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm

        Xoot…hilarious…that is my old firm. But I am not a lawyer but was in house lobbyist…

      • gianthead said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:53 pm

        Xoot…that is hilarious…that is my old firm, but I was not an attorney but in-house lobbyist…

      • xoot said, on March 17, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        Wow. Well, I’m sure you knew Jim W, whose patent infringement cases for SSLoral brought him to the Northern District of Calif. quite often.

      • gianthead said, on March 18, 2016 at 5:48 am

        Xoot, I got a small little piece of the BlackBerry settlement thanks to Jim…he was a very cranky man. I never heard how much he made on that settlement but had to be at least $10 mill….

  2. willedav said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Gotta feel for Rambis, local kid who went to HS in Cupertino when it was sleepy McWasp suburb small town with orchards still around in 70s. Stayed in the hood in college at upper crust Santa Clara and wound up in middle of party central glitz of Showtime Magic Kareem Worthy and relentless Riley battling Bird McHale.

    Now he’s stuck running the messed up Knicks and Jackson’s triangle in b-ball cauldron of the Big Apple. When your starting backcourt is Jose Calderon and Sasha Vujacic vs. Curry and Thompson and they are throwing in circus shots while your team isn’t communicating or rotating or getting back on D and your budding superstar has a nightmare game, you have no chance.

    Saw that story about Bonds winning HR contest with Stanton. Sure looks odd signing stuff for kids in Marlin uni, but not near as odd as Mattingly does.

    Just hope 7 Pac 12 teams do not embarrass themselves too badly and Utah takes out Fresno St.

  3. xoot said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Tyrone Wallace re-injured his non-shooting hand in practice yesterday. probably a fracture, though. Damm it.

    • snarkk said, on March 17, 2016 at 8:12 am

      That is not good at all. BTW, Obama picked Hawaii to beat Cal. With all this stuff going on and Wallace hurt, he may not be far off…

      • xoot said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

        I always go with my favorite teams in my bracket at work. Lotta fun when they win. I’m also used to going down in flames when they lose. This year’s looking pretty fiery. Cal’s going to be playing uphill without Wallace.

  4. willedav said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Speaking of embarrassing, that sexual harassment firing of Cal assistant 2 days ago is an ugly story. Reported at length in Chron on front page of main news yesterday and on sfgate.com and in comments is link to mercurynews.com story where guy admits he tried to trick a gal reporter into a 3 way with his buddy and then cut her off from access to team when she refused his advances.

    She documents what she had sent to Coach Martin about this guy’s repeated harassment over a period of time going back to last summer; Martin said he “addressed it.” So what did he do/know and when, including notifying proper authorities, is big ?.

    • snarkk said, on March 17, 2016 at 8:09 am

      I just heard this morning that Martin doesn’t even have a contract. He’s got a “term sheet”, and not signed for next season. I have no idea whether this harassment thing will impact the team; though they apparently were well aware of the situation with the assistant. Suffice to say, the Cal administration waited until right now to fire the guy? So instead of a good story of making the NCAA being the focus, the stories are about this. Does not bode well for next season…

      • chipower9 said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:05 am

        That hurts (pun intended), but I still think Cal takes down the Rainbow Warriors.

  5. Irish Kevin said, on March 17, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Just reading an article on Shake Shack burgers, opening in LA and challenging In and Out,, what caught my eye was that Americans order 9 BILLION burgers in 2014, up 3% from 2013!! Now that is a lot of burgers!

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:31 am

      The Amerikkkan diet focusses on waaaaaay too much meat. Bad balance. Kawaniskwatsi, or something spelled along those lines, is how the Hopi would describe it. We are what we eat, physically and spiritually as well, as the vegans might espouse. Traditional Chinese diet is (was) much in accord with the principles of balance as expressed in the I Ching and in Taoist thought in general.

      Full disclosure: I’m an omnivore and happen to include some meat in my diet most days. But i do feel (intuit) that many of our physical (and perhaps mental) debilitations stem from unbalanced diets compounding a “gotta have it done yesterday” cultural ethos.

      • chipower9 said, on March 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        Agree whole-heartedly, and I too am an omnivore. I try to eat a balanced diet that is “lean and clean.”

  6. chipower9 said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Hey Flav – I emailed you a copy of my bracket, brother. Thought you might want to check it out. πŸ˜‰

    I think Smardj will have a huge year for us, too…hoping it is not huge as in ERA and WHIP.

    Only 21 days until the home opener! I know Sarge is going, and we have swapped contact info.

    Any other Flappers going to opening day?

  7. wilcojoe said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:39 am

    The thing I miss most about living in the Bay Area is Opening Day. I think I made every one from 1987-1997 at the Stick. I even caught a few in Oakland, back when the Coliseum was arguably one of the best stadiums in the country. The A’s always did theirs at Night and usually opened the season at home, while the Giants were on the road.

    I have caught a couple in Houston but last week when tickets went on sale they only had scattered singles at ridiculously high prices, so I passed.

    • chipower9 said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Believe me, prices are outrageous for opening day tix here. I paid over two bills each for my opening day tix (club level).

      • sfsarge said, on March 17, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        I thought about a club seat. But, I’m cheap. Haven’t been to an opening day since 2005, it was a lot cheaper back then. My buddy bought my ticket for me last time as a gift, I was on my two week R and R leave from Iraq. That was pretty bizarre, a week prior to being at opening day I was pulling a bunch of shot up Soldiers off of a Stryker in Mosul. And on my way to Mosul my helicopter took fire. So that was the most enjoyable baseball game I had ever been to.

  8. wilcojoe said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I just don’t follow college hoops close enough to know the players, so for me DFS is out until baseball starts. Of course I only get a month of that, since the ban in Texas goes into effect on 5/1….I did do all of those free Yahoo brackets where you join celebrity pools…. About the only thing I miss about working in an actual office, is the office pools. That always made for a fun few weeks every March.

  9. unca_chuck said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Quinn the Eskimo . . and then 10 years later, 2 Bruce Springsteen songs (Blinded by the light, and Spirits in the night).

    Saw this when it happened . . . yikies

  10. chipower9 said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Hey, how about that old washed-up fuck Crazy Horse yesterday, going 3 for 3…

    I think for as long as he stays healthy, that Pagan is going to have a good year.

    I will throw out the same wager as last year. Loser buys the other Flapper a brew…

    I say Pagan plays in over 100 games this year. Beer on the line. Takers?

    I know that Keven (and probably a few others) owe me a beer from this bet last year. Pay up suckahs…

    • willedav said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

      I was with you last year man but if Pagan plays 100 games this year I hope it’s for someone else.

  11. willedav said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I told a gal over phone today, “I’ve got your brand new (travel) bag.” Which made me think of James Brown and Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.
    Some time in the 80s, didn’t the Giants go all in on the opening riff from “I Feel Good”?

    • unca_chuck said, on March 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Yup. Got the button somewhere. and a bumper sticker.

  12. zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Willie wrote, regarding the Knicks: “while your team isn’t communicating or rotating”

    I saw something in the game last night that I can’t remember seeing in years. Maybe the last time was watching a high school game. The Knicks brought the ball down the court, ran their offense, made a bunch of passes, and then the shot clock buzzed. Nobody on the team realized the shot clock was running out. The director of the broadcast immediately cut to a shot of Rambis to get his reaction, and Rambis had kind of a 1,000 yard stare going, probably wondering how his life had brought him to this moment.

    • willedav said, on March 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      There was a lob play for Bogut from on top, where Vujacic’s man screened Lopez. V just stood there with his arms out like he was directing traffic, bogut rolled to the hoop unimpeded and dunked the lob in as no one rotated over while ball was in the air.
      Even Warriors tv guy noted Lopez giving V the death stare. And yeah that play goes back to when I was in HS.
      No help no talking no body on a cutter, slam dunk.

  13. alleykat69 said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Happy ST Patrick’s Day Flap Knuckleheads!!πŸ€πŸ»πŸ€πŸ»β˜˜πŸΊβ˜˜πŸŽ©πŸ»
    May your beer be forever green just today!
    March Madness/St Parrick day just doesn’t get much better..

  14. zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Regarding the Giants starting pitchers, I’m in the “mildly concerned” category, with potential to move into the “concerned” category. None of the starters has had a clean outing yet, which might not be a big deal, or maybe could be. The two clean outings have been by Heston and Stafford.
    And the ace of the staff has a small callous-type growth inside his foot that is causing him discomfort. I think he’s going to be taking shots all season for that (I’m guessing.) And possibly have surgery in the next off-season (I’m guessing.) If he opted for surgery now, I don’t know how long that would put him out, but I doubt they’ll go the “early surgery” route. I think he’ll just have that thing “shot up” all season.

  15. unca_chuck said, on March 17, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    At some point cortisone stops working. The problem with that is if other things come up in the same area, you are simply doing more damage as you mask the pain.

  16. zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    The Giants game is on the MLB Network tonight at 7:00 Pacific Time. I don’t know if that’s for the whole nation or not, though.

  17. Bozo said, on March 17, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    A brisket, no bracket, Flav says The Shark don’t lack it.

    No matter the day, Jameson is always a fine way to start it. Cheers all.

    • xoot said, on March 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.
      An over-eager fan approached Dublin-born James Joyce and asked: “May I please kiss the hand that wrote Ulysses?” “Well,” said Joyce, “It’s done a lot of other things, too.”
      26 + 6 = 1

  18. Flavor said, on March 17, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I had Hawaiian short ribs tonight from some shitty fast food joint and they were outstanding

  19. Flavor said, on March 17, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Sitting in my car, waiting for my kid’s VB practice to end. Gonna catch the beginning of the game on the radio, see if Peavy can get anyone out. We keep saying it’s ST and nothing matters but our SP is in disarray right now.

  20. Flavor said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Krukow just declared Bum past his foot and rib cage problem, in fact he’s giving every single infirmed player a green light bill of health. Krukow is hilarious.

  21. Flavor said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I wonder if Kruk just shuts the entire operation down when he goes home and turns into a grouchy negative fuck. Possible?

    • snarkk said, on March 17, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      I heard from someone in the know once that Kruk ripped a payroll person in front of people for some minor screw up on his check some years ago. He’ probably not all peaches and yuks all the time; but I’m not either…

      • xoot said, on March 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm

        My son heard from someone in the know that Krukow throws temper tantrums when Kuiper won’t answer his cell phone. Sounds like a joke, I know, but true story.

  22. Bozo said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Parker says, I got your cabbage right here.

    • zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      A line shot. Cool HR.

  23. Bozo said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    So, if Rosenthal is correct, the Indians signed Byrd to a minor league contract. Whats up with that?

  24. zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Enberg is an alright baseball broadcaster.

    • Bozo said, on March 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Agreed, 81 and still going strong.

  25. xoot said, on March 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Belt’s bunt against the shift was sort of strange. What’s the plan? Spook teams into re-thinking the shift against him in the regular season?

    • xoot said, on March 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Vale la PeΓ±a!

  26. Macdog said, on March 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Killer loss for USC, had so many chances to put this away but couldn’t make a free throw, and Providence finally made ’em pay with 1.5 left.

  27. Paul Sorensen said, on March 17, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Speaking of Enberg, I remember seeing him in a hotel bar once and also Brent “Please Retire Already” Mussberger at an airport. Didn’t care to talk to them, but what I noticed were the obviously extremely cheap suits and shoes they were wearing. I mean, polyester crap off the rack at Marshall’s, and cheap black slip-ons all scuffed up. Struck me as odd, making the kind of money they must’ve been making. Then again, of course these *celebrities* are just human beings same as everyone else…

    • zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Yeah, it’s an odd thing when rich people are penny-pinchers. Maybe a deep rooted fear they’re going to lose all their money some day.

  28. Macdog said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Hey, Noonan’s on the Pads!

    • zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      And Schierholz is trying to make the Tigers squad.
      And I saw Mr. Magneto, Hector Sanchez, is trying to make somebody’s squad.

  29. xoot said, on March 17, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Brown. Is he the fastest baserunning catcher you’ve ever seen?

    NCAA Tournament: Cal fan friend of mine thinks they’re better off with Singer at point guard. Well,we’ll see.

  30. zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Fun fact: David Ortiz is the last of the members of the ’04 curse-ending Red Sox championship team still on the team.

  31. zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Off the top of my head, the Giants have 7 members of the ’10 team left on their team.

    • zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Oops, make that 6.

      • zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:22 pm

        I was wrongly counting Blanco.

      • zumiee said, on March 17, 2016 at 11:25 pm

        Here’s hoping Cain, 1 of the 6, has a promising outing tomorrow night.


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