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Madness Approaches

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 17, 2019

The good news: The Giants won, scored 10 runs and had 17 hits.

The bad news: none of those balls went over the wall.

It’s fun when you have a game with hits falling into gaps and good luck on your side. But when the luck runs out you need to be able to compete with the big boys. Three run bombs make their own luck, dig?

I nominate AWOT as the best nickname of the year, maybe ever. Good one, Loo.

March Madness time!

I have paid very little interest to college bball this year, mostly because the Cardinal have too many things stacked against them to ever compete again at the highest level of D1 hoops. Looking forward to filling out my brackets, though. I see that Yahoo has ditched that absurd perfect bracket thing and will be giving away 1 mil for the *best bracket*. Much easier. lqtm.

My #1 go-to play in years like this when I don’t pay attention is to check all the home/road splits of those who make it. There’s nothing like a home court advantage in college hoops and a lot of teams come in with inflated records only to lay huge eggs when they get away from their precious familiar surroundings……

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  1. Flavor said, on March 17, 2019 at 7:17 am

    the end of this is the best. Who’s dumber, this guy or the Russian who couldn’t figure out he was trying to put bottoms on his top?

  2. willedav said, on March 17, 2019 at 8:08 am

    ha. yeah hmmnn. iirc Warriors won without Green too, though not without Thompson. One point last night they had Livingston McKinnie and Cook in there, with Cousins and Thompson and were still blasting OKC.

    The whole Pac12 is full of teams that should be in the NIT. UW looked dreadful at end of season, and despite Walton’s cheerleading Oregon isn’t very good at all. Stanford, idk. Sucks for Haase that Travis bailed on them, but they weren’t very good and lose the most dependable guy, Sharma the lone big. Sometimes your much hailed recruits, like baseball prospects, just don’t work out.

    • Flavor said, on March 17, 2019 at 9:06 am

      The PAC 12 is fucked. Nobody watches their games so recruits have no interest. And sec is now mining Hawaii and Ca. They’re also completely mismanaged by a buffoon who makes 12 mil a year. Pathetic demise of a once great conference

  3. willedav said, on March 17, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Gonzaga losing neutral site game to St. Mary’s team that probably wouldn’t be in the Tourney either, should stop any talk of them from being #1 seed. Feel bad for San Diego St., who lost the title game of Mt. West conference to Utah St. but beat highly ranked Nevada twice this year. Nevada will get in though, and Aztecs won’t. Keep an eye out for Jalen McDaniels, soph for SD St and likely in NBA next year.

  4. willedav said, on March 17, 2019 at 9:04 am

    We’ll see when the final teams are announced, but so far looks like Texas will be state with most teams in, maybe as many as 6 or 7. This includes Abilene Christian and Prairie View. I love watching the conference tourneys of smaller schools but…
    What if NCAA had one Tourney of larger schools/mid majors and another for the Gardner-Webbs Northern Kentuckys and N C Centrals of the 300+ college D1 world?

  5. willedav said, on March 17, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Chron had a whole column re: butt hurt OKC fans still mad at Durant leaving. Meanwhile, they have Westbrook who did one of the lamest things I have ever seen last night. Tried to shoot turnaround J over Klay Thompson, got some contact and missed, then as Thompson grabs rebound just walks up and full on body bumps him. Thompson laughs and walks away while Westbrook barks at ref who calls the obvious foul and T’s him up.

    How is that acceptable reaction to something that didn’t go your way? On the playground it would start immediate brawl, and in a HS game you’d get tossed and face suspension from any coach with ounce of respect for the game. Durant is a villain and this guy is somehow a hero and role model?

  6. Bozo said, on March 17, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Carlos Gonzalez was plan B? Glad that flurry is Car-Gon.

  7. Irish Kevin said, on March 17, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Hope they go with this guy instead of a vet

    https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/giants/aramis-garcia-continues-hard-work-after-successful-giants-debut

  8. alleykat69 said, on March 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I’m with you Kevin!
    Aramis is dedicated to make a good impression, which he showed in his small sample size last year.(Farhan type stat player)He should get a lot of playing time early, since the Giants don’t need to rush Posey out of the gate.
    Play the kid, even at 1st base once Belt goes on the DL with gangrene..

  9. zumiee said, on March 17, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Henry S. on KNBR with Lurie, thinks Rivera will be the back-up catcher, Sandoval makes the squad, Solarte will beat out Hanson for a roster spot, and Duggar and Williamson make the squad, with the other two outfield spots still up for grabs.

    • willedav said, on March 17, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Bochy and the Pablo love blow up the bench. There are better options at 1b and he is mostly effective as LH, which Giants have too many of already. Rather see Hanson in there with Solarte, a C, Ferguson Parra Mac and Duggar in OF plus usual suspects (posey longo belt craw panik).

  10. Flavor said, on March 17, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    half a decade later, still together. lqtm

    • willedav said, on March 17, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      pablo had good Series too. choose what you want to believe about ST stats, but Panik had 3 hits yesterday and is batting .517. good outing for Suarez too. Giants play 17 games with one day off to start season, so even if Suarez doesn’t start season with SF likely makes an early appearance

      • zumiee said, on March 17, 2019 at 1:55 pm

        I’m not as negative on Panik as some are. He’s always had a nice-looking swing, but for some reason he hasn’t shown he can square up balls as much as he needs to. I keep hoping he’ll figure it out.

      • willedav said, on March 17, 2019 at 3:10 pm

        probably has a few months to show if he can get back to 2017. That year had 10 bombs, all on road, .768 OPS overall. Vs. RHP the OPS that season was .799 so likely a platoon candidate with Solarte. At home though he didn’t hit well even in a relatively good season, so maybe he just needs change of scenery. Only 27 and making only $3.8 mil.

  11. alleykat69 said, on March 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Panik had a lot of nagging injuries(hamstring/back) last year,came in to camp healthy,loss some weight and looks good raking at .517 with OPS at a ridiculous .1167..He’s always been a tough out putting the ball in play more then most, not always with power are great results, but a healthy year, and yeah I’m the only one who mentioned him in the past, he could challenge for a batting title..

  12. blade3colorado said, on March 17, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Giants put it all together the last two games (albeit, Melanoma self destructed again today. Man, I hope ownership contacts the Front Office and say, “It’s okay, drop the tool . . . If we’re going to pay him, we might as well pay him to stay at home).

    • alleykat69 said, on March 17, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Well the doucebag did get his 3 hitter minimum end during his latest implosion to raise his stellar ST era to 11.12! Don’t even big leaguers have options to go to the minors?

  13. djloo27 said, on March 17, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Panik would’ve been a better pickup for the Yankees than Lemahieu, IMO…

    • blade3colorado said, on March 17, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      The two-year, $24 million agreement was an unbelievable “overpay” in my opinion. LeMahieu is the definition of a “Coors Field creation.” An OPS .673 mark on the road last season. Ugh. I can’t believe many Giants fans wanted him to play for us.

      One move I wish the Giants would have made is getting Tulo at the league minimum. However, I understand he hates the Giants (grew up as an A’s fan). He also hates the Sherpa Front Office for getting rid of him. IMO, he could have gotten revenge on a regular basis if he had chosen us over the Yanks.

      • alleykat69 said, on March 17, 2019 at 5:31 pm

        Yeah never get that crap 💩 I grew up an A’s fan. Shit didn’t he grow up in the south bay like you Blade? You should only root for the A’s if you live in the east bay.
        And yes I’m with you Blade,a player like Tulo with RH pop, can be a guy you can play all infield positions except maybe 2nd?spelling others with spot starts and a valuable PH off the bench late in games would of been a plus for a bench that’s always been weak.

      • blade3colorado said, on March 17, 2019 at 5:41 pm

        Actually AK, I have friends and a cousin, who know the Tulowitzki family. He was born in Santa Clara, but graduated from Fremont High in Sunnyvale. I don’t know how he was able to play outside his district. His parents still live in Santa Clara across the street from my cousin. A few of my friends are friends with his sister, Tiffany. Although he was a good hitter in HS, I seem to recall he was a better pitcher. Also, he was excellent in basketball.


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