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The Hat

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 13, 2020

I know most of you read this last night but this is the best. Just the best. There’s nothing I could write today, or ever, that is better than this.

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sandog said, on February 12, 2020 at 8:32 pm (Edit)

I love the fact that I’ve met Flav’s dad and he keeps an eye on the blog.
January 31st was the 4 year anniversary of my dad passing away. I’ve posted about my dad on here a few times over the years. He wasn’t much of a sports fan, but he knew how much I loved sports so he took me to some Giants games growing up and also occasionally to see the Warriors, the A’s, and even a few Sacramento Solons games.
When I was around 15, I bought him a Giants hat for what must have been a birthday or Father’s Day present. It was a stylish hat for the time, an alternative look to the classic on-field hat. That same year—I’m guessing it was 1980—we went on a summer trip to the midwest to visit my dad’s side of the family in Iowa and Minnesota. My siblings were all out of the house by then, so it was just me with my mom and dad in our GMC truck pulling a trailer. I was very pleased to see my dad wore that Giants hat as we made our journey. I loved that he was repping the Giants and wearing a hat that I considered to be cool.
When we were in Minnesota, we set up our trailer at my Aunt Virginia and Uncle Don’s farm and spent time with their family. Among them, were my oldest cousin Jim and his wife Connie. They were probably in their late 20’s then and I could tell my dad had a close bond with both of them. At one point, Connie mentioned that she had a hat collection and that she loved my dad’s hat and asked if he would be nice enough to pass it along to her for her collection. I can’t remember if I voiced my objections publicly or privately, but I definitely was not down with that plan. I loved him wearing that and I didn’t want to see him just give it away to the wife of my cousin who I barely knew. But somehow my dad, as was his way, sold me on the idea that it would be a nice gesture and I grudgingly went along with it.
As the years went by, I didn’t see much of Jim and Connie. They made a brief stop at our house in Woodland a year or two later and in 1987 I visited that farm again on a cross country trip with a college friend. I don’t remember bringing up the hat incident on either visit. But last year, my Aunt Virginia passed away and it was decided that my brother Mark and I would represent our family at the memorial service in August. We had a great trip reconnecting with my dad’s Iowa roots and one night we stayed in a classic farmhouse AirBnB outside Sheldon, Iowa with several of my cousins—including Jim and Connie. One afternoon, we were in the yard having some drinks and shooting the breeze in a beautiful rural setting and I asked Connie if she remembered that deal with the hat. She said she did remember collecting hats and that the incident sounded vaguely familiar, but didn’t specifically remember the hat and had no idea what may have come of it. We had a laugh about it and moved on to other topics and I honestly hadn’t given it another thought since that conversation.
Fast forward to yesterday, where I had a helluva day. As some of you know, I work at a high school as a school counselor and also coach boys’ varsity basketball. I went directly from working my job to setting up the gym, to coaching the JV game as my partner is out of town, to running the clock for the girls game, to announcing the line-ups and honoring my seniors before our game, which went to overtime—where we scratched out a one point win. I was totally gassed as I left campus, but I checked my box on the way out and to my surprise there was a package in there from Connie. I had no idea what could be in the box as she and Jim had literally never mailed me anything in my life. I was so tired and hungry and curious to see about the New Hampshire primary that I really wasn’t even that curious what was inside. But after a while, I grabbed a pocket knife and opened it up. There was some wadded up Christmas wrapping paper in the box and when I got past it, there it was—-the exact same hat I had given my dad roughly 40 years earlier. Wrapped in plastic and in damn good condition! She had a post-it attached to it that simply read “Found it!”
I couldn’t believe it. I still haven’t unwrapped it and put it on. I cried a little bit right then and there, but for some reason it hit me harder this morning when I took another look at it and I broke down pretty good.
I’ll send Flav a picture of that sweet bastard so you can all check it out. Better yet, maybe I’ll wear that sucker to a Flapalooza with all of you at Oracle this season.
Go Giants!

Another Pitching Score

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 12, 2020

Nice to see Trevor Cahill signed. He’s only 31 which surprised me. He’s only 1 season removed from a 110 ERA+ in Oakland. Oracle will be kind to his remaining pitching skill set and we DO need reliable starting pitching.

Ok, that’s about as positive as I can be for Bobby Bowden.

Kevin Pillar could not have found a better landing spot than Boston. BoSox fans will go crazy for his defensive wizardry in the outfield and while he won’t be able to replace much that Betts does at the plate he’s going to love banging the ball off that green wall. I will continue to root for him.

Winter Haze Not Lifting

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 11, 2020

Pitchers and catchers report today. I think they do, that’s what someone told me. This does nothing for me.

The weather is beautiful, I’ve stared out this window long enough. I should be itching for some baseball.

And yet, there’s no hope, nothing to get excited about. Not if you’re an SF fan.

Look At Me! Look At Me!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 10, 2020

I don’t watch shows like the Oscars–all those people do is celebrate themselves—incomplete despite money and fame, now they want hardware, too? Screw them. The only reason so many people watch is because the regular Joe wants to forget his boring life for a night and to feel involved in the industry somehow with their his own opinion on what movie was good or bad. Seriously, who cares?

A new week is born and we eagerly wait for Zaidi’s next move. my prediction is…. Chris Speier—sure he’s 69 but he’s already had 2 go-rounds with the team and we know how Baer loves to bring back those old Giants. Third times the charm? I bet he could still put down a mean bunt….

 

 

Lots Of Guys

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 9, 2020

Here’s our current outfield group + B-Hammy. I have no idea who Joe McCarthy is or why he’s on the active roster.

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There’s a lot of bolshit on that list but this is probably what we get in 2020. I’ve accepted Pence into our lives. He’s here, might as well make the best of it and there is no easier dude to root for.

With all those names you have to wonder if the future of J-Davis is shrouded in limitation in SF…..

Pointless Moves For The FB Housewives

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 8, 2020

My main man in Reno, PaSalon, texted me “you better have a long stride” if I continue to criticize the Pence pick up. And while Big Flavor fears no mortal man, friend or foe, I have no intention of continuing to call out Zaidi for his perplexing off season moves. He has broken me.

The Billy Ham pick up doesn’t enthuse me as much as you might think. I love what he does once he’s on the base paths but it’s the *getting on the bath paths* part that’s the biggest problem. He had a chance to show what he could do in a cavernous ballpark last year in KC and it never happened, in fact they batted him 9th most of the time he played. His stick is just too impotent. I suppose there’s a chance he could bounce back a little in a return to the NL and I would prefer watching him 1000 times over the known boring entity of Dugger. Could he lace a few balls into triples alley and excite the crowd in ways Belt could only dream of doing? Sure he could, but at this point B-Hammy does nothing for me.

Just like all of Zaidi’s moves.

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One Flap bonus token to the first Flapper who can identify where the phrase “you better have a long stride” came from without googling it.

Hunter Not Making Sense

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 7, 2020

I haven’t seen the deal yet. The details don’t matter. Signing Hunter Pence is the dumbest signing I can remember the Giants making in the last 20 years. Maybe ever.

Zaidi has no plan other than to piss me off.

 

Not Competitive

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 6, 2020

Exactly:

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We got rid of our most exciting player (Pillar) but he didn’t have any upside and I was fine with them not retaining him.

The guys we’ve added are starting to make Z look like a Dodger mole.

The baseball season is LOOOOONG. If we can’t find a reason, not a single reason, to be hopeful in freaking February we are absolutely doomed.

How many baseball seasons do you think you have left in your lifetime? Are you cool with just tossing one out before the season even starts for literally no reason?

Placing Big Betts

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 5, 2020

Just from a pure baseball perspective, last night was pretty cool. Trades and wild player movement like we saw between LA, Minnesota and the Red Sox is what the the hot stove season is all about.

I still don’t understand why Boston wanted to trade Betts. Because they couldn’t re-sign him? Why couldn’t they do that? They didn’t get back nearly enough but for only a year of his services I guess that’s to be expected. If I’m a Red Sox fan I’m waking up this morning pissed off. There was no reason for this.

As I said last night, LA is in a pretty desperate situation having not won anything in 31 years. All those seasons of failing must be getting pretty staid.

So we’ll see if it works, it probably won’t. But I respect them for trying something bold.

Winter Truly Setting In

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 4, 2020

These post Super Bowl days are always bad but right now they’re worse than ever. Warriors: suck. Spring training is on the horizon but I can’t find a single reason to get remotely jazzed about the Giants. They’re going to be terrible. We don’t even get a little fake hope thrown our way. KNBR is hyping fanfest big time and you’d have to shoot me out of a cannon against my will to make it to that bullshit.

Also, this guy can kindly go fuck himself.

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Let me get this straight, he’s never trolled the blog? Uh huh….

This fuck doesn’t show up here for literally YEARS and then we’re supposed to see it as a coincidence that he just magically re-appears the day after one of the worst sports losses in Bay Area history? And then he posts a video mocking Niner fan support of the team. I don’t give 2 fucks where the video originated from. You were trolling the blog yesterday you dumb motherfucker.

Instead of mocking the Niners, Dodger fans should figure out how to spin the fact that their team is mentally weak, unable to win anything of consequence for going on 31 years despite having the best talent on the field.

 

Un-Great

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 3, 2020

There was a moment last night, some time late in the 4th quarter, it just hit me: Jimmy isn’t great. I know what great is. Great is Joe. Great is Jerry. Great is Ronnie. Greatness happens and unfolds because it is simply better than you. And it was then that I realized this wasn’t going to happen.

I’m so spoiled by past greatness. It’s almost a curse. Say what you will about Maholmes shaky Super Bowl performance, the fact is that dude led his team to 3 comeback wins in the 2020 playoffs. THAT is greatness.

Joe would never have missed a wide open Sanders. Not in that situation.

I know Jimmy isn’t Joe and I have to stop obsessing and pining for the past. But it is just so damn sad to not have greatness on our side. Not anymore. And that is the cold reality that Niner fans get to wake up to this morning.

 

Overdue For #6

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 2, 2020

Ok, so I might have overdone it a skosh on the prop bets…..

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I’ll post a follow up pic of all the winners. 🙂

We’ve been down this road before. Not nervous. Focused.

LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Three Days

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 31, 2020

Where is everyone watching the game? I’ll be in Reno with some of my main men. I am hoping San Diggity puts me on a group text with him and Loo but I understand if that type of enemy infiltration is too much for them to handle. Fair warning: there will be no texts from Big Flavor reassuring you if you put me on a group text. I *assure* you.

Here’s a clip of that idiot Francesa saying you can’t watch the SB alone only to, one second later, reverse course and say he wishes he could watch the game alone. This guy is one of the dumbest, corniest, most self absorbed sports show hosts I have ever listened to. And luckily I only hear the clips this dude posts on twitter.

Screw The Giants

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 30, 2020

Ok, I can put up with a lot of shit…..actually that’s not true at all.

So if they do this:

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…..Ima go off.

This couldn’t be a more disrespectful move to the fans. If this happens, and it really already happened with The Panda, the front office is saying “We know you’re a bunch sheep who will sit passively and graze at the trough of garlic fries as long as we trot out names you’ve heard of.”

There is absolutely no other reason to bring back Hunter Fucking Pence.

I am telling you right now, I am not going to a game in 2020 unless the ticket is free…..

Five Days….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 29, 2020

I had a dream last night. And it wasn’t one of those good ones like MLK had.

Niners were up 26-24, clock winding down, Maholmes driving…..

Butker kicked a game winning field goal, we lose 27-26.

Terrifying.

Glad I dreamed that last night and not the night before the game. What now? I’m beginning to put my game face on. Confidence is rising. Knowing dude head nod be boppin’. By Sunday you could fire a 45 off next to my head and I wouldn’t flinch.

 

Fade Away Year

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 28, 2020

I like seeing the Dbacks trading for Marte. They’ll give the Dodgers a bit of a fight and that’s something to root for, I guess.

It still sucks for us. Z is spoon feeding us a throw away year and when tomorrow isn’t guaranteed it’s bullshit that we get an entire year of no hope whatsoever.

I’ll make it through the season, I love the sport and have no problem focusing on other teams/players through daily fantasy play. Part of me would really like to see the fans not act like sheep this year. Refuse to buy expensive season tickets for this crap product. A message has to get sent to Baer and his money driven cronies that this is an unacceptable way to treat such a loyal fan base.

Mamba Out

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 27, 2020

Kobe is gone. While I won’t be missing him I definitely understand why this affected so many people the way it did. It was gut wrenching to watch so many NBA players weep before and after the games yesterday. His passing has left a huge hole in the league.

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Eight other people died. At first I thought John Altobelli might have been Joe’s son. I’ve never even heard of another *Altobelli* and this guy is a baseball lifer. Turns out they aren’t related.
This is a great (unlocked) article about him. I recommend reading it.

https://theathletic.com/1563483/?source=twitterhq

Being Rewarded For Being An Idiot

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 26, 2020

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Absolutely. It’s a story I’ve told before. 2004 Super Bowl. I was in Reno with my main man Pa Salon, we were at the Grand Sierra (it might have been the Hilton back then I can’t recall for certain). I was not being the most responsible patron, boozing pretty good, carousing around. I think I even played some black jack that night something I don’t think I’ve done since. Most of the second half, I was all over the casino. I don’t remember what specifically caused me to do this but with a few minutes left in the game I decided to purge myself of all my losing tickets. I threw away a bunch of them (it felt sooooo good) and then trudged off in a huff to go get another beer or lose money, I don’t remember, it’s a haze this many years later.

The end of the game was the Vinatieri field goal and I was staring at the score and I was like, “wait a minute I think I had $20 on Carolina to score 29 at 40-1.” That’s when I realized what an idiot I had been and I went looking for that damn ticket that I’d thrown away. I scoured garbage cans. Looked all over the ground. I must have looked like such an idiot. No luck.

Anyway, this story goes on and on but it ended with Pa Salon convincing the pit boss to pay out my ticket without producing the winning ticket. I forget the details, he can chime in in the comment section if he reads this, but it had something to do with it being such an unusual bet and it would be easy to track if that ticket ever got cashed or not. I think we had to wait a couple weeks or so? Anyway, they paid out the bet despite never receiving or running the ticket through the machine. A definite first for me.

So, I’d like something similar to that happen this Sunday minus the losing the ticket part…..

The Long Hockey’d Winter

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 25, 2020

Entering a bit of a dead zone for sports around here. No NFL this weekend with but one game to go next Sunday. No baseball. NBA without the Warriors is just ok. Excited for them next year though with Steph, Klay, Green, a stud FA pick up and whoever their top draft pick will be.

Until then I’ll continue to dutifully memorize Ruf’s Korean League stats and stare out this window waiting for Spring to begin….

Speed Kills

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 24, 2020

Maybe we just have too much time leading up to this game. Maybe paranoia starts to set in for no reason. Maybe Salah is just engaging in hyperbole.  But this quote has me shakin’ in me boots.

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Giants News: As you heard, they signed Darin Ruf(faroundtheedges). He is old and he is back from Korea where he raked.

That is all.

Betting Lines

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 22, 2020

The betting line still favors the Chiefs by 1. The O/U has crept up a couple of points to 54. Obviously I’d take the Niners on the ML but the O/u intrigues me. EVERYONE is saying this is going over. That alone is the reason to take the under.  I’m looking at 2 good defenses and a Niners team that is currently hell bent on running the ball nearly every play (thus bleeding that clock down). I’d take the under in this game at anywhere in the 50’s…..

Giants news: Hensley Muelens likely to not get the Met’s managerial job. Between him and Wotus they have to be like 0h for 20 on interviews. Time for both to accept that the rest of the baseball world doesn’t see them as managerial material……

Red And Gold Till I’m…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 21, 2020

…whatever, you know the rest.

This is probably going to be a Niner blog for the next 2 weeks. I can’t bring myself to tout the Blevins pick up. The Giants seem content on doing nothing in 2020. My strong advice is to get into daily fantasy baseball if you want to stay interested in the upcoming baseball season…..

Feels Great, Baby!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 20, 2020

I used to take this shit for granted. Back when I was a kid we’d break off Super Bowl wins like a damn Kit Kat bar. Then, many years passed. Harbs got us there in 2012 and I just figured we’d win another one because that’s what we do. Reality set in hard as Kap threw a desperate floater to Crabtree. And we had finally tasted defeat.

Seven more years clicked by and we find ourselves back again. Wiser now, I don’t take this berth for granted nor do I confidently expect a win. Dark questions remain unanswered. How will old-ass Richard Sherman keep track of Tyreke Hill flickering around the field? I can barely keep track of him with my eyes. How can we possibly stop the great Maholmes who is Russell Wilson only taller with a better arm? And we cannot stop Russell Wilson…

I don’t have the answers to those questions, my friends. What I know is that I won’t take this game for granted. Unless Joe and Ronnie and Jerry and Keena are on the field, there are no guarantees. So I will bask and appreciate every moment. Win or lose.

Now, a quick comment on the current POTD. Loo, this isn’t even close to the same thing as Rooster. I hate the Dodgers and celebrate every sadness Rooster has in his life. There are so many. But truth be told, I actually like KC a lot. They are so fun to watch. And if my Niners can’t nail down #6 I would be happy as hell for you, a Hall of Fame Flapper, to get the win.

So I get to watch this game with serenity and contentment. Either there will be a preferred outcome or a tolerable outcome. I will celebrate either, just with different levels of joy…..

 

On The Cusp of Six

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 19, 2020

Woke up today feeling not as confident as the days leading up. This is Aaron freaking Rodgers. We’re doomed. He’s gonna sit behind a rock solid line, scan the field and have his pick of receiving options before rifling a laser pass to a pinpoint target.

Just kidding. We’re gonna smoke these fuckers.

Full steam ahead to Super Bowl 54…

Fixing This Mess

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 18, 2020

So is it too extreme to look at having the dugout/catcher/pitcher communicating electronically? I don’t see any other way you could stop someone wearing a wire/buzzer. It’s an enormous advantage if you know what’s coming. There’s got to be someone smart at Apple who can devise something quick, easy and hack proof that would work. I mean, the Russians would be able to hack into it but that’s cool if it’s only them, right? How come it’s always the Russians hacking into our shit? Do we ever do it to them? How come we only hear about Russia disrupting our election/our shit? Are their hackers just better than the good ol’ USA’s? Say it ain’t so…..

Funny…..

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Outrageous!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 16, 2020

I am just stunned and beyond sickened by this cheating scandal. At least in the steroid era the playing field was *even-ish*. So many players were doing it. But with this scandal seemingly contained to just the Houston cheaters I want to see something dramatic done by the commissioner. Manfred should take away their world series win. Just make it vacant. No winner that year. Letting them keep it when they have proven to have cheated so pervasively shouldn’t even be considered at this point.

Fuck Altuve, he should be suspended for a year for that video alone. He’s crossing home plate with that dumbass coy smile on his face holding his jersey tight to his neck. And how dumb do I feel for believing in this guy? Lol, some pint sized midget is out there winning MVP’s and I’m thinking the guy was some super human stud. Jeez.

He’s just a fake cheater. A damn wizard of Oz. Being disgraced publicly isn’t enough. The punishments better keep coming for these Astro bastards….

Frustrating Winter

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 16, 2020

I really enjoyed reading yesterday’s thread, I thought everyone made valid points. My issue is not that I think we could compete this year. I just don’t see the need to go full tear down-lose as many games as you can-mode. I’m  not advocating signing Nicky C, I agree he wouldn’t make more than a few games of difference. But jettisoning Pillar and others while adding the Jake Jewell’s of the scrap heap, that’s not something a 77 win team can do and expect anything other than 60 wins next season. And that’s lame, we didn’t have to be a 60 win team in 2020.

SF season ticket holders are pretty much sheep who won’t complain about anything and will probably just continue to re-up and give the tickets away to their clients until the team is good again. Z and ownership know this and that’s probably why we’re seeing this off season approach of not trying to get better, like, at all.

And maybe that’s why they’re keeping Belt and Crawford. I have to believe someone would take them if we paid most of the rest of their deals. But ownership probably wants to keep making a boat load of money without completely alienating the fanbase–they’re sheep but they’ll only remain sheep as long as we run the core guys out there. The FB housewives love seeing those familiar names on the back of the laundry….

In the meantime Larry can keep building his shopping mall or whatever the fuck it is he’s doing…..

Sunken Ship

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 15, 2020

I still don’t understand this.

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Does Z hate Cozart this much or is he in love with Jake Jewell? We’re already paying this dude 12 mil, there isn’t a spot for him on the bench? If his shoulder is recovered, and maybe it isn’t, I don’t understand this. 12 mil for Will Wilson?

Ten bucks says Wilson gets DF’A for Erik Kratz in like a week……

 

The Just OK Bowl?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 13, 2020

I can’t remember an NFL playoff with this easy of a path to the Super Bowl—the Niners are a good team, not great, but the drama of them getting there, since the moment Greenlaw stonewalled Hollister at the goal line, just hasn’t been there. They got a freeroll with the Vikings and beating Green Bay won’t be that much more challenging.

KC? I’m assuming that D will be better when they get Chris Jones back. But even then they don’t seem hard to score on, especially when you get them out of Arrowhead.

Maholmes is definitely an issue. But to win a Super Bowl you have to be able to overcome at least some greatness, right? Can we really win it all just by being good?

Who knows? Tennessee could beat KC. No one thought they could beat NE or Baltimore so I can’t say they can’t beat the Chiefs. There is a narrative out there that Henry will be able to run all day keeping Maholmes off the field. I guess I could see that happening. Unlikely though.

 

Unexpected Outcome

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 12, 2020

Weird, wild stuff in Baltimore last night. Just like Greenlaw stonewalling Hollister and setting the seedings on fire, Tennessee has done just about the same thing by knocking out the Ravens. Some dude bet $420,000 on the Ravens money line last night at -420. Would love to hear his thoughts today. Or how he went about telling his wife. On second thought there’s no way that guy has a wife.

I guess I’m rooting for Green Bay today because they’d be easier to truck than Seattle. But part of me really wants to fly over the Seahawks dead corpse on the way to Miami.

KC gets a freeroll there now, right?

Too soon?

lqtm

Quest For 6

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 11, 2020

When it comes to the 3 big teams in the Bay Area there is no question which team represents the will of the people. The Niners. Hands down.

For me, obviously baseball is my game, that’s where my heart is. But I get why the 49ers are *the heart* of this area.

When they won it all in January ’82 it just changed this place. A huge weight of loserness was shed.

So when games like this one come up we represent. The first knowing dude head nod I ever knew was because of Joe and his crew.

Let’s go.

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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…..

Flap Nation

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 9, 2020

Today is Shout Out Thursday. And today’s shout out goes to my main man in….checks notes…..Bainbridge Island, Washington! Ervin is a true Flapper who checks the blog every morning like all the rest of you. He just doesn’t post anything. That’s ok we appreciate the support anyway!

This is an older pic of my main man in Reno (Pa Salon) and my main man in Washington (Ervin) representing at my main spot in SF. #3in5 #4life

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Seriously though, you Flappers who have stayed with the team through thick and thin, you guys are the reason this is the best fan base in baseball. I give a knowing dude head nod to all of you….

 

Exciting Additions

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 8, 2020

This text came in yesterday from my main man in Reno, Pa Salon.

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In keeping with my new theme of screen shots and pictures, does THAT do anything for ya?

*Giant* Moves

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 7, 2020

I’m going to add an image to see if that makes this news more exciting.

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Did that do anything for ya??

Niners

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 6, 2020

Again, if there’s any Giants baseball news out there that I’m missing please forward it to me.

Till then gotta keep the threads humming so….

Niners seem to have caught a break with the Vikings becoming their surprise divisional round opponent. On the surface it looks great. We’re getting our hurt players back. Cousins sucks (at least that’s what everyone *says*). And we will have a geeked up and rockin’ 501.

Looks good right? But so did January 9th 1988.

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198801090sfo.htm

All I’m saying is, this magic carpet ride to the Super Bowl is anything but. Let’s get there first before we act like we’re already there…..

A Great Beginning to NFL Playoffs

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 5, 2020

Wasn’t it? I mean, I don’t know what happened to Josh Allen. He lost his damn mind. He was taking terrible sacks, throwing wobbly, wildly inaccurate balls. He didn’t run enough on those last couple of drives but when he did run, like, what was up with the lateral to the tight end with 1:06 left on the clock? And when push comes to shove and you need a big play run the 50 yard vertical to the fullback who is double covered….said no one ever.

Still, gotta give Houston credit, and especially Watson, for not giving up and making plays to beat a team who, for some reason, was trying to beat itself in the second half……

And that Patriot game, oh baby, I’m still high off that game. Look, I HATE Tom Brady. I hate the way he talks. I hate the way he looks. I hate how he’s got at least 2 Super Bowls that were gifted to him. I hate that he plays in a division that bends over and hands him the division every year.

He was a great quarterback. He was only arguably the best of all time if you factor in his longevity and even then I’d give you 2 Flaps and 2 thumbs down because…….

Joe Montana was the greatest quarterback of all time. That is just about a damn fact.

Wild Card Weekend!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 4, 2020

With Assdribble Cabrera now snatched off the board by the Nationals the Giants need to take a deep breath and head back to the drawing board……Kidding. There’s nothing going on with the Giants. We could take a deep dive into the Tyson Ross signing or we could get geeked for the football games this weekend. I choose the latter….

Still on Buffalo (+2.5), New Orleans (-8) and Philly (+2). No opinion about the Pats game…..

Super Bowl Talk

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 3, 2020

With baseball still in a deep slumber (at least for SF) let’s take a look at the current SB odds before the excitement of Wild Card weekend kicks off.

 

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Of the LONGEST odds offered I like the Bills the best. They have a good defense and I expect them to get by Houston. Josh Allen is fun to watch. They might not have enough on offense. Still, for $5 I’d throw it at them for fun.

The lower odds look ok except I’d put the Niners at 2-1 ahead of the Chiefs. The AFC is going to have to prove to me they know how to handle L-Jack before I could see one of them getting past Baltimore. KC could do it but I’d still have SF ahead of them to win it all…

As you guys know I don’t like watching movies for at least 10-20 years after they come out. I broke tradition with that approach this holiday season and watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Uncut Gems; both, outstanding.

Question though: what was the significance of all the dirty feet shots in OUATIH? I didn’t get that–the ending of that one, wow, I’m still reeling from how awesome that was….

2020

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 31, 2019

I’d love to get nostalgic and do a *decade ending* thing and celebrate our 3 in 5 and being the BEST team of the decade. But, I’m not really feelin’ it. We’ve celebrated it enough. We’ve basked our balls off.

The only thing to look forward to is tomorrow and the day after that.

Here’s the first blog post at the Flap, not quite 10 years old…..

https://oneflapdown77.com/2010/05/31/welcome-to-the-new-blog-oneflapdown77-com-is-born-today/

Happy New Year Flappers. It’s been a long time…..

Finally Slaying The Seahawks

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 30, 2019

Still riding high off that incredible win last night. I had so prepared myself for agony. Seattle always inflicts the greatest pain at the rawest possible times. Regardless of how we did it a W is a W and in this case it was a HUUUUUGGGGE W.
I am legitimately feelin’ a Niners/KC Super Bowl this year.

Big Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 29, 2019

I know it’s not till tonight but man I am so geeked for this game tonight. Marshawn Lynch is back? Pffttttt of course he is. I am SO TIRED of losing to these fuckers. Can we just go up to Seattle and bitch slap these fucks?

Was at Golden Gate Fields yesterday. Not sure how long that racetrack can stay on that billion dollar land. Check out this incredible view of The City from the damn pisser room:

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Not Yet Bowled Over

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 28, 2019

Still no SF news other than the surprising Dubs thumbing their nose at the #1 pick in next year’s draft. Irritating. But you can’t harness the championship gene. Draymond always said they’re cut from a different cloth.

Trying to get into the Bowl season, no such luck so far. Maybe today gets me going?

 

The Natives Are Restless

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 26, 2019

I don’t usually post articles (I’m more of a *post tweets* kind of guy) but this is good at answering a lot of the questions that get brought up here. I’m no Pavlovic fan, he blocked me on twitter years ago. Still, a good read. I was especially disturbed by his comment that “Belt has a lot of fans in the revamped front office….”

https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/giants/giants-mailbag-does-management-care-about-vocal-fans-displeasure

Personally, I am in a weird place as a Giants fan. The warm glow of the 3in5 supernova has worn off. Basking ended years ago. But I’m also not so starved for championships that I’m wallowing in angst and self pity over the team not being very good. Zaidi probably loves fans like me, I can wait on this…

Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 25, 2019

My favorite part of Christmas is waking up early and having the house to myself, alone, for a couple of hours. I know that sounds weird. But I like to drink my coffee and reflect on the year. This has been a hard year personally and I won’t go details. But as it relates to our teams here in the Bay Area, yes, it was a hard year for them, too.

The Giants were not very good. They gave us one fun month, 5 lame ones. I’m still not over trading Smith and Bum. We are now wandering in the wilderness, one of the best metaphors there is for having a crummy team with very little impending hope.

The Warriors dynasty ended. Just like the Giants they got their 3 in 5. Can’t help but think it could have been 5 in 5 if it wasn’t for LeBron getting Draymond taken off the floor for a game. And last year we just couldn’t overcome the injuries. Around here they’re just calling it “Dynasty Interrupted” and I think that’s a good name for it. Dubs will be back soon.

The Niners? That’s obviously pending. I’m excited about the success of the team this season but they have a long way to go and I could easily see a big let down coming.

Whatever. None of this is a big deal. I hear some stirring right now in the back of the house. She’s 17 now but still gets excited about this morning. That’s good enough for me. Merry Christmas Flappers, wherever you are and whoever you’re with make it a good one. “These are the days” but they’re dwindling so don’t take them for granted…..

Christmas Eve……

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 24, 2019

Searching for content, I went back and looked at some old Christmas Eve posts hoping for something emotional and flowery–no such luck– at least not the first few years and that’s when I stopped looking. There was something amusing at the end of Christmas Eve 2011. I proudly announced that 12/24 post was the 600th at the blog! Woo hoo. I then claimed I’d be retiring at post 1000….

Today is post 3,321…..

Anyway, maybe there are some decent 12/24 posts after 2012 but I quit looking.

And doesn’t that kinda feel like what Z has done? Quit looking?

 

Deep in December

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 23, 2019

Probably time for a new thread although I never got tired of seeing B-Wheezy turning his back to the plate and firing up that weirdo arms crossed pose. What was that all about, anyway?

There is no Giants news. They suck and will continue to suck as long as Z and ownership decide they’re rebuilding.

The Greatest Moment Of The Decade?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 20, 2019

Very weird decade that’s about to end. This is the end of the damn DECADE. And no one seems to care. Best Bay Area sports moment? Best moment of my lifetime? Gotta be this one. And as much as I think Aubrey Huff is the dumbest motherfucker alive, seriously he may be the dumbest motherfucker of all who have yet to live, watching him take his hat off and hoist it with that shaky arm high above the celebration…..man, that shit was the shit. And then he tossed it away like the dumbfuck he is. I hope he never got it back. As dumb as he is he’ll always be one of the greatest Giants to me.

 

Nowhere To Go

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 19, 2019

Giants are in a pretty tough situation in terms of available moves right now. Nobody wants our withered, aged core so unless Z gets extremely creative those guys are going to be laying around and going nowhere. Teams like the Indians can do that with players who are coveted  like Kluber and now Lindor who is getting aggressively dangled.

Conversely, nobody is going to trade for any of our young studs at this time of year. That happens at the trade deadline, not the dead of winter. I suppose Z could pull off another *Cozart* deal but how many of those are realistically on the table?

This is looking more and more like another dumpster dive off season.

Full Speed Ahead To Wesucktown

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 17, 2019

Regarding Loo’s POTD: come on, they aren’t going to be worse than the Tigers. But you aren’t too far off. When we let Pillar go and then Bumgarner, you’re clearly not trying to get better. But I also don’t have a major problem with them not trying to maintain a team that was going to win somewhere in the 70’s, at best. Last July’s fluky run aside, that team stunk. It was really more representative of a team that would win in the high 60’s, low 70’s. So I don’t have  a problem with Z wanting something better than that for us. But there is no magic wand. This is going to take a few years. I do expect him to bite the bullet somehow on these core guys and jettison them somewhere with us paying most of the salary. That will be the best time for us this off season, I fear.

Make no mistake about it, we are wandering through the wilderness years. The only change is that Z is embracing it. His honesty is actually refreshing…..