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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 16, 2017

Instead of worry about how badly the Giants will get shut down today by a pitcher I’ve never heard of I am going to focus on a truly great collection of NBA basketball games. John Wall is one of my favorite players in the game and the Wizards kick off the day against The ATL. One of my other favorite players is whoever gets to shut down Dwight Howard in a meaningful game. So this one is definitely getting watched.

After that we have The Warriors, no explanation needed there.

Game 3 is in Boston and that should be an auto-watch anyway but the return of Rondo (who has actually played decent since he came back from his lengthy benching) and the sudden death of IT’s sister (gofundme check: no gofundme page for her yet) makes this game a must-watch too.

Game 4 is two ball hogs facing off and while I don’t like that brand of ball it will be infinitely more watchable than the Grizzly game from yesterday where, before they pulled all their starters down 30, they had scored a grand total of 21 points in the entire second half…..

Again, if you want to donate to Brandon Crawford’s SIL’s gofundme page, here is the link:


It kinda feels like it’s stalling out around 25K so if they are going to get to the lofty 100K goal, someone is probably gonna need to swoop in and top that bad boy off. But who?



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  1. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I’m just not into basketball. I’ll tune in when our beloved dubs are in the finals. The gofundme page for potato salad was pretty good. That dude raised something like $60K. The effort to get Matt Damon home from Mars was another good one. What’s the consensus on Parker? I never like to see a guy get injured but replacing no production shouldn’t be too hard. Arroyo is hitting close to .500 in Sac. Playing LF isn’t one of the great mysteries of the universe. If Albert Pujols can be break into the show in a utility role them I think arroyo can handle it. Either that or Donger Time!

    • Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:17 am

      “Donger Time”. I might have to buy some extra saran wrap for the furniture just in case…..

    • chipower9 said, on April 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

      No Way Arroyo gets the call, esp. to play OF.

  2. willedav said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

    KInda odd what happens to giants LFs. 2014 ended with Ishi and Perez. 2015 started with Aoki who had concussion. 2016 Mac screwed up his shoulder on diving grab, Pagan missed a month early with leg issues.

    Mac is still on the DL? He was out before ST ended, 3 weeks ago.
    thanks to Loo for the MLBTR report; funny comment on Nunez in OF.
    Just say no to Pagan! Rather see Slater kid get a look than him.
    giants need to make a decision anyway on Hwang who I imagine could do a lot more with reg ABs than usual suspects like Hernandez Marrero Hill at least

    • Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Mac’s quad is one of the great mysteries of this season. Not only is it weird that he continues to be felled by it but I haven’t been able to find a single update on him. Marty Lurie (KNBR yesterday) was wondering the same thing: where are the updates on Mac?

  3. willedav said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Fortunately enough, I’m gonna go watch some b-ball this morning. One of the big Asian club orgs of south bay hosts a tournament every year on Easter weekend, lot of good LA teams come up for it. Bunch of kids I know from earlier years are playing at each age level, quality pretty high for HS age teams as most kids are standouts for their school, even for private schools.

    Portland is fun to watch they come right at you with fast pace. Other games, no interest. Playoff hockey might be more interesting.

  4. gianthead said, on April 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

    And don’t forget ending the night with the Sharks:))))

  5. djloo27 said, on April 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I need this Crawford thing explained to me at some point. You’re all smart guys here.
    What the fuck is going on?

    • zumiee said, on April 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

      We could just give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he wrote a check and paid off the rest of that family’s house payments. We don’t know.

  6. xoot said, on April 16, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Okert called up

  7. snarkk said, on April 16, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I’ve been out of pocket this weekend other than just to see giants scores and read about struggles in 2 o 3 so far. This Crawford thing — I’m kinda with Loo. Craw has a 75 million dollar deal. He could pull $100k or more out of petty cash to help relatives. I don’t know about family dynamics, but seems weird to me. Pence’s Frau gave $500? And he’s making $90 million. Fans that support theses guys salaries are also supposed to pony up due to the connection with Craw? Just weird IMO. Give to a charity where women and kids in need have no millionaire relatives…

    • djloo27 said, on April 16, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      I like when Snarkk backs me up. He is a very intelligent man either way…

  8. snarkk said, on April 16, 2017 at 10:28 am


  9. Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

    we give Craw the benefit of the doubt because we are Giants fans. But looking at it without emotional connection to the team and the whole thing looks weird. But, we don’t know the whole story.

    • chipower9 said, on April 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      That is the key. We do not know the entire story, and until I do know the entire story, I will not pass judgement on anyone.

  10. unca_chuck said, on April 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I mean yeah I’m sure the sisters are close and all but the fact Crawford is in the pics makes it evens little more odd. Like Isaiah Thomas’ sister driving a 98 Corolla. Really? You are making zillions and aren’t doing things for family?

    Maybe it’s all out of my pay grade how theee rich folks deal with what I’m sure is a lot of jealousy and pleadings for money but things like this seem odd.

  11. chipower9 said, on April 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    So the Okert move took Parker’s spot? They are not bringing up another OFer?

  12. xoot said, on April 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm


    • xoot said, on April 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm


  13. Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Smarge sucking…..prolly gonna just keep the tv on the Dubs today.

  14. alleykat69 said, on April 16, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Do we have to setup a “Flap go fund me”to pickup a good left fielder?

  15. Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    no donations for the last 11 hours….

  16. zumiee said, on April 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    The Rockies’ LOOGY wiped out Span and Belt.

  17. Lurker John said, on April 16, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    This looks like a very mediocre baseball team.

    • zumiee said, on April 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      And a relatively old team, and tired-looking already, in April.

      • zumiee said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

        Tomlinson should be up here. He could help.

  18. snarkk said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    It’s hard not to be mediocre when your LF position is hitting about .145 and slugging below .300 at nearly 1/10 of the season gone. That position is a disaster area, and that was before Parker got hurt. Somebody made a good point earlier — where’s Williamson– the invisible man? Bring friggin Arroyo up for third, and put Nunie in LF. Nunie is an athlete. LF isn’t that tough a position for a guy who can play SS. Or put him out there and Gillaspie at 3rd to shore up offense. Not that Gillespie will hit .300, but come on. With LF in the toidy, they bring up another pitcher? Giants need to shake this crap up before 4 games out turns into 8…

    • zumiee said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Arroyo could be a burst of energy for this team. There’s no point in him hitting .400 in AAA.

  19. Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Agree with everything you guys said this afternoon. This team has a very slow, *waiting-around* feel to it. I guess Buster being gone has something to do with that but Marrero in LF is not going to cut it. And Span simply can’t be a leadoff hitter with his underwhelming numbers. I get accused of being a Span-basher but him doing next to nothing at the top of the LU might be having a seeping, draining affect on the rest of the team.

  20. Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    gofundme stalled out at 25K. What’s next?

  21. blade3colorado said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    My take . . . Moron ownership should have added Greg Holland. Left field is an abyss as I thought (and all of you thought).

    But hey, the Giants are valued at $2.65 billion, just a Matt Cain contract behind the Dodgers. That and a cup of coffee gets you last place in the West.

    • zumiee said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      The Rockies and D-Backs seem the most legit they’ve been in quite a while. This division is going to be a big challenge.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm

        Yep. I’ve been saying that about the Rockies since last year. So many young studs (both position and pitching staff). Worse, they have stud reinforcements STILL in their minor league system they can call up.

    • snarkk said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Nice comparison, blade. There is no reason a team making money hand over fist has virtually nothing worth a darn for a LFer. It’s frustrating. Bring Arroyo up and get a shot in the arm…

  22. Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Blade, when is your daughter due?

  23. snarkk said, on April 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    From CSNBayArea:

    “The San Francisco Giants have traded minor league right-handed pitcher Clayton Blackburn to the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league infielder Frandy De La Rosa and cash considerations club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced Sunday.”

    So much for one supposed starting prospect; DFA’d earlier — then traded for what appears to be a bunch of nothin’…

  24. Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    one thing I like about Harden and Westbrook—they aren’t all tatted up.

  25. unca_chuck said, on April 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Well Harden’s face looks like a hairy bush with teeth, but whatever.

    We don’t even trade for a mediocre OFer? These guys are as baffling as fuck.

  26. unca_chuck said, on April 16, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    If they don;t get Mererror out toot sweet we’l flounder along going 1-3 every frickiing series.

  27. unca_chuck said, on April 16, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Westbrook? Fuck him. Good guy on a shitty team. Averaging a triple double is something but he took like 400 shots more than any other guy.

  28. zumiee said, on April 16, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Fun fact: the Giants owe Smardj $20 million a season for the next 4 years.

    • Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      He and Cueto became necessary signings when it became clear (at the time) that the minor league pipe line was dry. Blackburn, Crick, Stratton……none of them panned out. Just like with the Cain signing, they had to pick someone (him or Timmy). You can’t say the cornerstone of your team is pitching and then not have stud pitching……
      I didn’t see the game today but Smarge’s line looks good.

  29. Macdog said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Cheering up watching the Cards, who appear to be even worse than the Giants.

    • Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Cards fans on twitter are on the ledge, man.

  30. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I don’t think there are really any doomers here much anymore, not like sometimes in the past with Del Mar Dennis, and Old Seal Fan, etc. But there definitely are some of us that look at the product on the field starting this season and see an old, kind of boring form of mediocrity. Nothing could possibly compare to the shot in the arm the team got early in 2010 when the youngsters Bumgarner and Posey came up (on top of Pablo arriving the year before), but it seems this team could use some injection of spark and youth. Maybe the FO thought Parker, Mac, et al would do that, but that doesn’t seem likely. The infield is still fairly young with Belt, Panic, and Craw (and whichever youngster grabs 3B for keeps), but the team still just looks kind of dead-ass. Someone like Arroyo maybe. Also makes me wonder how a younger manager would fare at the helm starting next year (yeah, I know, I think Boch still has another year after that?). And then there’s the incontrovertible fact that winning picks up the spirits. So, maybe they should just start with that.

    • Flavor said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      lots of good stuff here. I always wonder what Bochy’s deal is with young players vs his grizzled vets. Does he really not like the kids? As you just indicated, there was a time when the young guys got called up AND used. But that was nearly a decade ago. Maybe Bochy is getting too old or too comfortable in his ways to go back to playing the kids. Just a thought.

      • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 16, 2017 at 8:59 pm

        Yes, I’ve had the same thought. Bruce is a fucking saint in SF, the Yoda-like run he’s had the past 8 years is amazing. But he certainly looked and managed *old* last half of last year; too early to tell this year. “Comfortable” is a good way of looking at it; we all want things to be more comfortable in our later years. But sometimes a team needs for the manager to do something uncomfortable. I don’t think Bochy is that guy anymore.

  31. willedav said, on April 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Decade ago??? Panik took over 2012 mid season. Duffy got moved in right away 2015 as MacG cratered. Took Craw a while to establish himself, but that was after Font Tejada yada yada. Belt took over 1b by end of 2013 and then had concussion issues. He wound up in LF couple times too.
    Parker is a kid in terms of ml years…he was hitting .143 mostly vs. RHP.
    Mac got hurt last year and now he’s hurt again.
    I think Bochy gets a bad rap for this—point being if he had better young players and they did more with the bat they would stick around longer.
    How much Kieschnick did you want to see? Lollis? Brown? Nate the so less than great? They were young and sucked like the Bowker gang.

    What does he have now at AAA? Arroyo is an IF, so is Specs. Respectively they played SS and 2b today. Hwang played 3b went 1-6 with 4 Ks and is hitting .258. Slater homered for Sac in Salt Lake and they won.
    Unless they want to stick Hwang in LF, idk what they are going to do with all these guys off to good starts.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 16, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Panik was 2014 and an afterthought after Brandon Hicks, Joaquin Arias, and finally Fuggla all crashed and burned.

      • Flavor said, on April 17, 2017 at 5:37 am

        thanks, I didn’t see your post before i posted mine

    • Flavor said, on April 17, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Panik took over AFTER they went down the Uggla well and found it to be dry as a bone. Panik was a lucky hit AFTER they failed with the vet signing. Same thing with Duffy. It happened AFTER the vet pick up floundered. That was point last night.

  32. James said, on April 16, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    “You can’t say the cornerstone of your team is pitching and then not have stud pitching……” The team was 9th in ERA coming into today’s game, with the starters doing more damage than the bullpen. Smarge’s line was ok after a shitty beginning, but if over the season he gives up 4 earned runs for every 7 innings he pitches, he’s basically had a terrible year. Moore right now looks closer to fitting in with the Falcone/Hammaker/Sanchez tradition, rather than falling on the MadBum side of the scale. If Moore and Smarge have ERAs above 4, this is going to be a long season.

    • Flavor said, on April 17, 2017 at 5:40 am

      and imagine how bad they would be if they hadn’t signed Smarge and trotted out Blackburn or some shit? My point was that Cueto and Smarge were signed because there was nothing in the minor leagues worth shit.

  33. James said, on April 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    And if Bum and Cueto pitch at the level expected of Moore and Smarge — which is what they are doing so far — it’ll be 76 wins instead of 86.

  34. willedav said, on April 16, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I just don’t know where any young guys would fit in on current version of SF Giants unless you dump a couple vets off in a trade. The LU is pretty much set and I think most mgrs. would be pretty happy with it esp with Posey at C.

  35. zumiee said, on April 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Sandoval hit another HR today. He might have a Rob Deer-like season. Struggle to hit .200, but hit 30 HRs.

  36. zumiee said, on April 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    A Giants fan at today’s game:

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