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The Game That Started It All

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 15, 2019

Lots of interesting NFL games today. Of course out here we have a re-match of Super Bowl XVI. That was the game that took me to the promised land. And really, I’ve never looked back–at least in terms of taking down championships. As a fan of Bay Area sports, I recognize the fortune that has been sprinkled upon my life’s timeline.

I remember Super Bowl 16 well. Still to this day that was probably the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. Quarantined in my mom’s room (the only other room with a tv) I watched that game alone vomiting into a green bag. What a glorious day that was. Where were you guys for XVI? What was going on in your life back then?

I would love to get an accurate attendance number for today’s Giants game. If any of you watch an inning of that you are a better baseball fan than I am.

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  1. zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 7:59 am

    I watched that Super Bowl with my dad. The 49ers fumbled away the opening kick-off and I remember thinking: are the Niners ready to be in a Super Bowl?!
    They were ready.

  2. blade3colorado said, on September 15, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Still in the process of moving and closing on my home. Consequently, I will be watching the Giants – between moving boxes to a storage space, cleaning up my place, and other miscellaneous stuff I have to do today. Pro football just doesn’t hold my interest anymore. Perhaps when my life slow downs and I can exhale, I will do the “fanduel/draftkings” thing, but that’s the only way football gets my interest today. Besides, Cueto is pitching and I want to see his continued positive progress. Go Giants!

  3. blade3colorado said, on September 15, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I want to see the team photo where they are making “zero” gestures with their hands. Seven division titles??? Laughable without the World Series trophy and rings.

  4. willedav said, on September 15, 2019 at 10:29 am

    The screen pass is such a cool play as Niners score on one. Mostert looks really good too.
    KC and Raiders this afternoon will thankfully be last game played on the IF dirt, which players liken to landing on pavement.

    • Irish Kevin said, on September 15, 2019 at 11:45 am

      Stupid Raiders and A’s, of those two teams neither of them could get a stadium built!

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 15, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      Agree on Mostert – strong runner laying shots and hard to bring down. he’s looking like a good signing.

  5. alleykat69 said, on September 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Freakin OL should all get game balls, they just opened up huge holes John Candy could even run threw if he was still with us..
    Doesn’t matter if it 1981 are 2019
    “The San Francisco 49ers downright OWN the Cincinnati Bengals!!

  6. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I love Wilson as well. Dude plays big. 500 + yards is Walshian.

  7. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I still can’t drink tequila because of Super Bowl XVI.

  8. zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Gerber/Rickert, bleh. Two auto-out waste of roster spots. Not Zaidi’s best signings.

    • zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Or promoted AAA guys, whatever.

  9. zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I was hoping to see more of Shaw and Davis.

  10. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Dubon w/ another dinger.
    The kid can play. He can play SS or 2nd.
    Yeah, Craw has a full no trade, which was a mistake.
    But, do what it takes to dump him, and as much salary as possible…

  11. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Chron reports 3 restaurants right near Oracle Park have all just closed down.
    Pedros, Amici’s Pizza and Pete’s Tavern. Post-flapalooza, Sandog, me and Unca had a post game drink at Pete’s.
    I’m guessing, but I’ll bet the downturn in Giant’s attendance has contributed…

  12. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    How about that — Belt bunts to the left side and away from the shift for a hit.
    Giants now 3-33 with RISP so far this series …

    • snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      Make it 3-34. On radio, Miller criticizing Belt for not even trying to run home from 3rd on a grounder to the right side taking 2nd baseman towards first base side and away from making a throw home. I wonder what Wotus was telling him, if anything…

  13. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Of course, Longo makes two base throwing error to put a guy on 3d with two outs, next batter immediately smokes single to LF to score the runner. Giants can’t buy that kind of hit…

  14. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Gerber baby doesn’t even get a piece. Rickert with the flare.

  15. blade3colorado said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Coming in late. Cool replay of Dubon’s left field smash. Soooooo, I guess I didn’t miss anything.

  16. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Pete’s closed? I’ve been there 4 times, and it has been absolutely packed every time. Odd. Even the game in May that was a shiity crowd, the place was pretty well packed. Great mini corn dogs.

    • snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Story excerpt, filed this afternoon of SFGate (the worst website possibly in the US?) …

      This time, not one, but three casual eateries are bidding their China Basin neighborhood farewell. Pete’s Tavern, its sister restaurant Pedro’s Cantina, and Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria have shuttered, reports Hoodline.

      Hungry fans headed to Oracle Park – or looking for a reliable screen to watch the game – are now left with fewer choices for their ballpark bites. Lined along King Street, door after door of each restaurant quietly closed with little explanation other than an all-too-familiar goodbye note taped to the front door.

      “We have made some great friends, shared fun times, and made memories that will last a lifetime,” read the sign outside of Pete’s and Pedro’s. According to Hoodline, there was no closure notice at Amici’s. Patrons can still avail themselves to their pies at the Marina location on Lombard Street.

      • unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

        The Merc is a close 2nd if not worse.

      • blade3colorado said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm

        Even with news staff being let go, the Denver Post would be all over a story like this, i.e., determining why the place closed, especially so, if 3 restaurants/pubs closed near LoDo and Coors Field. Inevitably, the restaurant scene at this area is healthiest when the Rockies and Nuggets are being competitive. If I recall correctly, prior to Oracle being constructed, this area was dead. Similarly, LoDo was a skid row area, where you definitely did not want to be at during the evening (unless you were looking for drugs).

  17. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t think Kent Tekulve got as low as Rogers. Nice quick inning.

  18. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    pathetic

  19. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Cripes, now Vogt can’t even make contact with bases loaded and one down.
    Can Craw get clutch ? …

    • snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:44 pm

      Yes !
      He watched Lil’ Yaz score on a wild pitch …

  20. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    wow. i’ll take it.

  21. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Let’s see if Gerber now can actually do something other than K …

    • snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      Nope, earns the Golden Sombrero for today…

  22. willedav said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Not watching Giants but Z’s defense re: Gerber it’s even harder to evaluate AAA guys since they’ve allowed juiced ball into PCL. It’s always been hitter friendly, now even more so. Gerber, like lotta guys had fine year.
    Plus, I really don’t believe you can evaluate anyone in September. Lotta teams just playing out string after 6 months, lotta of new kids no one has book on yet yada yada. It’s great the new guys get to see the yard and ML level ball and teammates.

    Davis so far is 2-13 with couple singles–doesn’t mean squat. But guys with those kind of numbers earlier got sent outta Dodge.
    ST is when things will matter for who gets OF spot and back up IF I’d imagine.

    • willedav said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      and yes like Zum said would have liked to see more of Shaw too, esp at 1b.

    • snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      So, we can take no evaluation of Dubon from his play this month into the offseason ? None?
      The homer and double off Kershaw is meaningless?…

    • blade3colorado said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      “Plus, I really don’t believe you can evaluate anyone in September.”

      Disagree completely.

      • willedav said, on September 15, 2019 at 5:46 pm

        Snarkk, LA is playing out the string too and you know this. They lost 2 of 3 to the Giants, and didn’t give a rats ass.they have kids sprinkled up and down LU. What he did was great and I like the guy. BUT he has 3 bombs now in 55 ABs…do you really think he is a 25-30 HR guy?

      • willedav said, on September 15, 2019 at 5:49 pm

        Marty Lurie doesn’t. I’ve heard him say this repeatedly, that it’s unreliable to base too much on September and April. giants played pirates and Marlins this week they’ve got Boston and ATL next week and those teams positions are all but decided. the final week games vs. Rox and Dodgers same deal. These games aren’t played the same way as earlier in the season.

  23. Macdog said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Stanek picks up Vogt.

  24. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    The ineptness and errors of both these sad sack squads has made for something of an interesting game…

    • unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Bad as we are, the Marlins are in a class of their own.

  25. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    See if Smith is tanned, rested, and ready.

  26. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Oy vey. The walk and wp.

  27. Macdog said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    1998.

  28. blade3colorado said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Nice win by the Gmen.

  29. zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    On to Boston!

  30. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    hoooooo o o o oooo oo shakey but good.

  31. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    And it figures that we get Boch his 2,000th win on the road. We won every World Series on the road, and we sucked at home this season.

  32. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Cubs scored 47 runs and 14 HRs in 3 games this weekend at Wrigley v. Bucs.
    Bryant took a swing basically with just his left (lead) arm and hit it barely out to left.
    This really isn’t baseball anymore, where speed and skills and baserunning and throwing was a big part of the game.
    It’s heading into a joke of nothing but beer league Ks and HRs…

  33. alleykat69 said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Jesus, How do you close down an Amici Pizza 🍕 especially near the ballpark and Big Head Bochy personally endorses on tv as well?

    • snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      I doubt Bochy rolling in there once a year means much to possible patrons.
      Giants crowds way down all season, so must have an impact on the eateries/bars around there…

  34. unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    The only diff I see with those places is if the team is winning, there are crowds there during games. It was deserted when Sandog, Snarkk and I went to Pete’s after the Flap game.

  35. Macdog said, on September 15, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Teams the Cubs outscored today: Giants, Dolphins, Chargers, Lions, Jaguars, Titans, Raiders, Broncos, Saints.

  36. Flavor said, on September 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Man, another one. Rick Ocasek died

    • Macdog said, on September 15, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      Aw man, that’s a bummer.

    • zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 5:41 pm

      He was older than I thought. He was 75.

      • snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 5:51 pm

        His wife Paulina Porizkova split with him last year.
        20 years younger than him.
        I remember her from SI Swimsuit issues 30 years ago. Off the charts Hawwwwt.
        Maybe he died of a broken heart.
        RIP…

  37. willedav said, on September 15, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Restaurant biz in SF and elsewhere is tough. Sure lack of decent Giants team will have a negative affect, but often it has more to do with leases and expenses.

    • willedav said, on September 15, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      Amici’s closed one in Cupertino too right off DeAnza Blvd. iirc.

  38. zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Within the punk rock/new wave scene, the Cars were considered lightweight posers. I heard them referred to as “The Eagles of New Wave.” I disagreed with that. (Plus, I like the Eagles.)
    The Cars had strong musical hooks in their songs. They did what they did, and did it well. I get the criticisms of them, but their songs still sound good, and what greater complement can you give a band? Not every band has to change the world of music. Sometimes it’s good enough to just do well-crafted work.
    This is one of my favorite Cars songs. I love that wacky keyboard solo that appears after the first chorus then never appears again. Like a lot of Cars songs, the song sounds deceptively simple, but any songwriter in the biz would say these guys were good.
    (I have heard their live shows were a bit lacking. They were more truly a studio band. The records were their legacy.)

    • zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      The wacky keyboard solo does appear during the last verse. I forgot that.

    • zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Benjamin Orr from the band died in 2000. I didn’t know that. He sang lead on “Drive” and “Just What I Needed” and some others.

      • unca_chuck said, on September 15, 2019 at 6:25 pm

        Yeah, he was insanely talented. Drive was their biggest song I think.

        Great band. Moving in Stereo and All Mixed Up is the best 2 song album closer out there,.

  39. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve never found Amici’s pizza to be particularly special.
    Overpriced is more like it…

  40. alleykat69 said, on September 15, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Not a good weekend for Rock Stars 😢😱😩
    First Eddie Money now Frontman Ric Ocasek from The Cars..Comes in 3’s who will be next?
    RIP Ric&Eddie

    • Flavor said, on September 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      legendary Stanford coach John Ralston died too so there goes #3

  41. Macdog said, on September 15, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    PaniK ks for final out in Mets loss to Bums.

    • zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 7:26 pm

      And looked terrible doing it. Like he had no idea what Maeda throws.

  42. zumiee said, on September 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Tony Gwynn studied film for hours and hours, and became one of the greatest hitters of all time. The vast majority of hitters don’t want to put that kind of time into it.

  43. dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 15, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Amici’s closing is no surprise. That’s what happens when you try to pass off greasy cardboard and salty mozzarella as pizza.

    • Flavor said, on September 15, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      never been sadder to read a post here.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on September 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm

        I feel bad for the folks that worked there but true pizza connoisseurs appreciate its decline in the marketplace.

      • Flavor said, on September 16, 2019 at 5:24 am

        name a local chain that’s better and if you say Round Table we fight.

  44. snarkk said, on September 15, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Years ago when I was in NYC for about 10 days, I made sure to eat my share of pizza by the slice. I’d take any NYC corner pizza joint’s fare over Amici’s. I haven’t had all of them of course, but any decent Italian restaurant in SF that’s been around a while and that makes a pie has pizza at least as good as theirs. There’s a decent, but nothin’ special regional chain place in the Bay called Tomatina that used to have a unit near me, they had a righteous hot brick oven and their pizza kicked butt on Amici’s …


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