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All Systems Go

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 10, 2020

Everything still lining up for the Niners this Saturday. They are full strength. And Theilen looks to be injured again. It’ll be interesting to see if Kyle tries to attack on the ground or in the air. Vikings seem vulnerable to the air attack.

The Giants? Nothin’ happening…..

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  1. djloo27 said, on January 10, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Zaidi’s winter anthem…

    • chipower9 said, on January 10, 2020 at 6:57 am

      lulz. Another gem by Loo…

    • Flavor said, on January 10, 2020 at 7:00 am

      Funky and rad. Z’s inertia is frustrating.

  2. chipower9 said, on January 10, 2020 at 7:00 am

    I posted a link last night about the Giants new training facility in AZ, but appears I pulled this out of the “My Teams” (NBC Sports Bay Area) app. Here is a link that should work…


  3. willedav said, on January 10, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Ha good one Loo.
    Watching Cal and Stanford both win last night off some good home court shooting, bunch of siblings in house.
    Cal has one of Doc’s kid, Jules, who doesn’t much get off bench, and DJ Thorpe, son of Otis. Wazzu has DJ Rodman and the Dad of their best player, C J Elleby, played at Cal. Elleby btw is on the Coby White (played at Carolina last year and is on Bulls now) all haircut team. Impressive do.

    Chron today has big spread with pic of dejected Ronnie Lott walking off field after 1988 debacle under headline “Many Similarities to 1988 as SF hosts Vikes Again.” Randy Cross said, “It was worse game we played. Ever.”

  4. willedav said, on January 10, 2020 at 8:03 am

    just saw story on yahoo re: Jersey Bridgegate case to be heard by the Supreme court next week. Baroni and Kelly argue Feds did not have right to go after them. This is from late summer 2013 when they intentionally caused 3 hours of gridlock on busiest bridge in the world on first day of school, and these two are still out on bail?
    and of course as one blogger noted, the Fat Man Christie appears to have nimbly skated away from all culpability.

    • zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 8:39 am

      I think it sort of did end Christie’s political career. Before that came out, he was going to run for president in ‘16.
      I have no idea what he’s doing now. I don’t think he got a job in the Trump administration.

      • zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 8:48 am

        I looked it up. He finished being governor of NJ in ‘18. For the last year of that he was on Trump’s advisory panel for the opioid crisis.
        He now has a job representing a tech firm, and is occasionally a political pundit on TV. He put out a book in the last year or so.
        Maybe he hopes to run for president again someday, but Bridgegate will dog him.

  5. zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 9:03 am

    The Giants spending many millions of dollars to upgrade training facilities isn’t sexy news, but it’s in keeping with Z’s commitment to greatly improving the Giants’ player development success rate.

    • chipower9 said, on January 10, 2020 at 11:31 am

      Not sexy, but important for our team. I think it very important for clubs to have facilities such as these to help with player development and rehabilitation.

  6. zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 9:10 am

    From the article Chi posted:
    “Zaidi saw firsthand what upgraded facilities looked like when he moved from the A’s to the Dodgers. Harris was with the Cubs as they built Sloan Park, which includes a Pitch Lab, a building containing bullpen mounds, Rapsodo machines and Edgertronic cameras. Zaidi said working on the new minor league facility was a point of emphasis when he took over.
    “Coming from the A’s in 2014, we had an older facility, so it was kind of an education for me to be at Camelback Ranch with the Dodgers and seeing what that investment can do and how it can facilitate player development,” Zaidi said.”

  7. zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 9:17 am

    The distressing part of the article is about the Giants presently having a bottom-level facility in Arizona compared to other MLB teams. I don’t remember ever hearing that before. It’s like the Giants beat writers knew that and didn’t say much about it before.
    “the Giants are putting a heavy, heavy emphasis on player development, but you can’t seriously do that when your existing facility is cramped, outdated and forces players and coaches to fight for parking spots with a local gym.”

  8. unca_chuck said, on January 10, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Well, how often would beat writers tour other team facilities? I mean get down to the nitty gritty stuff like seeing the Zambonis or whatever? Or even team execs seeing how the other guys do things?

    From the article it sure sounds like Z didn’t know what was going on till he got to a different team.

    • zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

      I think it would be easier for a reporter, maybe, to get a look at other teams’ stuff, then an opposing team executive to be kind of snooping around.

      • zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 9:54 am

        For sure, all teams are going to be tight-lipped about their own proprietary analytics.
        It would be much easier just to see how big a team’s facilities are, how many practice fields they have, etc.

  9. unca_chuck said, on January 10, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Great great album, DJ. Talking book, Innervisions and this one were staples of my record collection. First concert I ever went to was Stevie Wonder at the Cow Palace. My oldest sister took me in 1974.

  10. gianthead said, on January 10, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Think keep it simple for Garrapolo and run, run run and then look for Kittle Kittle Kittle…

  11. zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I saw in the newspaper recently a few athletes who are selling their gigantic mansions. Some of the athletes end up regretting buying those. They end up with 40 rooms they don’t use, and maybe a bowling alley and tennis court they use once or twice and then never use again.

  12. Flavor said, on January 10, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Neal Pert is dead and that bums me out

    • chipower9 said, on January 10, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Damn. I missed that. Looks like he died on the 7th. I saw Rush…think it was ’77 around the time they released 2112. RIP.

    • alleykat69 said, on January 10, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      So sad Neal Pert was legendary!
      RIP Neal 🥁

  13. chipower9 said, on January 10, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    As expected, Niners activated Kwon today…


    Go Niners!

  14. chipower9 said, on January 10, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Tribute to Neil Pert, and our Flapper World Traveler, Blade, who I believe is running around in Thailand…

  15. alleykat69 said, on January 10, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Man I’m so fired up for this 49er game, I want to run thru a wall💪🔥🔥🔥🔥

  16. chipower9 said, on January 10, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Another Rush classic that really highlights Pert’s drumming…

    Sorry to clog the blog, Flav…I have been a lifelong Rush fan and was stunned when I saw your post.

    • Flavor said, on January 10, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      I’ve seen rush a couple times. Crowd was always like 98% dudes. Lol. Yeah, pert was rad, sad he’s gone. A reminder that getting to 70 is no guarantee. Gotta celebrate every day like it’s a salad day cause that’s what it is.

  17. sandog said, on January 10, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    RIP Pert. Great drummer and I believe he was also the guy who wrote the lyrics on all their tunes. Saw them once at the Sports Arena in San Diego. Wish I had seen their final tour which I heard had awesome set changes that reflected the different decades of their career.

    Favorite Rush song? Red Barchetta. You guys?

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 10, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      That song is pretty badass, dog.

      Drive like the wind
      Straining the limits of machine and man
      Laughing out loud with fear and hope
      I’ve got a desperate plan

  18. zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Besides being a great musician and lyricist, he also authored some very good books. I read the one he wrote about the very long motorcycle journey he went on to heal his grief after his wife and his daughter both died within a few years of each other. Very well-written, poignant, and honest book.

  19. zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    BF’s comment about the Rush concerts reminded me of a comment in Springsteen’s speech inducting Jackson Browne into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bruce said: “When Jackson and I were both getting started in music, all the women went to his shows, and only guys came to my shows. And not even the good-looking guys.”

  20. Pasalon said, on January 10, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Rush wrote most of my background music in the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, and 10’s. I can’t say that about many bands. RIP Neil Peart.

    • zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      You spelled his name right!

  21. alleykat69 said, on January 10, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Nice choice Sandog with Red Barchetti!
    Here’s a few I liked..Limelight,Fly by Night&Spirit of Radio!!!

  22. zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    “Dreamline” and “Tom Sawyer” are my two favorites, but basically the entire albums they both are from.

  23. zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    I saw this re-tweeted:

    Jon Wurster
    I can’t help thinking he’s chuckling somewhere knowing hundreds of bands with gigs tonight are trying to figure out “an easy Rush song.”

  24. willedav said, on January 10, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    saw the A’s made 1 yr deal with Semien for $13 mil. After 2020 season, both Olson and Chapman can come up for first time arb deals. Repeat seasons from any or all of above and they will be asking for similar I’d imagine.
    See how A’s play this…

  25. dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 10, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    What’s up fellas? Happy new year and whatnot. Pretty bummed about the Neil Peart news. For me Rush is one of those bands with great musicians in every spot. This was one of their songs that I always liked.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 10, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      iirc, this is one of the few Rush songs not written by one of the band members. I may have mentioned this in the past but my brother was a dj at KVHS back in the day and had a huge catalogue of music. I remember Rush always being one of his favorites and he turned me onto them. RIP Neil Peart.

    • Flavor said, on January 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      i fucking love this song. It was the song that kicked me off on my SF Chron paper route at 5am back in the day. Sony walkman. Man, those were the days. Stone in Love by Journey followed it. An incredible mixed tape actually.

  26. unca_chuck said, on January 10, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Geddy Lee’s voice is like nails on a chalkboard, but Rush were extremely great musicians. Peart Lifeson and Lee were as on point as any band could get. FIrst time I saw them I ODed in the bathroom of winterland. Too many reds and Southern Comfort. Pat Travers kicked ass though.

    I did make the encore of la villa strangiato. Pretty damn good. That voice though . . .

  27. zumiee said, on January 10, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Vocals are an incredibly subjective thing. I tend to like a lot of the quirkier singers for some reason. I like distinctive voices.

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