God Doesn’t Hate Cleveland Any More, Chuck Strom

Much as the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals has been described as a collapse, Game 7 was anything but. It was biting, scratching and kicking warfare for a full 48 minutes. Such games always come down to someone making a big play at the end, and . . . → Read More: God Doesn’t Hate Cleveland Any More, Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto and the Giants are Rolling Right Along, by Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto, whom the San Giants acquired last winter, is the hands-down best free-agent signing thus far in 2016. Yesterday, he won his tenth game and reduced his season ERA to 2.10, which would actually be about half that total if you subtracted the five-run innings he suffered on two occasions in April and . . . → Read More: Johnny Cueto and the Giants are Rolling Right Along, by Chuck Strom

New summit for U.S. soccer, by Claude Iosso

After the United States’ 2-1 Copa America quarterfinal victory over Ecuador Thursday night, the team jogged and sprinted by turns around the pitch. It may have been helpful conditioning, but they looked like they were running for sheer joy, reveling in the cheers from the fans still filling half of CenturyLink Field here in . . . → Read More: New summit for U.S. soccer, by Claude Iosso

The Greatest, RIP, by Chuck Strom

Muhammad Ali and Sam Cooke on another Saturday night in the early 60s

As one would expect, Muhammad Ali’s passing on Friday has generated a flood of tributes and commentary over the weekend, far greater than the usual obituaries that stand at the ready at the Times and elsewhere for such occasions. To this, . . . → Read More: The Greatest, RIP, by Chuck Strom

Blazers-Warriors Game 5: Warriors Close It Out, by Chuck Strom

The Golden State Warriors ended their playoff series last night with a 125-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Though the Blazers won only one of the five games, the widespread consensus is that they gave the Warriors all they could handle. Game 5 was no different than most of the other games, with . . . → Read More: Blazers-Warriors Game 5: Warriors Close It Out, by Chuck Strom

Blazers-Warriors Game 4: He’s Baaaaaack! By Chuck Strom

The news that Stephen Curry would play in last night’s Game 4 between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors seemed a significant but not earth-shaking development, and when I checked the first-half score and saw the Blazers up by ten, I figured the game was over and that Curry would need . . . → Read More: Blazers-Warriors Game 4: He’s Baaaaaack! By Chuck Strom

Blazers Torch the Warriors in Game 3, by Chuck Strom

In Game 3 of the NBA West Semifinals last night between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors, the Blazers did to the Warriors what the Warriors have done to the NBA for two years. Every time the Warriors made a run at the Blazers in the second half, even closing the . . . → Read More: Blazers Torch the Warriors in Game 3, by Chuck Strom

Limerick for Leicester, By Claude Iosso

Has the news of the greatest underdog story in all sports reached you? Leicester City have been perennial doormats in the English Premier League, when they haven’t been relegated to the second or even third tiers. This season most predicted them to finish near last and be relegated again. They were 5,000-to-1 odds to . . . → Read More: Limerick for Leicester, By Claude Iosso

Blazers vs. Warriors, Game 2, by Chuck Strom

For the first three quarters of Game 2 of the NBA Western Semi-Finals, the Portland Trail Blazers did everything they could to defy conventional wisdom. They crashed the boards, made big shots and on defense forced the Golden State Warriors to work for their points, and at the beginning of the fourth quarter the . . . → Read More: Blazers vs. Warriors, Game 2, by Chuck Strom

Game 1 to the Warriors, by Chuck Strom

One should never judge a series by its first game, but with their 118-106 victory, the Dubs took care of business with a 20-point lead in the first quarter, never allowing the score to get close after that. Lillard and McCollum shot a combined 30% from the floor—they and the Blazers may have been . . . → Read More: Game 1 to the Warriors, by Chuck Strom

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors: Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs, by Chuck Strom

When I saw the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Clippers back in November, I wrote at the time that the Blazers looked better than expected, while the Clippers seemed to have more than their share of issues. I would have never predicted, though, that the Blazers would not only make the NBA . . . → Read More: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors: Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs, by Chuck Strom

April Baseball in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

I once heard a fan at AT&T Park say that he liked pitching duels when watching baseball on television, but when he was at the park, he wanted to see runs scored. I understood his perspective; hits and baserunners are a lot more interesting from the upper deck than a continual succession of pitches . . . → Read More: April Baseball in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

Damian Lillard’s 51 Points x Dame D.O.L.L.A.’s ‘They Sleep’

My Oklahoma Sooner Football Bookshelf, by Mark Erickson

I was born and raised in Minnesota, “The Land of 10,000 Lakes.” My parents had a cabin during my formative years that allowed me to seek out frogs, swim, and water ski on the weekends. Both of my parents graduated from the University of Minnesota, and my Dad attended the Golden Gopher football games . . . → Read More: My Oklahoma Sooner Football Bookshelf, by Mark Erickson

2016 Giants Fan Fest: The Future is Now, by Chuck Strom

Fan Fest

One person much on people’s minds at last Saturday’s San Francisco Giants Fan Fest wasn’t even in the house. For the first time since 2008, the Giants are beginning their season without one of the most iconic players in their history: Tim Lincecum. Questions on his status came up in several of . . . → Read More: 2016 Giants Fan Fest: The Future is Now, by Chuck Strom

Scenes From Super Bowl City: the NFL Descends Upon San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

Photo op

When the NFL comes to town for the Super Bowl, it is not just a visit: it is an occupation. In addition to the game itself, the NFL has taken possession of the Moscone Convention Center for the week for its NFL Experience, a theme park and autograph show that one can . . . → Read More: Scenes From Super Bowl City: the NFL Descends Upon San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

Blazers Dominated LeBron: What Was Up With That? by Chuck Strom

This article is an interesting update on the Blazers/Cavs game last December, suggesting that the LeBron and company may have scaled down their level of play on purpose, possibly to persuade ownership to ship Coach Blatt out the door.

http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/1/22/10818480/david-blatt-cleveland-cavalaiers-lebron-james-portland-trail-blazers

No one will likely confess to the deed, but it would not be the . . . → Read More: Blazers Dominated LeBron: What Was Up With That? by Chuck Strom

Damien Lillard – Dame D.O.L.L.A. – Bigger Than Us feat. Paul Rey

Damien Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers is back with another song and video:

Stephen Curry’s First 100 3-Pointers, by Chuck Strom

If anyone hasn’t heard by now about the fantastically good year Stephen Curry has had so far, this video will satisfy all curiosity.

The sequence is very instructive, if only to show how many shots Curry makes in traffic, sometimes while being knocked to the floor. If there was ever a reason . . . → Read More: Stephen Curry’s First 100 3-Pointers, by Chuck Strom

The Best Way to Keep Up With Your Team in Portland, by Michelle Peterman

Sometimes a town is a soccer town. Sometimes a town is a basketball town. Some towns are even hockey towns (though, admittedly, most of those are in Canada). What many people don’t realize is that even if your town doesn’t have a professional team, it is still also very much a football town. In . . . → Read More: The Best Way to Keep Up With Your Team in Portland, by Michelle Peterman