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

It’s March – Time for NCAA Bracketology! by Chuck Strom

Monday Night: 3/13/17 – Most of the interest in NCAA basketball, I suspect, comes from the gambling opportunity offered by the March Madness Tournament. It also doubles as a free lottery ticket if you take one of the many free online bracket challenges, in this case Yahoo Sports. Only a few days remain before . . . → Read More: It’s March – Time for NCAA Bracketology! by Chuck Strom

The Washington Wizards Are On The Rise. The Sacramento Kings? Not So Much, by Chuck Strom

Last Friday evening, my wife held a ladies’ bunco party at my house. Needing to make myself scarce, I paid a return visit to the Kings in Sacramento to see them play the Washington Wizards, who have been a rising team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference as recently described in The Ringer:

https://theringer.com/nba-washington-wizards-scott-brooks-john-wall-bradley-beal-33e6a60ed931#.4j9ntquc1

The . . . → Read More: The Washington Wizards Are On The Rise. The Sacramento Kings? Not So Much, by Chuck Strom

Sacramento’s New NBA Arena Raises the Bar For The Rest, by Chuck Strom

Last Sunday I visited the new arena for the Sacramento Kings, the Golden One Center, and what I found made every other NBA venue look like a D League gym. On the outside, the building resembled with its aluminum skin an alien spaceship that happened to land downtown—the roof has enough solar panels . . . → Read More: Sacramento’s New NBA Arena Raises the Bar For The Rest, by Chuck Strom

GOAT Notes On The Recent Super Bowl, by Chuck Strom

In the wake of the New England Patriots’ recent come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, many commentators have seen the game correctly as a final exclamation point for the legacies of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and the current New England Patriots sports dynasty: seven championships, two additional Super . . . → Read More: GOAT Notes On The Recent Super Bowl, by Chuck Strom

Chip Kelly Out With 49ers—Hope He Rented Rather Than Bought, by Chuck Strom

This may seem naïve, but I was actually a little surprised to hear that Chip Kelly was fired as coach of the San Francisco 49ers after their 2-14 season. No one realistically could have expected Kelly to win with the worst roster in the league, and hopefully he will get some benefit of . . . → Read More: Chip Kelly Out With 49ers—Hope He Rented Rather Than Bought, by Chuck Strom

For Sounders, sometimes you gotta lose to win, by Claude Iosso

TORONTO – Seattle Sounders FC have been one of Major League Soccer’s best regular-season teams ever since the club joined MLS in 2009, but that excellence never yielded a championship. Ironically, the Sounders finally landed their first MLS Cup tonight after their worst season.

Multiple times over the years the Rave Green have dominated . . . → Read More: For Sounders, sometimes you gotta lose to win, by Claude Iosso