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The World of the Warriors Has Turned Upside Down, by Chuck Strom

I thought I had heard everything in sports, but now we have the New York Yankees accusing the Boston Red Sox, with their recent trade for Chris Sale, of being the Golden State Warriors. Who would have ever thought that the original Evil Empire would be looking up at the Dubs?

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/18223011/new-york-yankees-gm-compares-red-sox-warriors

This . . . → Read More: The World of the Warriors Has Turned Upside Down, by Chuck Strom

Ten Sports Books For That Special Someone On Your Christmas List, by Chuck Strom

Sports books don’t come anywhere close to romance novels in their share of the publishing market, but there are still enough of them out there to present a bewildering array of choices for someone looking to purchase a gift for that special someone who likes to consume sports on the page as well as . . . → Read More: Ten Sports Books For That Special Someone On Your Christmas List, by Chuck Strom

A New NBA Season in Portland, and The Blazers Are Wearing Their Track Shoes, by Chuck Strom

At a time when diversions from real life seem more welcome than usual, it is a pleasure to announce the start of the NBA season and the return of the Portland Trail Blazers to the Moda Center. Last Friday, the Blazers took on the Sacramento Kings in a tight, high-scoring contest that went into . . . → Read More: A New NBA Season in Portland, and The Blazers Are Wearing Their Track Shoes, by Chuck Strom

More on Penn State, Sandusky, Paterno and Shameful Legacy, by Mark Erickson

Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University by a fellow student in 1986. Her distraught parents came to believe that Lehigh had not taken sufficient efforts to keep its college campus safe, and lobbied for legislative action. In 1990, Congress passed what is commonly known as “The Clery . . . → Read More: More on Penn State, Sandusky, Paterno and Shameful Legacy, by Mark Erickson

Mea Culpa, Chicago Cubs Pepsi Man, by Tom Fredrickson

Last Friday, I watched a bit of the Cubs victory celebration in Chicago. I’m not really a parade person, but seeing it I wished I was there. City says 5 MILLION turned out. I admit I got a little misty seeing the throngs in my various old haunts: Wrigley, LSD, the Boul Mich, Grant . . . → Read More: Mea Culpa, Chicago Cubs Pepsi Man, by Tom Fredrickson

The Chicago Cubs Are World Series Champions, by Chuck Strom

No, the title is not a misprint. In fact, this post is mostly an excuse to write that line, which has been so long in coming.

One person with extra motivation to be happy today is Aroldis Chapman, who escaped by the narrowest of margins the fate of becoming the latest victim of the . . . → Read More: The Chicago Cubs Are World Series Champions, by Chuck Strom

The Super Bowl Is Cheaper than The World Series, by Chuck Strom

Tickets to the World Series at Wrigley are starting at nearly $2,000 just to get into the park. If you want a place to sit down, start talking at $2,500:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2016/10/23/chicago-cubs-win-sets-stage-for-most-expensive-world-series-tickets-in-baseball-history/#3f872de55eab

For many, the price is worth it. You can hear from some of them here:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Want-to-see-World-Series-at-Wrigley-It-will-cost-10174338.php

If the Cubs win, we . . . → Read More: The Super Bowl Is Cheaper than The World Series, by Chuck Strom

It’s Happened: Next Year is Here, by Chuck Strom

Who would have thought that Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw would show up to Game 6 of the National League Championship Series without his curveball? It didn’t take long for the Chicago Cubs to figure out that he couldn’t throw it for strikes, and they wasted little time in taking advantage, running up . . . → Read More: It’s Happened: Next Year is Here, by Chuck Strom

Is it Possible that Replay Makes for Better Umps in Baseball? by Ron Swanson

For years, Angel Hernández has drawn my score as worst ump in the Majors. I think he may be a rare case where replay has helped the ump.

It used to be, any time that a call that he made was questioned and was very close, any argument at all would result in an . . . → Read More: Is it Possible that Replay Makes for Better Umps in Baseball? by Ron Swanson

The Utmost Pleasure of Robyn Hitchcock, by Holly Homan

On October 5th I had the utmost pleasure of seeing Robyn Hitchcock play at an old converted church, now Fremont Abbey Arts Center. This was a very intimate show, almost like having him play in your living room. He played two sold out nights.

Robyn’s songs combine quirky, humorous lyrics with catchy melodies. This . . . → Read More: The Utmost Pleasure of Robyn Hitchcock, by Holly Homan

A Giant Collapse, And The Cubs Move On, by Chuck Strom

Buster Posey, 1st inning

The ninth inning of last night’s Game 4 of the recently concluded series between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs was as brutal a finish to a game as I’ve ever witnessed. Five Giant relief pitchers combined to cough up four runs and render what had been . . . → Read More: A Giant Collapse, And The Cubs Move On, by Chuck Strom

The October Giants are Back, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner

It’s a good thing I don’t make my living as a prophet.

I expected last night’s Giants/Mets game to go something like this: Madison Bumgarner would give up a run or two early, as he often does when settling into a game, and that would have been the difference as Noah Syndergaard . . . → Read More: The October Giants are Back, by Chuck Strom

The Even Year Magic Is Not Quite Over Yet, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner

The San Francisco Giants, as they did in 2014, managed to slip into the very last available postseason spot and earn themselves a road trip for a do-or-die playoff. With five wins out of their last six games, they are looking better of late than for most of the season since the . . . → Read More: The Even Year Magic Is Not Quite Over Yet, by Chuck Strom

Vin Scully Drops The Mike, by Chuck Strom

Vin Scully, who spent 67 years as the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, announced his last game yesterday at AT&T Park.  I’m not sure what is more astounding about his career:  that he set an unbreakable record for longevity or that he did so with undiminished sharpness at 88 years old.  . . . → Read More: Vin Scully Drops The Mike, by Chuck Strom

Bay Area Sports Notes, by Chuck Strom

noah syndergaard

On Sunday, we got a definitive evaluation of Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers, and the news wasn’t good. Their loss to the Seahawks in Seattle wasn’t nearly as close as the final 37-18 score, since the Niners scored their two touchdowns in what was essentially garbage time in the fourth quarter. The . . . → Read More: Bay Area Sports Notes, by Chuck Strom

Twilight of a Dynasty: The Giants Approach That Good Night, by Chuck Strom

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

–Dylan Thomas

The San Francisco Giants’ even-year championship dynasty is coming to an end. It may seem premature to write their epitaph with two weeks left in . . . → Read More: Twilight of a Dynasty: The Giants Approach That Good Night, by Chuck Strom

Jelly of the Month Club – Cubs Cubs Cubs

One of my sources tells me that Cub mania is heating up in Chi-town, “I’m seeing a lot more Cub attire these days, just like when the Hawks started their great run of success I saw sooooo many new Hawk fans. This town will explode if the Cubs win the WS. The other day . . . → Read More: Jelly of the Month Club – Cubs Cubs Cubs

At Least They Won’t Go 0-16: Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers Begin Their Season With A Win, by Chuck Strom

For those who may have missed it, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams 28-0 last Monday night. This was good news for their new coach, Chip Kelly, but the general media consensus suggests that the score reflected the putridness of the Rams more than a Niners resurgence. This article on . . . → Read More: At Least They Won’t Go 0-16: Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers Begin Their Season With A Win, by Chuck Strom

Gaylord Perry Takes His Place in the AT&T Pantheon, and other Giants Notes, by Chuck Strom

Gaylord Perry Statue

Last Sunday, I paid a visit to the new statue at AT&T Park: Gaylord Perry, who spent the first decade of his career in a San Francisco uniform alongside Juan Marichal as a mainstay of the Giants pitching staff during the 1960s. Perry’s most famous pitch was a spitball, which he . . . → Read More: Gaylord Perry Takes His Place in the AT&T Pantheon, and other Giants Notes, by Chuck Strom

Your Newest Member of the Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant, by Chuck Strom

This news may only be important to the truly NBA-obsessive, but for those who haven’t heard, Kevin Durant has left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors. From Durant’s standpoint, the reasons are obvious. He believes that he has gone as far as he could with the Thunder and sees the . . . → Read More: Your Newest Member of the Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant, by Chuck Strom