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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 Little Nature Photography to Brighten Your Day, by Chuck Strom

The photos of Mt. Shasta were taken in the morning of Friday, November 11 on my way from California to Portland. Those of Multnomah Falls and the Columbia Gorge were taken on Saturday, November 12.

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Multnomah Falls

South view of Mt. Shasta

North view of Mt. Shasta

Mt. Shasta from Weed

Mt. Shasta from I-5

Columbia Gorge

A New Player on the Portland Microbrew Scene, by Chuck Strom

Welcome to the Labrewatory.

A new and imaginative microbrewery, the Labrewatory on NE Russell Street, has arrived on the scene in Portland. The owners, Chris Sears, Patrick Walsh, and Joe Watzig, invite larger brewers in the area to use their four-barrel system to experiment with recipes that would be more expensive to attempt on . . . → Read More: A New Player on the Portland Microbrew Scene, 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

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

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

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

A New Theme Song for Fox News: Fountains of Wayne’s “Traffic and Weather,” by Chuck Strom

In light of the recent stories about Roger Ailes and what appears to be the locker-room culture at Fox News, this would be an appropriate musical theme for their broadcasts: Fountains of Wayne’s, “Traffic and Weather”.

“We belong together, like traffic and weather . . . “

Dear Sugar Was Here In Portland, Speaking Straight Into Our Ears, by Chuck Strom

Cheryl Strayed, Sarah Hepola and Steve Almond

Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir, Wild, became a successful movie with Reese Witherspoon, is a good storyteller whose online talks and Q&As never contain a dull moment. It was during one of my searches for her talks that I learned that she had resurrected her advice column, Dear . . . → Read More: Dear Sugar Was Here In Portland, Speaking Straight Into Our Ears, by Chuck Strom

Just Next Door to Portland – The Willamette Valley Wine Country, by Chuck Strom

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has some of the best wine country on Earth, especially if you’re into the Pinot Noir variety that Rex Pickett made famous with his novels Sideways and Vertical, the latter of which is set in Oregon. For those who live in Portland or are just visiting, most of the wineries are . . . → Read More: Just Next Door to Portland – The Willamette Valley Wine Country, 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

Garrison Keillor To Depart A Prairie Home Companion, by Chuck Strom

Just heard about Garrison Keillor’s recent retirement from A Prairie Home Companion. He actually did so as well back in 1987, but over the next several years he gave in, bit by bit, to his audience’s demands until the show returned in its full reincarnation in 1994. Now that he is 72 years old, . . . → Read More: Garrison Keillor To Depart A Prairie Home Companion, by Chuck Strom

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