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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 25, 2018

First Smargerine, then MadBum, then Curry and now….I’m forced to root for Duke’s dumbass. Ugh. I did two pay brackets and I’m top 4 in both. Of the remaining entries with a chance, I’m the only one who picked Duke to win it all (in both of them). Duke is only a rung below USC, Notre Dame and Penn State on my list of “College Programs I Love to Hate”. And you can probably take out the “Love to”. I’m probably better off if they just lose today.

I’m over all the hand wringing about losing our 2 pitchers. The season isn’t over. We just have to change the way we win games. It’s time for these guys to hit like men. LIKE MEN. Manly Men. They couldn’t have done that last year and I have doubts about them doing it this year. But they’re going up there with wood in their hands. Wield it, goddammit.

Like a man…..

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  1. blade3colorado said, on March 25, 2018 at 8:20 am

  2. John Gibbons said, on March 25, 2018 at 8:41 am

    No No . This cannot be happening . Shall overcome and have a great season despite these setbacks .

  3. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 8:47 am

    so if they don’t need the 5th SP for couple weeks does that mean 12 man staff? If so that should mean 5 OFs plus 2 of Rutledge/ Specs/Sandoval (ugh) Hundley and the 8 starting position players.
    Giants A’s today. I usually catch some of this Series as prelude to real thing, at least in real yards.

  4. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Aretha is 76 today. Those 60s Atlantic LPs, esp Lady Soul, I really enjoyed even for the non hits. That was Muscle Shoals rhythm section with the horns. Great stuff.

    Watched D-1 HS championship last night. Scottie Pippen Jr, is really good, a point with nice shot who knocked down critical FTs in front of pops sitting courtside. Kenyon Martin Jr. also really good and long and lean and under control, unlike the old man. He and Pippen exchanging high fives with phones out to capture moment as Sierra Canyon won over Sheldon of Sac.

  5. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 9:10 am

    end of b-ball season banquet last night talked to Dad who grew up in Kansas and is die hard. I asked about the C and he said he’s OK physically just not a shot blocker. But he can defend and rebound so Bagley shouldn’t have all slam dunk lobs like vs. Cuse and their zone.
    Too bad this matchup is now; would have made for great Finals. props for calling Duke Flav, one of few favorites still left standing. Self loses this one it would add to disturbing pattern of untimely exits; win and he’s a hero at least for a week.

    • Macdog said, on March 25, 2018 at 11:05 am

      What’d you think of Leonard Hamilton not fouling with 11 seconds left and basically giving up, then acting like a jerk to the reporter who asked him about it after the game?

      • Flavor said, on March 25, 2018 at 11:08 am

        he looked like a clown.

      • willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        as many half court game winners I’ve seen lately, not a good look. And going off on the gal uncalled for.

  6. alleykat69 said, on March 25, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Yes believe it are not,their was once upon a time when the “SF Giants had a “YOUNG” and exciting amount of outfielders!!!
    Well yes it was in the 1970’s so here we go..
    Bobby Bonds
    Jack Clark
    George Foster
    Ken Henderson
    Dave Kingman
    Gary Maddox
    Gary Matthews
    Honorable Mention.. Chili Davis to start the 80’s
    Still say to this day, the most exciting fastest outfield I witnessed in baseball was the one year Matthews in LF,Maddox in CF,Bonds in RF those 3 were “STUDS” tracking down potential doubles, triples in the alleys with their glovework and deadly arms as well..

    • Flavor said, on March 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

      I’m with you on all those guys except this Ken Henderson dude. Just looking at his stats, I’m not seeing why he gets remembered on a list including all those other dudes…
      He did get traded a lot, I guess he was a hot commodity back then

    • snarkk said, on March 25, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Kat, I get you on all that. It was short lived with Bonds, Matthews and Maddox – Bobby got traded after ’74 for friggin’ Murcer. Dumbass trade by Stoneham.
      BF – Kenny Henderson was just a solid player. Not great in any one thing, but solid. The kind of OFer I’ll take right now in Duggar if he can do that. I don’t see Duggar as some kind of savior, he’s a legit glove, he’s still developing the bat. Kenny was a line drive guy, occasional HR power, which is what Duggar looks like. I want him to succeed as just a “finally” kind of appreciation of a home grown OFer after 30 years since they last developed Chili…

  7. Flavor said, on March 25, 2018 at 11:14 am

    giddyup

    • alleykat69 said, on March 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Not all that dumb starting Blach vs Kershaw.
      Better chance with Cueto in game 2.
      Though I recall Blach throwin a dandy against the Doghairs something like 8 innings before giving up a hit.As they say that’s why they play the games, on any given day miracles can come true..

  8. alleykat69 said, on March 25, 2018 at 11:48 am

    What’s the deal with Julian Fernandez?
    On the team are off?
    Could start him against Kershaw if he gets to his AB one of his 100 plus heaters could get away and after the brawl Opie winds up on the DL along with Turner and it helps even out the start of the season somewhat..

  9. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Poor Tech can’t get untracked. they were up 9-1 first few minutes now down 13. Nova wrong team to put at FT line and they are outrebounding them tho not shooting well.

  10. Lurker John said, on March 25, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Fuck it, I’m not giving up on a season that hasn’t even started yet. Bum has proven to be a fast healer and the Giants’ offense should be vastly improved this year. There’s enough talent in the rotation to hold down the fort until he gets back. Screw the Dodgers and the rest of the NL West, GO GIANTS!

    • Flavor said, on March 25, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      I’m right there with you. It’s easy to be a naysayer after all this shit went down. What’s the worst thing that can happen by being optimistic?

  11. Flavor said, on March 25, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    • snarkk said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      Andy Dolich comes across on his frequent radio interviews as a smartass blowhard and media gadfly to get attention for his consultancy. Do any of the pro teams in the area have anything specific to do with him anymore?…

  12. YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Best worst case scenario: Blach, Stratton, Suarez, Beede do well. Bumgarner cones back strong, gets a Mulderesque return on a trade with a contender.

  13. snarkk said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I though Blanco got released?
    He’s starting in RF today…

    • zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      He’s a baseball zombie.

    • snarkk said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Pins apparently pulled too early from the Blanco bobblehead…

    • alleykat69 said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Guess he didn’t get the memo..
      Blanco no bueno ok?

    • Macdog said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      Maybe got him confused with Andres Blanco, who did get released.

    • snarkk said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Phuck.
      I retract my giving the FO credit for finally ditching Blanco…

  14. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Giants are on the A’s channel today. Ray Fosse, yay. And sideline reporter Dallas Braden looking like he just escaped from a Phish concert.

    • snarkk said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      I’m ambivalent about the A’s, mostly. Could give a rat’s patoot about what they do.
      But, I came across their pre-game today on 95.7 and right before Korach came on, they ran a cut of Lon broadcasting the clinching final out for the A’s “sweeping the Series” in ’89 from the Giants. Minor deal, but a bush league move, IMO. A’s have a serious inferiority complex v. the Giants…

  15. snarkk said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Well, I’ll be optimistic.
    This year the Giants will have better hitting.
    They’ll lose a ton of games 7-5, 6-4, instead of losing 4-2, 3-1…

  16. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Angels//Dodgers and Rockies/D-Backs are on the MLB Network tonight.

  17. alleykat69 said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Braden should be on a Amish farm and never be allowed to leave it..

  18. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Some opening day info from Eric Stephen:

    “Blach, 27, has pitched parts of the two seasons in the majors with the Giants. The left-hander has a 2.23 ERA against the Dodgers in 36⅓ innings, including eight shutout innings in a win over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in the penultimate game of the 2016 regular season as the Giants were inching toward a wild card berth.
    Blach’s ERA against everyone else is 4.99, in 144⅓ innings.
    Kershaw has a 1.60 career ERA against the Giants in 41 games, including 40 starts, with 307 strikeouts and 44 walks in 297⅓ innings.”

  19. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Can’t remember who said it first, but the idea players and teams need a media t/o every 4 minutes is ridiculous.

  20. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Popovich is not a Trump fan:

    “How can the president of the country talk about all the things he’s going to do, and then go have lunch with the NRA and change it? It’s just cowardice.
    A real leader would have been in Washington D.C. this weekend, not at his penthouse at Mar-a-Lago.”

    • djloo27 said, on March 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Maybe it was just lunch time…

  21. unca_chuck said, on March 25, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    As pissed as I am at Trump, I’m much more pissed off at the Republican ‘leadership’ that is letting Trump drive the country into banana republic status.

    • zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      The sadly funniest thing of the week was Trump calling Putin to congratulate him on his “election victory.”
      I have a relative who’s a big Trump fan that is convinced Trump is playing some kind of brilliant long-game on Putin that will ultimately destroy Putin.
      Uh…..yeah, sure…..

      • zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm

        REM has a song:
        “Crazy, crazy times….”

  22. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    This is the best Cueto’s looked in a while.

  23. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Cueto with 5 pretty good innings 70+ pitches 1 run. duggar saved a bomb by leaping above CF fence.
    Gorks and blanco…not a whole lot of difference except Blanco has had some success here in past. Whomever makes final cut is only there as late game D replacement in LF for Pence.
    If Pence (or the team itself) craters Mac or Shaw would come up I’d guess to take that spot.

    re: “blanco 5 for 50”: isn’t that about how Gorks started off last year?

  24. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    What’s up with the psychedelic grass pattern on the field. Who gets to design that?

    • unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2018 at 10:32 am

      That was from the last Day on the Green. Ted Nugent and Blue Oyster Cult.

      (or maybe I’m just having a flashback . . .)

  25. xoot said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    the new wacky a’s ($1 seats no one wants, joking that they’d charge Giants more to park today, etc.) are more interesting than the Wolff era trust-busting a’s, but I don’t see why the antics would attract many fans. Maybe mlb and the union have a side deal with them that requires monthly reports on their new-park progress and their fan-cultivation efforts.

    • xoot said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      “Giants fans more”

    • zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      And the Treehouse! Hey, play billiards instead of watching the game. Cool!

    • willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      And it’s too bad. they have some decent young hitters plus KDavis and Semien.
      There gonna lose Raiders and Warriors in couple years so they’d be only game in town.
      Redo the yard and make it nicer and more amenable to fans.
      Pablo goes yard 5-1 Giants.

  26. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Belt thought he had an HR there. Bay Area ballparks are tough.

  27. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    How was the game?
    “I don’t know. I played pool the whole time I was there.”
    Oh, OK….

  28. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Osich K’d only guy he faced and gomer with clean inning, 3 pop flies 10 pitches.

  29. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    A’s pitcher threw that pitch right into Pablo’s wheelhouse, and Pablo did not miss it.

  30. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Nice clean game by the Giants.

  31. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    whoo OT!

    • Macdog said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      The Stormy interview will have to wait.

    • zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Go Kansas!

  32. alleykat69 said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Yeah OT in Omaha!

  33. alleykat69 said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Newman on fire 🔥
    All of Kansas pts in OT..

  34. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    clutch Fts
    and here come some more!

  35. willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    wow he misses and Duke throws ball away.
    Sorry Flav for your pool but I dig this. duke is just one of those teams that fall into category of you can’t enjoy Tourney til they are out.

    • Macdog said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Yep, sorry Flav, but good riddance Duke.

      • Flavor said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:42 pm

        I’m fine with it. Fuck Duke.

  36. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Duke gone.

  37. alleykat69 said, on March 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Kansas Baby!
    Who says we’re not in Kansas anymore?

    • willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      goin
      to San Antone

      another heavyweight match up Kansas vs. Nova
      If Self does get through this and win it all that will be quite an accomplishment. Loved the way they attacked Duke zone.

      • zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 5:32 pm

        It’s amazing Allen’s shot didn’t go in at the end of regulation. It just kept circling and circling around the rim.

      • willedav said, on March 25, 2018 at 7:25 pm

        Allen got 2 bail out foul calls at the end he didn’t deserve and hit all 4 FTs. that used to bug me as a coach, when a kid would drive and throw up an off balance shot that has no chance of going in and the refs would call a foul and if you argued would tell you it was a block and defender didn’t have position yada yada.

      • zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 8:19 pm

        It’s the kind of call he won’t get as a rookie in the NBA.

  38. Lurker John said, on March 25, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    A gal I work with is a Kansas alum. She’ll be quite ecstatic. I mean she wore Jayhawk sneakers to work on Friday, fer cryin’ out loud.

  39. xoot said, on March 25, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    The Duke tobacco money taints that school’s rep; Leland Stanford was probably a much bigger robber a-hole. The schools they founded became very comparable universities. Strange how different their bball and football progams always have been. West-coast/Southern cultural differences, I guess.

  40. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    “Lincecum has been battling a blister issue that forced him to miss his scheduled appearance against the Padres on Friday. The right-hander admitted that he isn’t ready to return to the mound just yet, so the Rangers will put him on the shelf for at least 10 days to start the 2018 campaign.”

  41. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    The Angels simply painted a yellow line across the middle of their high centerfield wall, and voila, instant HR-friendly park. The Giants could do that on their high brick wall if they wanted to.

  42. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 25, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    While it does seem like this year’s team *should* score more runs, the pitching situation (as others here have bemoaned as well) has got to be bugging Sabes. He basically built the 3 championships on pitching. Obviously a team can’t control injuries, but this pitching roster will surely test Sabean’s mettle to keep this team afloat in the early going. Unless he’s already written this year off as another Brad Penny year….

  43. zumiee said, on March 25, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Pretty good ranking of the opening day pitchers.
    https://sports.yahoo.com/ranking-every-starting-pitcher-scheduled-mlbs-historic-opening-day-111044467.html

  44. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2018 at 10:34 am


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