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Top Of The Mountain. AGAIN!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 17, 2022

For a 54 year old guy like myself who’s lived basically his entire life in the Bay Area, my list goes like this:

1981

1984

1988

1989

1994

2010

2012

2014

2015

2017

2018

2022

Just sit back and bask in that. In all it’s glory and destiny.

For me nobody can or will ever pass Joe Montana on the list of greatest Bay Area sports heroes. But Steph is right there, man. Two Kings. All the other players who contributed to those 12 flags are great and I love them but they are court jesters and disciples to those two kings. The feels those two give me, it’s like looking at the sun, man. Can’t do it. Just for a second maybe. The love I have for them, its just too overwhelming.

Imagine having the power of Steph Curry. He has given such an immense and meaningful gift to millions and millions of strangers. Just think about it for a second to be nothing but a human being but having the power to do that……

If I die 2 seconds after hitting “publish” on this thread from a sports fan perspective I’m good. Complete. Satiated.

I will never ever stop appreciating the moments these heroes have given me.

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  1. Giant Head said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:06 am

    Bill Simmons reported this morning that the Warriors players in their locker room celebration started chanting: “Fuck You Draymond!” That is hilarious.

  2. Giant Head said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:13 am

    Victory last night seemed improbable after that start (I did not cash in either of my Mavs and Celtics correct predictions:). I noted Wiggins will not get paid ax money and Flav you noted you wanted to for lack of better memory to blow things up and move on to next Gen Warriors. This unexpected year and playoff run will keep them together a for at least couple more years till Klay and Dray contracts are done.

    What is crazy is if I remember their luxury tax hit will be couple hundred million this year which seems crazy but I believe it was Colin Cowherd who reported Warriors will make $700 million this year so they Sen willing to go ahead and have a $200 million plus payroll and maybe pay $300 in luxury taxes. That seems crazy but this seems something Lacob and Gunner are willing to do. So pay Looney, Pay Poole big money now like what they over paid Curry in his first deal, pay GPII and then pay Wiggins. I never saw us keeping Wiggins long term and was throwing his name out last off-season for Ben Simmons or Siakam now I can’t see the future Warriors without him.

  3. Bozo said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:27 am

    What an incredible list, just seeing those years brings up visual moments for me.

  4. willedav said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:57 am

    gloating Warriors fans can be quite annoying, but imo Memphis gave GS more game than Celts did. I watched Tatum get the switch he wanted, guarded by Curry, and not be able to score against him. Often he passed off to someone else without even getting up a shot. wtf? Celts are missing another shooter/scorer (ala Desmond Bane or Dillon Brooks) to complement J Brown, one of few who actually showed up last night, at home in their last game of season. 39 points at half and down 15 after starting with 14-2 run? Wake up call needed over there, because something is missing.

    Jordan Poole needs one too. Has to get committed to being stronger physically, being more competitive at D end of floor, and be smarter player when he has ball in his hands. No coincidence in Celts series he was often yanked off the floor and team played better without him.

  5. willedav said, on June 17, 2022 at 8:10 am

    mm some minors notes from boxscores etc.
    GD 7-33 (all singles) with 1 BB 11 Ks in Sac. Papierski is one of Cs, and Bart will be there soon. DeSclafani will pitch this weekend. Ramos still hitting barely over Mendoza line, OPS mid ,600s
    LHP Kyle Harrison got promoted to Richmond. So far 12 BBs 2 HBPs in 19 innings, but 30 Ks.
    Bailey is hitting .206 in Eugene, Luis Matos .147 yikes. Luciano out of action with back problem for 2 weeks.

    • willedav said, on June 17, 2022 at 8:20 am

      3b Casey Schmitt from San Diego St is hitting .302 for Eugene with 9 HRs .503 slugging and .879 OPS.
      Because of C overload in Sac Giants sent Ricardo Genoves to Richmond. Hit .233 with .669 OPS at Sac.
      Hope Wynns works out!

      • Winder said, on June 17, 2022 at 8:57 am

        Thanks for the update. We are not getting the results that we hoped for. That 2020 draft just might turn out to be really special.

  6. zumiee said, on June 17, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Congrats to the Warriors! That was a really hard-fought game last night. It was a ragged game in some ways for both teams, but the intensity of the game was off the charts. Green stayed away from antics and delivered one of his best games ever. Steph gave one of his most memorable performances ever. There’s so many things to say about Steph’s basketball greatness, but one of my best memories of him during this year’s playoffs was in one of the earlier series, in a quote after a game. During a game, he tripped over a concession guy who was delivering food to someone in the first row of those seats at court level. After the game he was asked about it and said “The guy was just doing his job.” Steph basically took the blame upon himself. It was a wonderful thing, and an example of the type of thing that makes him so beloved. A few weeks ago, one of the players on one of the other teams called Steph “the most humble superstar ever.” In the comparison to Joe Montana, it’s not just about sports greatness, there’s also something about their humility, too. Players like that make it extra special to root for them. And no nicknames needed. Neither ever really got nicknamed. They are simply Joe Montana and Steph Curry.

  7. zumiee said, on June 17, 2022 at 9:21 am

    And those Bay Area teams are really Northern California teams, as far as fan-base goes. Of course, in addition to some fans around the nation, and around the world. Hello, Paul in Asia!

    In an ironic twist, there were also many Dodger fans rooting for the Warriors in this series, because the Lakers and Celtics are tied at 17 championships each.

  8. unca_chuck said, on June 17, 2022 at 9:24 am

    I’ll give JP some slack. This was his first playoff appearance and it was very uneven. Had some great early games, and a lot of dribble dribble force possessions. His game 1 fuckups were pretty bad.

    Still and all, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Wiseman, Kuminga, Moody, and Poole as the team inevitably moves on from Steph, Dray, and Klay in a few seasons.

    What’s funny is Skip Bayliss going on a rant (ad nauseum) about how lucky Steph is.

    • willedav said, on June 17, 2022 at 10:06 am

      Times he drove to hoop and got his shot swatted, even by old man Horford, just cringe worthy. funny thing is, A Slater in Athletic showed clips of regular season when R Williams did same thing to Poole, twice. Dude, either get shot off sooner with floater, or keep dribbling and pass the ball. yeow
      And that’s where he is to me–extremely talented and athletic (like 400 others in NBA), but too airheaded. It takes a lot of time and experience to be consistent stellar player in NBA. Good luck to Poole. He’s gonna need it

  9. unca_chuck said, on June 17, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Joe Cool was is and forever will be Joe Cool. I always like the baby-faced assassin.

    • zumiee said, on June 17, 2022 at 9:41 am

      Did either of those nicknames really stick, though? They were good tries, but I don’t think they stuck.
      My favorite nickname for Joe actually was from Don Meredith on Monday Night Football. One night, as Montana was having a great game, Meredith said: “Joe Montana needs a nickname. A name like…..Johnny Joe Idaho!” It was hilarious. After that, my friends and I would sometimes refer to Joe as Johnny Joe Idaho. It was said with much affection.

      • unca_chuck said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:29 pm

        Well, being in the league 12 years makes the baby-faced assassin kinda moot.

        But Joe Cool was pretty big.

  10. unca_chuck said, on June 17, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Certainly the Laker fans didn’t want to see it.

    • zumiee said, on June 17, 2022 at 9:47 am

      The Laker fans were put in a big quandary. They hate the Warriors, but also didn’t want to see the Celtics win their 18th championship. It was definitely an “asteroid series” for Laker fans.
      An “asteroid series” was a phrase one of my friends used to describe a series where he hated both teams and hoped an asteroid would crash into the arena or stadium.

      • Flavor said, on June 17, 2022 at 10:31 am

        it’s weird how the Lakers and Warriors are never good at the same time. Like, ever. It would be fun if they were both at the peak of their powers facing off but nothing on the horizon suggests the Lakers are even close to being that any time soon

  11. unca_chuck said, on June 17, 2022 at 9:30 am

    One of the craziest things about this Warriors run is that the first full game that Steph, Dray, and Klay played together was game 1 of the playoffs.

    Kerr did a pretty fantastic job of coaching this season amid all the weirdness.

  12. Flavor said, on June 17, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Man, how about Wiseman getting a ring in just his SECOND NBA season! Amazing.

    • snarkk said, on June 17, 2022 at 11:21 am

      Does he actually get a ring for never having played one minute of this past season?
      I suppose he does, since he’s getting paid…

  13. alleykat69 said, on June 17, 2022 at 11:23 am

    I want to personally thank the Minnesota Timberwolves for passing on Stephen Curry TWICE back in the 2009 draft! They took both guards Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn ahead of Curry at #7! I remember that I couldn’t believe it and The Warriors pounced all over the Davidson Star and he was my knowing nod pick as well, I jumped out of my recliner with a F**K Yeah scream knowing in my heart they scored the best player in that draft!!
    You could see even back then he had long range capacity on his shots that others didn’t which could easily play in the NBA and of course the 3 point line.His work ethic’s are off the charts, never completely satisfied as the great ones have! He’s earned his Mt Rushmore face as one of the greatest players of alltime..

    It was a miracle answered for the Warriors as Steph has taken the NBA to a new dynamic level with his 3 point game and is such a unselfish player, his game has actually gotten better when he drives to the hoop as well, are dishes off of that to a teammate for a dunk are open basket!

  14. snarkk said, on June 17, 2022 at 11:25 am

    I will never understand why Curry does not get more foul calls. He is constantly being held, pushed, shoved, grabbed, mugged while moving without the ball, and often with the ball, and shooting 3s or layups. Other stars get calls if somebody looks at them with a side-eye…

  15. snarkk said, on June 17, 2022 at 11:34 am

    This is the kind of crap about Curry that comes from the East Coast. In the NYTimes comments today on an laudatory article on the Dubs win. Looks like a Boston sore loser.

    In terms of his achievements and stats, Mr.Curry’s talented and one of this generation’s greatest players, sure. But his style of play (foul-baiting, consistent focus on being injured in some way, and being at the forefront of the NBA’s increasing obsession with 3-pointers) is changing the sport not for the better. For fans of the 90’s era NBA, today’s version is boring, soft, and a waste of time to watch. Even if sports gambling had not been legalized and statistical analytics were less a contributor, a 6’4” guard with his poor vertical jumping ability, fear of injury, and being averse to anything other than behind the arc shots is not very interesting, and does not come close to approaching a greatest of all time mention. Michael Jordan would have dominated Steph Curry and only worsened Steph’s chronic ankle and ego problems.

    • Flavor said, on June 17, 2022 at 1:10 pm

      outrageous. Who wrote this bullshit?

      • snarkk said, on June 17, 2022 at 1:18 pm

        There are a fair few more commenters who wrote similar crap to this article’s comment section, if not worse.
        There are a lot of Curry detractors out there. No doubt ESPN and other blogs and media sources and talking head blowhards running critical articles and criticizing the Dubs and Steph in past years, for some reason (clickbait), generate this garbage POV in people’s heads. Steph is probably the best “human” of any US-based global superstar athlete in my fading but still decent memory. Posey was a good human but not a global superstar, and not close IMHO to Steph’s social impact nor impact on his sport.
        This kind of crap is just another example of why I believe that social media is mostly “mind poison”…

    • Winder said, on June 17, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      East Coast bias is hard to hide and is prevalent with much of the media. When I lived in CT I couldn’t believe how so many people overlooked the teams out West. Same goes for the college teams out here.

      • djloo27 said, on June 17, 2022 at 2:02 pm

        Maybe because they’re asleep for so many of their games because of the time difference?
        Don’t discount that.
        MacDog and I are exceptional freaks…

      • djloo27 said, on June 17, 2022 at 2:07 pm

        Most of my friends are Met or Yankee fans and they admit that they can’t make it through the night games when their teams are out west. They’re always asking me HTF I do it.
        And many are too young to remember the 11:00 PM starts not all that long ago…

      • Winder said, on June 17, 2022 at 2:30 pm

        Yeah, that is a good point. I imagine that they should research stuff before they print it though. As fans go a lot of it probably is the time difference. I doubt I would stay up till the AM very often just to see a game.

  16. willedav said, on June 17, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Longoria back in lineup at 3b, LaStella DH, Belt at 1b, Wynns catching Rodon vs. Pirates today

  17. alleykat69 said, on June 17, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Nice start a Gonzalez goes leadoff deep bomb to RightField!Continues to impress!

  18. Lurker John said, on June 17, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    HTF do you do it Loo? 🙂

    • Lurker John said, on June 17, 2022 at 4:46 pm

      I lived on the east coast for two years in high school, so I get it. Those 9 pm MNF games were a killer. Couldn’t wait to get back to CA, even though I did like NJ.

  19. Lurker John said, on June 17, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Steph gets to the basket with as much creativity and zeal as anyone out there but rarely gets credit for it and he’s a fantastic finisher at the rim. Runners, floaters, layups from just about any angle, high off the glass, low off the glass, the dude does it all.

    The notion that he’s “obsessed” with 3-pointers is retarded. Yeah, he’s the best ever in that category, but his overall game is so much more than that. Look how much he’s rounded out his game since coming into the league. He’s now a solid defender when that was once the most criticized part of his game. He’s always gotten a lot of steals, and he’s an excellent rebounder at the point guard position. Forget about his assists. The man drops dimes like nobody’s business.

    Look at his physique, how much stronger he’s become. Every aspect of his game has been honed and refined for years and he’s now better than he’s ever been. At 34, that’s remarkable.

    I read criticisms like the one Snarkk posted and just roll my eyes. People like that are meandering through life without a clue. Stephen Curry is a unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer and we’re lucky to have been witness to his great career. And yes, he’s a damn nice guy to boot.

    Really happy for him and the Warriors. This title was the least expected of all.

  20. Lurker John said, on June 17, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Kat, I was right there with you when the Dubs drafted Curry. I wanted him badly, but a lot of the so-called experts didn’t think that much of him and he wasn’t expected to do much in the NBA, as I recall. But I saw something special in him at Davidson and it sounds like you did too.

    Same thing with Klay. I live in WA and got to see him play a lot at WSU. I knew he’d be good and was stoked when the Warriors drafted him. The rest is history.

  21. unca_chuck said, on June 17, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Take a gander at Skip Bayliss for the usual drivel regarding Steph. He only scores when the Warriors are ahead is his latest ice-cold take. I mean, yeah, go all the way back to game 4 when the Warriors were down 4 at the half and Steph scored 19 in the 3rd.

    ESPN ‘journalist’ and fat fuck Brian Windhorst said the Warriors ‘wrote a check’ to win this championship stating their $340 million payroll won it for them.

    Well it was $170 mill. The poor poor pauper Celtics spent a miserly $142 mill. They drafted most of their team, and people were laughing at them for trading for Wiggins. What a bunch of shit.

    Or better yet, just skip Bayliss. He’s a fucking troll.

    • snarkk said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:36 pm

      What about the Nets?
      They “bought” KD, Kyrie, Blake Griffin, and the expensive, but useless Ben Simmons.
      Look where that got them…

  22. Flavor said, on June 17, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    i know the game is on but I’m still basking, vibing on shit I find like this

    • snarkk said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      That perfect bounce pass from Draymond that Steph just did a quick stop, grabbed the ball on the bounce and fired in the 3 pointer all in one motion — that doesn’t happen without playing with each other for years…

    • djloo27 said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:35 pm

      Did Steph not see Game 6 of the 2002 WS?

      • snarkk said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:38 pm

        Steph knew Felix wasn’t coming into the game in relief…

  23. James said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Ok, just a quick complaint about the shittiness of the umpiring and the horrible Crawford ABs tonight. Back to enjoying the Ws.

  24. snarkk said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Nice pitching by Rodon.
    Nice shutout.
    Luis Gonzales continues to impress…

  25. Lurker John said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Whoohoo!

  26. xoot said, on June 17, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Javvy accidentally came close there to suggesting “Mowdown Rodon.” Not bad, short-term.

  27. Winder said, on June 17, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    That was a great game.

  28. mrsprtdude said, on June 17, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Well said Craig! No Bonds as a sun? No titles, but a lot of bright light!

  29. Macdog said, on June 17, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Good start against a team that always gives the Giants fits, especially in P-burgh. And guess what? I’m going to the next two games. I finally made the drive out here, staying at my oldest brother and sister-in-law’s place just outside the city. Going solo tomorrow, then with family including my mom, on Sunday. Ironically, I didn’t see tonight’s game; my brother, who is not a sports fan, doesn’t get the Pirates channel. But it sure looked like Rodon was sharp, getting through 8 innings!

    • James said, on June 17, 2022 at 7:44 pm

      Lucky you, assuming the Giants don’t screw it up. Great stadium and city. Still have my Pirates umbrella, which we briefly needed … sounds like you’re good on the weather front.

      • Macdog said, on June 17, 2022 at 8:18 pm

        Yes, looks like 70s next two days. And definitely looking forward to seeing the ballpark.

    • willedav said, on June 17, 2022 at 10:16 pm

      wow great Mac! Enjoy.

  30. mrsprtdude said, on June 17, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Dubs lead the league in spending by a lot in recent years. Tax hit alone higher than some teams right?

    But there is more to it imo. People talk about the Dodgers now. Yankees in the Jeter years.. Buying the title..
    A great organization has the resources because they do things right. Yanks (past), Dodgers now, and the Warriors have smart people who draft well and fit in the pieces well. But an added bonus is the willingness to pay extra in a way that works, and to actually have the money to do so. Those who bitch about Warriors can suck it…I wish the Giants had a similar approach. They have smart people who draft well or (mostly) find pieces that fit well. But we don’t spend money the way the Warriors and Dodgers due. A stark difference.

  31. willedav said, on June 17, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Always nice when your leadoff hitter in the game gets game winning rbi.
    Pitching continues to excel, and Wynns wins another one.

  32. willedav said, on June 17, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    46 HRs hit in 16 games today, including couple by C J Cron who drove in 5 vs. Padres as Rox won 10-4 behind K Freelund. Pads have lost 8 straight at Coors, coming after having swept 4 from Cubs. Pads are 41-25.

    • Macdog said, on June 18, 2022 at 5:42 am

      And Bums lost in 10 to the Guardians, who gave up 1 run in the 1st and then zeroes rest of the game.


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