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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 5, 2020

I try not to watch these daily Trump briefings, they’re just so stupid and he’s so incredibly petty. But I do catch bits and pieces. I watched him say he wants the NFL to start in September. “They want to get back, They’ve got to get back,” he said. In the same conference he said he didn’t see a vaccine for 16-18 months. I’m not sure why I care that Trump is giving a timeline for a vaccine since I’d lay even-money that he couldn’t even spell the word vaccine. But you can’t tell sports to re-start in a few months and in the same breath say we’re a year and half away from a vaccine.

Personally, I think his timeline is off. And that’s weird because he’s saying so many dumb things I would have expected him to predict we’d have a vaccine this coming Wednesday. But a year and a half seems long. This has become the collective goal of the scientific world, I’m thinking we get a vaccine significantly sooner than 18 months.

I still don’t see how football starts in September, nor should it.

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  1. Pasalon said, on April 5, 2020 at 7:36 am

    I’ve watched several interviews with Bill Gates and he thinks a vaccine is 18 months out, give or take. His foundation work on infectious disease makes me think he’s credible.

    • Flavor said, on April 5, 2020 at 7:53 am

      if that’s true, and that must be where Trump got his 18 months number from, then it makes it even more stupid that he’s telling everyone to fire the sports world right back up.

  2. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Trump just lives for that day’s news cycle. All he cared about was giving some NFL fans some false hope so they would have a positive vibe about him on that.
    One of things that makes Trump a terrible political leader is his inability to care about anything past a day.

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:07 am

      The problem is it feeds into Trump’s confusing signals about the virus, and that confusion leads to some people not taking the virus as seriously as they should, including some state governors.

  3. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Read something on ESPN where Dabe Swinney at Clemson is prepared to get his team into practice and ready for college football to start game schedule on time. Isn’t spring practice a pretty big thing in Texas SEC ACC country?
    I just saw this morning Missouri issued stay at home warning. um, it’s April and some states are just starting?

    • willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:09 am

      the Georgia governor said that he was worried about the state’s economy before issuing any shelter in place warnings. Um no matter how good your economy is, hard to enjoy for citizens that are dead.

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:11 am

  4. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Great posts by Mac and Loo at the end of the last thread about the Giants’ ‘66 season.

    • djloo27 said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:41 am

      Thanks, Zum.
      Love your dueling apostrophes up there…

    • willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:43 am

      yeah great stuff. Loo is fountain of knowledge on that time whereas I have to look everything up; I don’t remember near as much of it despite Giants usually being in thick of pennant races. If Giants game was on radio then, we listened to it at our house with Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons.

      • djloo27 said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:48 am

        I was an obsessed little boy devouring box scores, magazines and studying BB cards. I have a pretty good memory, but I had to look up a lot of those details (Virgil, McDaniel, etc.) from ’66…

      • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:49 am

        I barely missed Hodges. I started listening in ‘71, and he had retired after the ‘70 season, I think.
        Simmons was a big reason I became a Giants fan. I could have become an A’s fan, but I liked Lon a LOT more than the A’s guy Monte Moore.

  5. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:26 am

    The Giants TV network is marathoning the ‘14 World Series today, starting at 9:30 AM Pacific Time. They’re only showing the 4 Giants wins.

    • willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:02 am

      these are actually cool because we get the KNBR feed with all 4 of Giants announcers instead of Buck Erin Andrews yada yada. That wasn’t easy to juggle all of them and still be coherent. During the simulated play station game when K and K were doing it for first time at least twice in the hour long telecast they stepped on each other’s lines and wound up talking at same time.

      • wilcojoe said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:17 am

        I think I read somewhere were Kruk would no longer be doing any road games and instead would be doing the road games virtually. I guess this is good practice for them to ensure that their not speaking over each other, which sounds like, it may be a problem.

  6. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Simmons was great, Hodges kind of a whiner and usually complaining about weather during summer in Midwest and back east. Monte Moore, oh man, world’s worst homer. A’s would show up on TV a lot and were fun to watch in Reggie’s younger days but Moore was just awful. Green and gold was cool uni too. I got a baseball card of Tony LaRussa (who sucked as player) wearing one.

    Giants on TV vs. Dodgers with Gary Suntan Park, lol. Some of those I do remember seeing, like when Drysdale in midst of trying to set consecutive shutout innings record plunked Dick Dietz with bases loaded and ump Wendelstedt disallowed it. All of those LA SF games were great theater and very intense.

    I remember another weird game I watched on TV (lot more weekend games became available eventually) when Marichal was pitching vs. Astros and lost as Giants hit into 6 double plays. gotta try and find box on that one.

    Funny Loo mentioned Herman Franks as one of the mgrs Mays enjoyed playing for…my Mom hated that guy and always said mean things about him. She was a hard ass ala Billy Martin and was always talking about fining ballplayers $50 for mistakes.

  7. blade3colorado said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:18 am

    “We’re opening up this incredible country. Because we have to do that. I would love to have it open by Easter,” Trump said.

    “I would love to have that. It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’d love to make it an important day for this. I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin’ to go by Easter.”

    In a second interview with Fox that aired Tuesday afternoon, Trump said he offered the holiday as a deadline because “Easter’s a very special day for me.”

    “Wouldn’t it be great to have all the churches full?” Trump asked. “You’ll have packed churches all over our country … I think it’ll be a beautiful time.”

    Packed churches next week? Fucking moron.

  8. Flavor said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:20 am

    I know this has been an item everyone needs to cross off their worry list so: I haven’t yet got my haircut but I did buy some clippers on Amazon, they’ll be here April 11th

    • djloo27 said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Did you get the ones I recommended?
      Hair is my life!

      • Flavor said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:53 am

        Loo, you gave me a rec’d for actual scissor clippers, at least that’s what came up when I searched for them. I bought something I can just buzz over my head. Spent $60. Probably not enough to get something useful long term but I really just need it for one or two buzzes

    • Pasalon said, on April 5, 2020 at 10:36 am

      Jim Carrey isn’t going to shave during this crisis. I’d like to see some solidarity from you, in your case not cutting your already absurdly short hair. Please cancel the Amazon order for the scissors.

      • Flavor said, on April 5, 2020 at 10:50 am

        they’re clippers not scissors, matey. And I’m keeping this shit tight no matter how bad it gets.

  9. James said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:42 am

    I’m relieved that I don’t have to be angry that today’s game is going to be rained out.

  10. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Pence homers off “Big Game James” Shields after Flan mistakenly sends Posey who is easily tagged out at plate.

    • willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:46 am

      still hard to believe Giants OF in WS was Ishi Blanco and Pence backed up by Juan Perez, with Morse DH.

  11. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Flannery’s first inning screw-up sending Buster gets saved by Pence’s HR.

  12. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:53 am

    I don’t see how any sport league can re-start up or kick off their season and it doesn’t really matter what Trump wants. Even if they were to hold competition without crowds pretty much all of the people involved add up to what? A minimum of 25-50 people – players, refs, coaches and broadcast personnel. If you were a player would you be willing to put yourself and family at risk by participating?

    I guess it would be sort of interesting to read the fine print of the respective labor agreements. Can leagues compel player participation somehow? Can players require some level of testing at facilities? I don’t know…

  13. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Morse singles to CF scoring Pence and that’s it for Shields who gets no one out top 4. Perez hits for Ishi to come in and play LF gets sac bunt down. iirc he drove in run in game 7 too. Only Giants hitter I recall having good series was Sandoval.

  14. Flavor said, on April 5, 2020 at 10:59 am

    lol, I sit here at home wondering how are country can have so many stupid people in it and then it all becomes so crystal clear after seeing this video.

    • willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:12 am

      I was at company mgmt. meeting last October with 20 others new to our parent company we had never met before from South–Georgia florida both Carolinas and Tennessee. At one breakfast we were talking with really nice lady from Tennessee. she asked when we opened on Sunday and I said “!0 AM.” And she responded well no one will be there because everyone will be in church. Which I was led to believe was just how life goes on–Sunday is go to meeting day, and gatherings afterward might consume much of rest of normal day.

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:13 am

      There are a lot of Christians who aren’t stupid, but she is definitely stupid.

  15. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Can’t get over how big Morse looks. Listed as 6-5 245, looks taller than that.
    Who as a SF Giant position player might have been bigger? Kingman listed as 6-6 210 on B/R.

  16. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:36 am

    I had forgotten how comfortable the lead was in game 1 throughout the game.

    • willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:41 am

      kc had Bum in trouble there early and didn’t score. He settled down and shut them out after that and Giants continued to add to 3 runs they got in first off Shields. 0 runs 2 hits through 6.

  17. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:37 am

    “joe panik with some help from Aoki” says Flems as he winds up on 3b and drives in Blanco who had walked 6-0 Giants.

  18. Macdog said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Loo: Looks like the ’66 makeup game would’ve been at Cincy — Giants played the Reds 17 times and the rest of the NL 18 times, and had one more home game than road.

    • djloo27 said, on April 5, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks, Mac.
      Looks like it woulda been Sadecki’s turn.
      McDaniel had a damn good year out of the pen although I think that Cub trade to get him
      (and Don fuckin’ Landrum) might’ve cost us a pennant or three.
      Bill Hands and Randy Hundley could’ve put us over…

  19. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Challenging times for many many businesses, including the movie business.

    “The outlook is grim for the movie industry at the moment, with cinema closures and postponed movie releases causing seismic shifts in the movie calendar. Now we know the box office impact of those measures to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
    From March 20 to 26, the US box office made just $5K, according to Box Office Mojo. The same time last year, that number was over $200 million.
    The low figures make sense. By March 19, virtually all cinemas had shuttered in North America.
    In the first quarter of 2020, the US box office suffered a 25% decline in revenue compared to last year, according to The Hollywood Reporter — a drop of $600 million.
    James Bond, Mission Impossible 7 and Wonder Woman are among the movies whose releases or productions have been delayed due to the coronavirus. The setbacks have also seen many theaters struggle to stay afloat.”

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:41 am

      “From March 20 to 26, the US box office made just $5K”
      That is such a stunning statistic.

  20. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I’ve watched a lot of movies on TV these past few weeks. I’m usually years behind on the current releases, so it takes me a while to get to things.

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:45 am

      By TV, I mean NetFlix, too.

  21. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Some of the films I’ve seen recently:
    A Star is Born (the most recent remake)
    Dunkirk
    Straight Outta Compton
    Joy
    American Hustle
    The Revenant
    BlacKkKlansman
    The Heat
    You Can’t Get Away With Murder (1939 Bogart prison film) on Turner Classic Movies
    Bachelor Father (William Holden film from the 1940s) on TCM

    • willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      read the Black Klansman book, fascinating.
      Part way through Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols. He helped Robert Redford do the movie version; love to be able to find that.

      • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 1:08 pm

        I’ve never seen the Milagro film. I had forgotten about that one.

  22. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    giants coming into game 4 were down 2-1 and KC pen had dominated both Royals wins.
    Dyson was playing CF and Cain had moved to RF no more Aoki (0-7) starting

  23. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    clean inning from Use More of Petit as Stix used to call him. He’s still pitching isn’t he?

    • djloo27 said, on April 5, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      Stix was proud of that one…

  24. alleykat69 said, on April 5, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Petit is pitching for the A’s now.I just can’t figure why teams keep dumping him as he has been solid through out his career.The last 4 years between the Angels&A’s he has been lights out coming in from the pen, great era’s and Whip!

  25. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Game 4 was so crucial. What a battle!

  26. alleykat69 said, on April 5, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Petit once retired 46 straight batters in 2014 a major league record!
    Trivia question.. Petit was also one strike away from a perfect game in 2013.
    Who was the batter that broke up his perfect game?

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      A’s Chavez, I think.

  27. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Sandoval with another clutch hit batting RH. Lot of ground attack for their runs, just like when Royals were scoring off Vogs.

  28. alleykat69 said, on April 5, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Great job Zumie!
    Yeah Eric Chavez with alittle bloop to RF in front of Hunter Pence..

    • djloo27 said, on April 5, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Impressive, Zum!

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      I remember wishing he could pitch around Chavez, because Chavez was getting goods swings off of Petit; but Petit had to throw some strikes because of it being a perfect game going.

  29. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    The Giants eventually blew game 4 open.

  30. snarkk said, on April 5, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    This talk about sports events back to normal in the fall is insane, ridiculous, and is a totally useless distraction from needs to the focus right now, which is people stay sheltered, and get protective equipment to those who need it. No vaccine can possibly be ready by this fall, let alone manufactured and distributed on a scale of billions of doses.
    If you haven’t been given a vaccine shot, would you sit next to total strangers along with 75,000 others, many of whom would surely be carriers of this virus? It’s just PR blather. BTW, Boris Johnson, the Brit PM, just got taken to the hospital with Covid-19. He dropped the ball in the UK just like his idiot in arms Drumpf…

    • xoot said, on April 5, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      earlier in the day Johnson released a video statement forcefully urging everyone in the UK who could to stay at home. He stressed the serious threat the virus embodies. As extreme as he is in many ways, Boris is a helluva lot better leader than is sloppy, self-serving trump.

      • snarkk said, on April 5, 2020 at 4:44 pm

        Agreed Johnson is better, but when the other person has the competence of Mr. Magoo, it doesn’t take much to be better…

  31. xoot said, on April 5, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I attended that Petit near-perfecto. Corbin pitched a good game for AZ. The score was close at the end. I think Bochy and Wotus had to compromise on positioning the OFs at the end, not wanting to let a double upend things. Otherwise, Pence could’ve been closer when Chavez PH’d. One wonderful thing was the way Petit walked down off the mound after Chavez’s little single, took a deep breath, and then strode back up and finished it off. The crowd was large that night. He heard us.

    I also attended game 5 2014. If you listen to the broadcast right now, you can hear me losing my voice for a couple of days.

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Ah, Chavez was with the D-Backs at that time. I had forgotten the D-Backs were the opponent.

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      I remember Pence just couldn’t get to that little line-drive from Chavez.

  32. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    “Nadia, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, has become the first of her kind to test positive for the coronavirus.
    The 4-year-old female Malayan tiger tested positive after developing a dry cough and is expected to recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo said in a news release.”

    • djloo27 said, on April 5, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      She must’ve gotten a few double takes in the emergency room…

      • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 5:18 pm

        lulz

    • Macdog said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      Good luck getting her to wear a mask.

  33. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    “Duran Duran bassist John Taylor revealed that he contracted COVID-19.
    In a tweet, Taylor said that he tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago and had a “mild” case of it before evolving into a “Turbo-charged flu.”
    “I came out if it feeling okay – although I must admit I didn’t mind quarantine as it gave me the chance to really cover,” Taylor said.”

  34. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Lorenzo Cain sure looked like a good ballplayer at this point of his career.

  35. snarkk said, on April 5, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    The zoo medical staff is drawing straws on who gets to intubate Nadia the Tiger…

  36. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Missed the start of game 7. coaching b-ball practice at Mt. view buddhist temple. My asst and I walked across street and got sandwiches at Dickie’s BBQ and watched last 4-5 innings.

    • xoot said, on April 5, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      Did you see that Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler in Mt. View shut down for good the other day? One of the last real links to the old orchard days in the valley.

      • willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 7:49 pm

        no, that’s too bad. Remember when there was one in Menlo Park too. And of course Oasis long gone.

      • xoot said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:44 pm

        yeah, they sacrificed for the greater good. Social responsibility is tough. Selfish weaklings can’t handle it.

      • Flavor said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:22 pm

        NO! I just ate there like a month ago. Fuck, that fucking sucks.

    • djloo27 said, on April 5, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      You really got your work cut out for you, willedav.
      These guys don’t look like they can stop anybody….

      • willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 7:53 pm

        ha. fortunately for us youth group I coach for donated $$ for new rims and stuff and got gym remodeled; we were still using it as of end of Feb. It’s a nice place to play.
        Sure hope at some point gyms reopen before school starts back in fall.

  37. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Affeldt was life saver.

  38. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Hudson had nothing in the biggest game of his career.

  39. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Pence and Sandoval each had 12 hits in series. I don’t think any royal had more than 9.

  40. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Zum you score games. Does Belt still get credit for sac fly moving Sandoval from 2b to 3b? that was a big play.

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      No sac fly on that. Sac fly has to score a run.

  41. zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    It’s still amazing to me they over-turned that huge call at firstbase. MLB replay umps were braver in those early days of replay review. They’re not as brave as that anymore.

  42. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 5, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Delayed film releases include…. Mission Impossible 7? Did you say 7, as in Seven? My goodness.

    • zumiee said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      I think I saw #1 and #4.

  43. Flavor said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    just finished 5th season of Schitt’s Creek. Outstanding and worth the watch. Season 6 is due later this year, can’t wait.

  44. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    the high hard one right past Hosmer, awesome.

  45. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Bum gets last word on Perez who had homered off him in Game 1, only run they scored off him entire series.

  46. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Regardless of what happens to him in AZ or elsewhere, hope we all live long enough to see the day Giants put #40 up on the wall at the O.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 5, 2020 at 11:13 pm

      KC should put #40 up on they’re wall as well..

  47. willedav said, on April 5, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    WS stats: 36 innings 1 earned run 14 hits 5 BBs 31 Ks ERA 0.25 WHIP 0.5.


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