The Mystery of the Mediocre Cubs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans were finally granted a reprieve in 2016. The Cubs’ World Series victory — considered by many baseball watchers as one of the greatest World Series ever played — was the sweetest gift that the beautiful but troubled City of Big Shoulders could have received last year. As a life-long Cubs . . . → Read More: The Mystery of the Mediocre Cubs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Warriors Win—What’s Next For the NBA? by Chuck Strom

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals four games to one, but the series felt a lot closer than that. If the Cavs had managed to close out their late lead in Game 3 on their home court, they would likely have played a Game 6 there as . . . → Read More: Warriors Win—What’s Next For the NBA? by Chuck Strom

Stick A Fork In The Cavs, by Chuck Strom

Time to go out on a limb and predict that the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t win four in a row against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals. They may win on Friday just to keep the Warriors from partying in their gym, but for all intents and purposes, they are done. For . . . → Read More: Stick A Fork In The Cavs, by Chuck Strom

LeBron Vs. Steph, Round 2, by Chuck Strom

During Game 2 of the NBA Finals, I was shocked, though maybe I shouldn’t have been, to see Stephen Curry score in the low post against LeBron:

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-finals-highlights-steph-curry-dribbles-through-lebron-for-insane-layup-in-game-2/

The reason I was surprised was my memory of last year, when LeBron blocked Curry on a similar play and stared him down afterward:

Not . . . → Read More: LeBron Vs. Steph, Round 2, by Chuck Strom

News From the NBA’s Evil Empire, by Chuck Strom

For those who haven’t been watching the 2017 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers two games to none in the best-of-seven series, and neither of the final scores of Games 1 and 2 were close. Detailed analyses on the proceedings can be found on the Ringer:

https://theringer.com/2017-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-golden-state-warriors-game-1-takeaways-33f69f2b4f63

https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-finals-game-2-warriors-cavaliers-takeaways-7f860d8d146c

What we . . . → Read More: News From the NBA’s Evil Empire, by Chuck Strom

Remembering Frank Deford, by Chuck Strom

Frank Deford, Pete Rozelle

Frank Deford, who passed away last week on Memorial Day, is familiar to most as the charming curmudgeon who commented on sports for NPR’s Morning Edition since 1980. A worthy career in itself, it was nothing compared to his work as a profile artist for Sports Illustrated, where he . . . → Read More: Remembering Frank Deford, by Chuck Strom

The 2016 World Series Started in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

On the occasion of the San Francisco Giants’ annual visit to Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the following regarding their victory in San Francisco last year in the National League Division Series:

“I’m telling you, man, Game 4 pretty much won the World Series. I did not want to see Mr. . . . → Read More: The 2016 World Series Started in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

A Valuable Discovery – The Spot For Autographs, by Chuck Strom

On my visit to AT&T Park last month, I was watching the Giants take batting practice when I noticed something important: players would come to the end of the dugout to sign autographs. Armed with this knowledge, I arrived early enough to be one of the first people in the gates when they opened . . . → Read More: A Valuable Discovery – The Spot For Autographs, by Chuck Strom

Two Games For the Price of One: The San Francisco Giants Play 17 Innings On Orange Friday, by Chuck Strom

Johnny Cueto

Last Friday, the San Francisco Giants played the Cincinnati Reds in a game that went 17 innings and ended after midnight, when Buster Posey hit a home run and allowed everyone remaining to go home and get some much needed sleep. I stayed for 14 of those innings, leaving only because I . . . → Read More: Two Games For the Price of One: The San Francisco Giants Play 17 Innings On Orange Friday, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner in Dirt Bike Accident, by Chuck Strom

Just heard that Giant pitcher Madison Bumgarner just banged up his ribs and pitching shoulder on a dirt bike. Out six to eight weeks. A “What were you thinking?” moment if there ever was one. Reminiscent of former Giant second baseman Jeff Kent’s injury from popping wheelies during spring training in 2002. The Giants . . . → Read More: Madison Bumgarner in Dirt Bike Accident, by Chuck Strom

April Baseball: Life In The Club Section, and Matt Cain Lives For Another Day, by Chuck Strom

For those who like to attend professional sports, the world has become increasingly segregated, with stadiums featuring luxury boxes and exclusive club sections with comforts and amenities above what is normally available to the average fan. Fortunately, at least at AT&T Park in San Francisco, it is possible occasionally to crash the party . . . → Read More: April Baseball: Life In The Club Section, and Matt Cain Lives For Another Day, by Chuck Strom

Basketball’s New NCAA Champions, Fresh From The Gridiron, by Chuck Strom

Given that last night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship was played in a cavernous NFL stadium, it seems appropriate that it eventually resembled a football game, with lots of hard contact as North Carolina and Gonzaga struggled to deny each other anything close to an open shot. One has to wonder how much Portland native . . . → Read More: Basketball’s New NCAA Champions, Fresh From The Gridiron, by Chuck Strom

A Point And Two Rebounds Short, by Chuck Strom

For most of the second half of the North Carolina/Oregon NCAA Men’s Semifinal on Saturday, the Ducks were ice cold from the field and beaten regularly on their own glass, yet they managed to cling to life by drawing fouls and going 25 for 28 from the line. As often happens in such games, . . . → Read More: A Point And Two Rebounds Short, by Chuck Strom

The Final Chapter, by Mark Erickson

Remains of Penn State’s Joe Paterno statue post-scandal.

On March 13, 2017, two former administrators from Pedophilia State University pled guilty to child endangerment after years of maintaining their innocence. Tim Curley, the former athletic director, and Gary Schultz, a former vice president, apparently thought the plea deal and their testimony at the upcoming . . . → Read More: The Final Chapter, by Mark Erickson

Dubioza Kolektiv – Nurk Fever

Seven foot tall Bosnian basketball star Jusuf Nurkic came to the Trailblazers in a trade at the NBA All Star Break. Since then he has energized the Zers and led them to a considerable number of victories. Friday, a Bosnian band called Dubioza Kolektiv released a surprisingly good tribute song called “Nurk Fever,” which . . . → Read More: Dubioza Kolektiv – Nurk Fever

NCAA Bracket Update, Round of 16, by Chuck Strom

The two biggest takeaways from yesterday’s Round of 16 action was Oregon’s advancement in a nail-biter over Michigan and Arizona’s demise to #11 Xavier in a similarly close contest. Kansas still looks like the most dominant team in the tournament, which bodes ill for Oregon, its Elite Eight opponent. My bracket is still . . . → Read More: NCAA Bracket Update, Round of 16, by Chuck Strom

The San Francisco Giants Pay Off Their Mortgage, by Chuck Strom

Found this item today buried in a Ringer article about the Oakland Raiders and their pending move to Las Vegas: the San Francisco Giants just sent their last mortgage check for AT&T Park without even issuing a new release to mark the occasion:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Giants-pay-off-AT-T-Park-prepare-for-another-10952512.php

The windfall isn’t expected to impact the Giants greatly. The . . . → Read More: The San Francisco Giants Pay Off Their Mortgage, by Chuck Strom

A Noble NBA Experiment Gone Awry, by Chuck Strom

One of the noticeable characteristics of the NBA nowadays is the constant din of music, promotions, giveaways, and dance routines during a game. Hardly a moment, even during time-outs, is allowed to go empty, possibly out of the fear that if fans’ attention is allowed to lapse for even a second, they will lose . . . → Read More: A Noble NBA Experiment Gone Awry, by Chuck Strom

NCAA Bracket Update, Sweet Sixteen, by Chuck Strom

The initial weekend of the NCAA Tournament laid further waste to my bracket. As of the Sweet Sixteen, only ten of the spots are occupied by winners I picked. The East Regional was the worst, where I picked only one of the four winners. I’m sure I have a lot of company here, though, . . . → Read More: NCAA Bracket Update, Sweet Sixteen, by Chuck Strom

NCAA Bracket Update, Day 1 by Chuck Strom

My perfect bracket is already history with Day 1 not even half over—#12 Princeton lost to #5 Notre Dame, though the tightness of the game suggests the reasonableness of the pick. Oh, well. Maybe there’s a consolation prize out there for me.

Also saw that my alma mater, UC Davis, won their play-in game . . . → Read More: NCAA Bracket Update, Day 1 by Chuck Strom