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

It’s November – Time Again for Rip City, by Chuck Strom

The Blazers celebrate a hard-earned victory.

In our NFL-focused society, it can be easy to forget that the NBA season actually starts in November. For those who haven’t paid attention, there already have been some interesting developments, including a fired coach (Kevin McHale of the Houston Rockets) and a Golden State Warriors team that . . . → Read More: It’s November – Time Again for Rip City, by Chuck Strom

Requiem for Rhonda Rousey? by Davin Michael Steadman

I’m not claiming to be a fan of the UFC, but this fight was amazing. The conditioning, quickness, and strategy I witnessed during Rousey vs. Holm was breathtaking. This is violence. This is brain damage. This is capitalism. You could see Rhonda Rousey’s market value and aura of invincibility hit the canvas harder than . . . → Read More: Requiem for Rhonda Rousey? by Davin Michael Steadman

Grantland, RIP, by Chuck Strom

Doomed website Grantland.com was named for late sportswriter Grantland Rice who used elegant prose to elevate athletes to the level of demigods.

When ESPN shut down Grantland on October 30, I was surprised at its abruptness, but not that it happened; after Bill Simmons’s acrimonious departure from ESPN, it was realistically only a matter . . . → Read More: Grantland, RIP, by Chuck Strom

With No Salary Cap, Major League Baseball Salaries Continue to Rise, by Mark Erickson

Daniel Murphy’s success against the Cubs was not repeated in the World Series.

Wrigleyville and Wrigley Field were deathly quiet when I arrived at Game Four with the Mets leading 4-0, no surprise. Then the Mets’ hero of the Divisional Series, Daniel Murphy, turned to a goat in the World Series (pun intended). Now . . . → Read More: With No Salary Cap, Major League Baseball Salaries Continue to Rise, by Mark Erickson

KC Royals Win 2015 World Series, by Chuck Strom

Matt Harvey

During last night’s World Series Game 5 broadcast, there was some criticism of Mets manager Terry Collins’s decision to leave Matt Harvey in the game to pitch not only to the first batter of the ninth inning but the next one as well. Second guessing is part of the fun of baseball, . . . → Read More: KC Royals Win 2015 World Series, by Chuck Strom

In Praise of Non-Ripped Baseball Players, by Chuck Strom

One of the charms of major league baseball is that on rare occasions, people can not only play but thrive in the league despite a non-athletic body if they have the right skills. We were reminded of this when Bartolo Colon came in to pitch for the Mets last night in the 12th inning . . . → Read More: In Praise of Non-Ripped Baseball Players, by Chuck Strom

1979 World Series Game 7 Memories, by Mark Erickson

Back in the day I used to emulate Willie Stargell’s pre-pitch warmup during kid pick-up games in the empty lot behind my house. The Pittsburgh Pirates were my favorite NL team during the Dave “Cobra” Parker, Kent Tekulve, Rennie Stennett, Manny Sanguillen, et. al. era. I rooted for the Pirates in the 2015 NL . . . → Read More: 1979 World Series Game 7 Memories, by Mark Erickson

Old Nails Is At It Again, by Chuck Strom

Today former Mets and Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra claims to have blackmailed umpires during his career for favorable calls on balls and strikes at the plate. Seems rather outrageous, but anyone interested in Dykstra’s playing career should pick up Keith Hernandez’s Pure Baseball, which featured Dykstra prominently in his pitch-by-pitch analysis of two . . . → Read More: Old Nails Is At It Again, by Chuck Strom

Bill Murray at Wrigley – He’s Still Got It, by Chuck Strom

Nice interview with Bill Murray on ESPN at Wrigley. Still funny as ever.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=13934932

No need to give up on the Cubs yet. Lots of parallels to the 2004 Red Sox:

1. Theo Epstein

2. Down 3-0 at home against a New York team

3. A prospective World Series opponent from Missouri

Everything is . . . → Read More: Bill Murray at Wrigley – He’s Still Got It, by Chuck Strom

Some Notes on the Cubs, by Chuck Strom

After the Chicago Cubs dispatched the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, a friend of mine commented that we were now in an alternative universe. I had to correct him; the Cubs would need to reach the World Series for that to apply. As of now, there is still the possibility that the Cubs . . . → Read More: Some Notes on the Cubs, by Chuck Strom

Great Cubs Post on Grantland, by Chuck Strom

Great piece from Charles Pierce on the Cubs win last night.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/beatdown-the-cubs-keelhaul-the-bucs-in-pittsburgh/

Pierce appears to have made a regular assignment of covering Wild Card playoff games in Pittsburgh. This is the one he wrote last year when the Giants paid their visit.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/baseball-playoffs-mlb-roger-goodells/

Even as they suffered their second year of one-and-done disappointment, . . . → Read More: Great Cubs Post on Grantland, by Chuck Strom

New Charles Pierce Article: Why Peyton Manning Should Retire, by Chuck Strom

New article in Grantland by Charles Pierce:

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/peytons-place-why-the-broncos-quarterback-should-retire/

Very thoughtful on the current state of Peyton Manning’s career and the physical toll it has taken on him. The NFL season has just begun, and conversation already seems to be more about casualties than the games. It makes me wonder if football may decline, . . . → Read More: New Charles Pierce Article: Why Peyton Manning Should Retire, by Chuck Strom

A Farewell to Timmy? by Chuck Strom

This recent post in Grantland is a nice take on the news that Tim Lincecum may have thrown his last pitch for the San Francisco Giants due to his recent injuries.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-mlb-tim-lincecum-san-francisco-giants-career/

Lincecum 2012 NLDS

I would add that somehow the Giants should find a way to get him out onto the field at . . . → Read More: A Farewell to Timmy? by Chuck Strom

View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

My brother, who works in San Francisco, got an invitation to see the Giants play the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night from a luxury skybox. The accommodations were nice: no standing in line for bathrooms or concessions here. The play on the field, at least for Giants fans, was not. Pitcher Matt Cain didn’t have . . . → Read More: View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

Frank Gifford, RIP, by Chuck Strom

This post was a nice surprise. Not just that someone would have had the presence of mind to mention Freddy Exley, but that apparently Gifford and Exley came to know each other after A Fan’s Notes, and that Gifford even hosted a party for Exley when his last book came out.

http://news.yahoo.com/frank-gifford-death-fred-exley-a-fans-notes-220404916.html

One . . . → Read More: Frank Gifford, RIP, by Chuck Strom