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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 19, 2016

Warriors in deep tonight without 3 of their best defenders (Bogut, Iggy and Festivus). Bogut is really the only surprise. Still, after getting run ragged last night, now on no rest and without their best interior defender (and passer) I am worried about this game. The good news is that I don’t think the Spurs match up very well with Golden State. So there’s that……

Several amazing college basketball games on the slate today.

I’d love to know what LaRoche told his kid about all of this.


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  1. zumiee said, on March 19, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Giants game is on Comcast today, 1:00 PM Pacific Time.
    The Dodger game is on the MLB Network in some parts of the country, 1:00 PM also.
    The Warriors/Spurs will be a lot of fun. The Warriors will go real small, and the Spurs will be chasing them all over the court.

  2. zumiee said, on March 19, 2016 at 10:32 am

    The LaRoche thing has gone to the ridiculous. Sale thinks he’s a civil rights leader now. He’s mad as heck and he’s not going to take it anymore. Oh the outrage.

    • snarkk said, on March 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      My mind still boggles that this dude gave away a guaranteed $13 million for this. GAVE IT AWAY. That would have added another few generations to the generational wealth thing. Supposedly he’s earned around $58 million in his career. Yeah, that’s a lot of coin for a guy with a lifetime .260. Anyway, still $13 million is a big chunk to piss away because your kid can’t come to your work for 6 months, regardless of whether the team promised him something along those lines. Maybe the guy is otherwise a good dude, I don’t know, but this whole deal sounds selfish to me if his teammates complained, and not indicative of a team guy. So, for this alone he’s a jackass…

  3. snarkk said, on March 19, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Cal’s result not surprising given two starters could not play. If two o those kids go pro, I just think that what is the point of it? Go pro out of high school. Otherwise there should be a two year min rule if you go to college to play ball. Quid pro quo is that if your coach bolts somewhere for more money, you can bolt, too, for a new school or pros immediately. The sit for a year rule after transfer is bogus…

  4. Bozo said, on March 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I wonder what LaRoche told his wife? How ironic would it be if she filed for divorce and sole custody of the kid?
    Sales will become a huge distraction to that team, they should trade him…to the Giants.

  5. snarkk said, on March 19, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve heard various radio shows where different baseball analysts agree that there is no way the WSox GM would have told LaRoche that his kid was no longer welcome, without multiple players coming to the manager and/or GM and complaining on the QT. So, now a bunch of them are publicly backing their former teammate against the GM, and mouthing off, and the hypocrites that complained privately are keeping their mouths shut. This is a reflection of the insularity some of these pro players have these days, resulting from the crazy money they make. IMO because their asses are kissed so much and often, often what ordinary people consider stupid or vapid behavior is, in their minds, an act of honor and principle. This piece of modern baseball is something I wish weren’t a part of it. Fortunately, the beauty of the game keeps me interested, and overwhelms the jackassery of some of these players. It would be awesome if the WSox go down in flames this season…

  6. snarkk said, on March 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Cain’s outing: 2 2/3, 7 hits, 3 walks, a dinger to Kemp, and 3 earned runs. 52 pitches. Giants brain trust was really happy with that, per media accounts. Whatever. I know it’s his first real outing, but I’m not particularly jazzed by that, other than he actually threw pitches off a mound to live hitters, without coming up with an arm issue afterwards — knock on wood. I continue to think the Giants are going to dip into the minors for rotation guys this season, and I’d be up for that. If healthy, this lineup looks like it’s going to score some runs…

  7. zumiee said, on March 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Bum got roughed up today. The Giants starting pitchers are saving their good starts for the games that count.

    • zumiee said, on March 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm


    • snarkk said, on March 19, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      The A’s seem to pretty much beat the Giants like a drum in Spring Training…

  8. snarkk said, on March 19, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Giants starters are looking like Timmy might be an improvement…

  9. zumiee said, on March 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Adam Eaton said the kid was a team leader.
    I can’t imagine why the White Sox finished in last place.

  10. willedav said, on March 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Well, Sonny gray gave up 6 runs today in A’s ss game.

    I heard Krueger of KNBR go off twice this week on this tangent:

    IF, either Mac or Parker continue to rake, then they MUST start in LF over Pagan. He argues Giants do not have a month of suckitude to waste; WC last year took 90+ Ws. pagan money is already spent and they have to go with the best player. In his nsho, they both possess more power and are better OFs/more likely to stay healthy.

    • Flavor said, on March 19, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      so would Mac/Parker get the same rope on a month of suckitude? Or do they only play if they’re raking in games that count? Cause that would be a ton of pressure to put on a kid who has nearly no experience at the mlb level with Angel Pagan breathing fire on the bench the whole time

  11. sandog said, on March 19, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I think on the LaRoche deal, players have to act like they have his back and make supportive statements. Privately, I would guess most are glad Kenny stepped in and drew a line. Williams just needs to lay low for a few days and not say anything inflammatory until the next story on the conveyor belt comes along. Then it will all be forgotten.
    On second thought…….maybe if Kenny would have nurtured HIS son a bit more, he wouldn’t have fumbled that damn kickoff! Or was it a punt???

    Willie/Sarge–I put something out there for both of you guys at the end of the last thread. Go back and check it out –lest your life be incomplete.

    I like Chris Webber as an analyst. Today he said he laughs whenever people claim dunks are no big deal and are only worth 2 points like any other lay-up. He said a dunk fires up the whole team and makes everyone feel like they just made a shot and got a surge of confidence. I totally agree.
    I also think Steve Lappas does a hell of job doing color. I like Spanarkel too and remembering idolizing him when he starred in the tourney when I was in 7th grade.

  12. sandog said, on March 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I’m not a big fan of Charles Barkley or Spike Lee, but I am amused by the commercial of them singing “The Pina Colada Sonng.”
    One summer in college I worked on a farm out in the Robbins area of northern cal. (If anyone on here has heard of Robbins—you get a gold star for the day) We spent 9 hours in a warehouse every day and the guy in charge played the same pop radio station all day long. We would beg him to play different stations on different days or change it on commercials. He wouldn’t budge. The one exception he made to ever changing the station was that he WOULD change the station if The Pina Colada Song ever came on. He was a bit of tool, but we all got a kick out of that policy of his.
    The commercial where the husband and wife both try to stay busy so they don’t have to be the one to call the insurance company cracks me up a bit too. “These leaves aren’t gonna rake themselves!”

    • xoot said, on March 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Late 70s I worked construction during the day, helping to build a big house in Aptos, and at a small market/liquor store in Capitola at night. saving money for travel, etc. At the market we argued constantly over the radio stations to listen to. I always wanted KFAT out of Gilroy. One of the great radio stations of all time. Some of the others wanted pop or ms rock. One commercially quiet night, while we were arguing over the music, I felt inspired. Let’s allow the next customer who walks through the door decide for us. The other guys acquiesced. They figured demographics favored them. Then in walked a tall long-haired guy in cowboy boots and a battered cowboy hat, bearing a huge beer belly before him. He looked exactly like the official logo of KFAT. I turned to the radio, to adjust the dial.

  13. sandog said, on March 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I don’t love all of “The Settlers” commercials for Direct TV, but I think most of them are pretty good. “How about 15 satisfying years with that woman over there?”
    I think I would have liked being an ad guy…. kind of like the guys on 30 Something. Shooting nerf hoops and trying to come up with catchy ideas. I think it would be funny if they did a Settlers bit where the neighborhood guys are doing a fantasy football draft. Everyone would have iphones and ipads and Jebediah would have a newspaper or an old copy of The Sporting News. One guy would turn to Jebediah and tell him its his turn and that he has two picks. Jebediah would then announce he is drafting YA Tilttle and Steve Van Buren!
    Is it just me, or would that be a scream? I think I missed my calling.

    Loo–are you out there? Topps is selling a “Heritage” series of cards for 2016. Current players using the 1967 card model. I bought a double pack today—-20 cards for $5—which obviously is ridiculous. We’re road tripping to the bay area tomorrow and I’ll have my son open them on the road. It hasn’t been easy for me not tear into those suckers myself.

  14. zumiee said, on March 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    “maybe if Kenny would have nurtured HIS son a bit more, he wouldn’t have fumbled that damn kickoff! Or was it a punt???”

    It was BOTH, unbelievably. He turned a 10 point lead into a loss pretty quickly.

  15. zumiee said, on March 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I like the settlers commercials. The commercials are a little rough on pioneers, but what the heck. 🙂

  16. zumiee said, on March 19, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    The Pina Colada song is hideous. One of the great pop music atrocities of all time. It belongs on the list with “You’re Having My Baby” and “Ebony and Ivory.”

    • Macdog said, on March 19, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      The song really needs to be updated for 2016:

      So while she lay there sleeping, I checked my iphone in bed
      And on a web site for singles, there was this post that I read.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 19, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Your post is blasphemy as far as I’m concerned. The song is Escape. Get it right!

  17. zumiee said, on March 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    The Warriors were missing players tonight, of course; but having said that, the Spurs did show what a team would have to do to beat the Warriors. Slow the game down, and try to turn it into a low-scoring, ugly game. All of those idiot teams that try to run with the Warriors just don’t get it.

  18. Paul Sorensen said, on March 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Zum, agree about Ebony and Ivory. And unfortunately, it has popped into my head recently. I am advising some nearly graduating students on their final dissertations, and the first 2 of my students that asked me to advise them were (English nicknames) Emily and Ivy. Damn if every time I think of Emily and Ivy I think of that f-ing song….. 🙂

  19. unca_chuck said, on March 19, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Cat’s in the Cradle is the bane of my existence.

    I actually think the Dubs did well for themselves tonight. The Spurs are tough defensively but what killed the Warriors were the 2nd chance points SA got. Bogut was missed badly. He’s got to be healthy for the playoffs.

  20. willedav said, on March 20, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Chuck is right imo, and I think Van gundy said same thing–on a night when Curry was flat awful shooting they were in it to the end. And yes 14 O boards killed them.
    Bogut handles Diaw, no problem–he doesn’t get 14 and 8 rebounds. Parker had 2 hoops all night and couldn’t defend Thompson, who also missed easy ones on mid range 7-20 shooting. With Ig they can hold down inside play better, and their Gs didn’t do much.
    Warriors didn’t get much scoring from Speights and Livingston either, which would have helped.

    SD I was impressed with you getting practice vids from Larranaga, bet those are great. Watching HS games I often wonder what coaches are doing to prepare, and how they teach kids the games. Breaking pressure seems to be a big issue, esp vs. full court man or half court traps. Scheme it right and score you’d discourage opponents from staying in it; over dribbling poor spacing sloppy passes, you’re screwed.

  21. willedav said, on March 20, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Flav, Krueger argued even if the kids don’t hit for high average as pagan might (say .270s)they have more power and will play the OF better and last longer. I’d mostly agree with that tho I’m resigned to Pagan getting majority of starts for a month or so, um similar to what happened at 3b last year and 2b year before.
    These 2 aren’t 20 yrs old like Arroyo either; I wouldn’t be averse to throwing them in there and using Blanco strictly as back up in CF. I ? what they have to prove in AAA.

    Kinda funny Bochy mentioned possibility of batting Pagan 9th behind Bum/ahead of Span like he did the other night vs. Pads with Cain hitting 8th. Apparently he likes that combo but with Panik duffy etc. at the top there isn’t room for Pagan to hit there. Wonder how a steady diet of that would go over.

  22. unca_chuck said, on March 20, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Adam Eaton went so far as to tell WSCR-670 in Chicago that the White Sox “lost a leader in Drake.” I’m new to this LaRoche deal, but really?

    LaRoche is a moron. His teammates are idiots. They complain behind his back and vociferously support him? KW is looking like the the bad guy but doesn’t Drake have to go to school?

    • zumiee said, on March 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

      No. The rules are different for millionaires’ kids apparently.

  23. willedav said, on March 20, 2016 at 8:45 am

    One more Warriors comment and then I’ll go watch college ball all day. St. Mary’s is on and in other NIT game Fla vs. Ohio St, and winner of that game would play Monmouth should the Hawks beat G-W tomorrow.
    Plenty of interesting match ups and fun teams to watch, starting soon.

    Draymond Green bugs me, often, with his shot selection and time he spends on perimeter. Losing ball off the dribble at end of 3rd Q was just a dumb play and I didn’t like his last 3 attempt. Warriors have better ball handlers and shooters from outside already. Pass the ball and cut to the hoop or drive it to the rim, and let someone else play point G. Aldridge often got better of him last night.
    I’d like to see him drive in and finish/draw fouls, instead of trying to slam dunk from 10 ft takeoff or make a wild pass out while in the air. Also develop more of low post game so Warriors could go there when Js aren’t falling. I like Ezeli but he is still in project mode and unlikely to help much at all this season.

    • Flavor said, on March 20, 2016 at 8:52 am

      I agree about Draymond but last night I think he was taking those shots because it was clear Steph wasn’t going to get any off without being under major duress. But he takes too many 3’s for a guy who isn’t very good at making 3’s.

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