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I do like the ratings posts as well. Even if the numbers don't change much, there's always good stories surrounding the two different radio stations. Plus i think there has been some subtle influence on KNBR because of The Game. I do hear at least a passing mention of some A's and Raiders topics now, at least when Tolbert and whoever his guest host of the day is get into one of there "lets just shoot the shit and talk about whatever pops up in our head" segments
2 months, 2 weeks ago on August sports talk ratings look like July ratings, and June ratings …
Watched most of either game three or four of the Warriors/Nuggets playoff series last year on a flight down to San Diego (Bless you Virgin America). Nothing quite like looking down the plan and seeing at least 2/3 of the TV screens all watching the same thing. That and the guys in the back yelling "circle the plane!" when it seemed like the TV feed would be cut because we were starting our decent (spoiler alert: we finished the game before we landed)
5 months ago on Airport “reporting”: Bumgarner shines, U.S. might become a soccer nation after all
I agree with this wholeheartedly. The narrative about the Kaep deal has gone from "WTFBBQ so much MONEYZ!" to "Kaep is an idiot and got screwed!" so fast that it's not even funny. This is definitely a deal that puts money in Kaep's pockets now and helps to ensure that there is room for other players to sign. The hope is this'll motivate some players to take a little less money to keep the whole team around longer (though i'm not too hopeful of that). I'm 90% sure that other top tier QBs have taken less money and guarantees for the good of their teams and they don't get hung by the media. I'm not saying that Kaep is that caliber of QB yet but at least he thinks like that.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Colin Kaepernick is the new Madison Bumgarner
I think the more colorful analogy for the SVG stand-up (and also in line with the Ron Jeremy anlogy) would be the Warriors getting stood up for someone quite a bit less attractive but willing to put out and do all the crazy freaky stuff.
6 months, 1 week ago on Warriors’ coaching search is off to a rough start, but there are plenty of other fish in the sea
I think this year has a chance to be better. The offense last year was hiding some pretty average pitching and the assumption last year was that the pitching would come around when the offense cooled off but that didn't happen. Losing pagan was big because we lost that table setter at a premium defensive position and engine whereas losing Belt, we are losing a big bat yes but he is a little more replaceable in terms of production (and i say that with gritted teeth because I love me some belt). The pitching is there this time (especially if at least vogey has found vogey from 2011 and 2012). I'm cautiously optimistic for now, still way too early but there's reasons to feel good.
6 months, 1 week ago on Are the Giants really that much better now than a year ago?
I still stand by the idea that the Rockies should have their HRs only count as half when they're at home. That would actually put them at about 30 HRs. Giants Win!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Morse and Pagan both go yard, Giants win 2-1 in Atlanta
It's probably easy for TMZ to hide behind the vague language of it being a "possible" sexual assault. Plus it pushes the envelope, generates buzz, and gets people talking. We all know how much the media loves to talk about Kaep and whatever supposed transgressions he's made.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on TMZ defends initial report, questions Kaepernick’s denial, says Miami PD “backtracked”
Belt has the potential to make the biggest jump and that'll be the kicker I think. Everyone knows about Posey, Pence, Panda, and Morse but Belt is the wildcard. Gotta see if the power translates to AT&T now but its warm day game so the ball could be jumping. OPENING DAY!!!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Giants’ first week power surge
I really only listen to the morning show (bounce back and forth between the last hour there and first hour of Gary and Larry). Morning show crew is still hitting their stride and it devolves too quickly into periods of extended interview-like times where they're asking Aubrey about his playing days. Huff is almost like playing the role of jokester right now with an occasional bit of sports analysis. He also seems a little tentative to jump in and is WAY too deferential to Bucher and Towney which makes it seem like its Bucher and Towney with a little bit of Huff.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on First impressions on The Game’s new hosts – Damon Bruce and Aubrey Huff
I'm going with #2 mostly. A lot of the bad bench play comes from Barnes getting caught on an island by himself. He has the tools to be a decent point-forward but his decision making with the ball is just awful. You see JB over and over talking about how he constantly dribbles into trouble instead of away from it. Barnes could learn to play like Iguodala and that would do wonders for him.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Harrison Barnes’ sophomore slump keeps getting worse
Or Krukow's pal Joe Putnam.
8 months ago on February ratings: baseball can’t start soon enough for KNBR and 95.7 The Game
The fact that we know the agent's name, and his name isn't Scott Boras, means that the agent has already misplayed his hand.
8 months ago on Too many unknowns to crush either side in Sandoval negotiations
Sounds like BP is buying the spin (like most of us are). Fluky bad year for the pitching and a full off-season of rest for key players should lead to much better results. *Sigh* Baseball needs to start like..now
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Baseball Prospectus loves the San Francisco Giants
Besides the outdoor mall part, the current plan works for me. While it may not be the opportune location for housing, the city is in need of more of it. If they limit it to just a small shopping center (with a supermarket and some restaurants) so that the area could be somewhat self-sustaining then it should be ok.
Though i agree there should be some statues or at least a plaque or something that mentions some of the historical events that happened during the Candlestick days.
10 months ago on Okay, so what would YOU put at Candlestick Point?
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Seahawks fan presence at Candlestick didn’t measure up to expectations
I really only listen to the radio stuff on my drives to and from work. To work I can't stand radnich so i listen to the last hour of 95.7 but on the way back i'm all about Mr. T over Bucher and Towney.
For a while i was a convert to 95.7 since they had fewer commercials and i knew when to turn back to them (instead of getting the sports minute or the update and then going to another block of commercials). However, the rigidity started to wear on me. I like when Mr. T and Ray go off on tangents that have nothing to do with sports but are just guy topics. Makes it more real like two guys shooting the sh*t at a bar.
1 year ago on Sports talk listening habits: are they changing or nah?
You missed the most important tidbit to come out of all this "need for back-up center talk." The Warriors got so desperate they tried to convince Scalabrine to come out of retirement.
WHITE MAMBA! (and yes i'm totally kidding but that would've been awesome)
1 year ago on Jermaine O’Neal is day-to-day, Warriors reportedly signing Dewayne Dedmon
Gotta wonder what Westbrook was thinking after he flew by Curry there.
1 year ago on Warriors win sensational game over Thunder on Iguodala buzzer-beater
Susan Slusser would be an interesting person to have on. President of the BBWAA.
1 year ago on Debating Damon: which woman would you choose to go on Bruce’s show?
I remember hearing the comment about the Home Run Tracker during the game. That one definitely made me LOL (and then cry and rewatch Pablo's 3 WS Game 1 HRs)
1 year ago on Inside the LOL: Giants Broadcasters Edition Part I – Jon & Flem (contest post)
I liked pensive Harbaugh actually. They need to do a side by side with pensive and arguing-non-call Harbaugh. That's some Bruce Banner/The Hulk stuff right there.
1 year, 1 month ago on Jim Harbaugh was on fire yesterday, and we have the GIFs to prove it
I agree with Schulman, particularly if the Giants can't QO him again. If he can build off of a good year next year on the QO, then he could be in line for a decent pay day on the other end and the Giants won't have to enter that bidding war since our farm arms could be ready (or close to ready) by then
1 year, 2 months ago on Buster Olney: Tim Lincecum could see his “negotiating leverage crushed” by Giants’ qualifying offer
I would take Harbaugh. I think he would scrap and not go down easy. At the very least, if he channels some of the SB rage then look out for him.
1 year, 3 months ago on Who’s the toughest head coach/manager in the Bay Area? (contest post)
The uniform/taunting/celebration fines are a little too much in my mind. The uniform violations are for pretty bogus things (if i remember correctly, they were like wrong-colored socks) and the taunting/celebration takes some of the energy out of the game if the players can't do it.
1 year, 3 months ago on 49ers defenders’ tough balancing act: making the ‘big hit’ without getting fined
I wonder what the market for Lincecum will be. Esp with the Giants saying they'll QO him.
1 year, 3 months ago on Tim Lincecum’s bounce-back season
Oh and F- all the Belt Bashers!
1 year, 3 months ago on It’s time to vent about the San Francisco Giants (contest post)
I think the most frustrating part of this season is what it could've been. This doesn't have the same disappointment of 2011 (mostly because its easy to just point to Buster Posey getting hurt and/or Beltran doing Beltran things too late as the reason). However this year felt like we could be poised for another good run given the elements we had.
When everything hit the fan at once, there was always those glimmers of hope (hey the NL West sucks, "LOL Dodgers" for a while, we just need insert-player-name to come around) but as the storm went from a week to a month to now close to two months of crap, its hard to see that same WS team even though they're still mostly there....but they're not also. Always feel like its two steps forward, one step back.
TL;DR: Team with all the tools for WS 2013 run turned into ClusterF-k 2013
Go with Pence. OF market probably will be lean and we have some SP coming up through the pipeline.
1 year, 3 months ago on Lincecum or Pence – if you could only bring back one, who would you choose? (contest post)
Let him pitch it out and then buy him out at the end of the year. If anything, it might help us get a better draft pick/put us in the bottom 10 and then we can sign QO free agents w/o having to give up a first rounder.
1 year, 3 months ago on What should the Giants do with Barry Zito? (contest post)
I wouldn't go into major sell mode. I would definitely dangle Lopez and maybe even Pence but to go into fire-sale mode would be crazy. We need to be targeted with the prospects we get back (high level minor league SP, OF's). The West should be winnable for the foreseeable future (even with the Dodgers deciding to print their own Dodger Dollars to pay for players) and if all our pieces round back to even their career averages, we should stand to compete for the next few seasons still.
1 year, 3 months ago on The case for the Giants to sell at the trade deadline
Either Timmy No-Hitter (#5) or 2012 WS (#3). Not sure what tickles me more, the unbridled joy between Romo and Posey as Romo finishes gangnam-styling and then gets smashed by Posey with the hug or the back hug and lift that snaps Timmy into reality that "OMGWTFBBQ!!!" i just thew a no-hitter.
1 year, 4 months ago on What’s your favorite #BusterHug moment? (Contest Post)
Just go there and try to round up some of the yahoo guys for your fantasy football draft.
1 year, 4 months ago on Warriors hosting a ‘Draft Night Media Gathering,’ but will there be anything to report?
@East Bay Sports Guy Yea those are not good numbers. It would just be easier to offset shorter distances with dynamite KO coverage. Then just gotta trust our defense and have Lee do what he does best
1 year, 5 months ago on Phil Dawson: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Any thought on maybe Lee doing kick-offs then? Is he any better?
I say yes quality start for timmy but only just barely. He'll get a lot of K's, particularly with the free-swinging ways of the Braves but he'll be close to 90 pitches by the time the 6th inning starts. Also, I would say he's auditioning for drums in Zito's band. They both have made enough money to do whatever they heck they want.
1 year, 5 months ago on Bumgarner and Posey destroy their ex-favorite team (plus a predict-the-Timmy contest)
@BAUTSESK Finnegan has shown to be immature and unable to figure things out. Apparently he's the only one that believes that players that sign away from their teams don't go on and tell their new teams about their old teams. It was that exact reason why the niners waited to release jacobs last year too, so no potential playoff contender could sign him and use him against them.
1 year, 5 months ago on Cortland Finnegan fires back at former teammate Craig Dahl on Twitter
Yea that is a little weird but not going into full blown hate/vitriol mode. Your roots are where they are so i'm going to let this one slide. If anything, the Giants are always giving prop to the hometown people. Kruk and Kuip definitely are not afraid to talk up an opposing ball player who is from the bay area...which is why I have to listen to Troy Tulowitzki's life story 16 times a year.
1 year, 5 months ago on Well this is awkward — Giants give Pete Carroll a custom World Series jersey
I wonder if 95.7 being the raiders station will help at all. KNBR 680 seems to get a big boost from being branded toward a particular set of teams (49ers, Giants) so would 95.7 get the same kind of boost for rep-ing the East Bay teams?
1 year, 5 months ago on Arbitron ratings released: KNBR continues to dominate
If Wilson is willing to suck up his pride and ego and sign the contract that the Giants offered him before (low base pay with incentives) then I'll take him back. Yes he's a two time TJ surgery guy but there are guys pitching out there, pretty effectively too, after having it twice. Plus it'll be nice to see some of that energy and fire back in the pen, our pen is way too stoic sometimes, good baseball but not as much for entertainment
1 year, 5 months ago on Giants win, Chad Gaudin pukes, Brian Wilson texts Mike Krukow
a) this list looks pretty good right now though i think the list could be revisited right before the All Star Game. Hard to believe that the Giants pitching can stay that down for that long and I want to see how 3B plays out a little more
b) Do both! Marty should be game for that
1 year, 5 months ago on Who would make the Bay Bridge All-Star Team? (contest post)
Giants for sure. A's are getting a good year from Donaldson and Cespedas is doing his thing but they are one bad CoCo Crisp hammy away from going right into the offensive ineptitude the Giants are going through right now. If that happens, can they dig themselves out. Plus the AL West is much tougher than the NL West and the AL overall has a better crop of top teams then than NL. Though the top of the NL is quite something.
1 year, 5 months ago on Giants get the #RallyZito game they needed, avoid 4-game sweep
Solidly Brandon Belt on both quizzes. Gotta love me that awesome awkwardness
1 year, 5 months ago on The Best of Brandons, Part 2: Which Brandon are you?
Caroll doesn't want dig himself too far in, that's why he's keeping quiet. This way, when it all hits the fan, his record will still be pristine enough to jump ship right before the major penalties come down.
1 year, 6 months ago on Drug suspensions: 49ers and Seahawks on opposite ends of the spectrum since Seattle hired Carroll
Belt and Posey both do that a lot i feel like. I think that's what happens when you get comfortable with the strike zone as they both are. The only difference is that Posey has the confidence in his ability to still do Buster Posey batting things even when in the two strike hole. Belt is starting to get there but for now i'll take the solid single up the middle instead of him staring at strike three and getting that dismayed look he gets.Good win for the Giants though, now lets take the series!
1 year, 6 months ago on Giants win a true laugher over the Braves, 10-1
I wonder if they'll just pull in more student workers (from places like JUMA) or have more student orgs from the local colleges pick up the slack as a fundraising opportunity. While I am sympathetic to what the workers are going for, I wonder if they realize how replaceable they are.
1 year, 6 months ago on AT&T Park concession workers may go on strike
@Simon I wonder that too. I try not to put too much stock into any WBC worries though, some pretty compelling evidence that there isn't too much connection between injuries and WBC participation (unless you're Hanley Ramirez LOL)
1 year, 6 months ago on How much should we worry about Ryan Vogelsong?
If you take off Vogey's name and put in "Matt Cain," then you could make a pretty similar argument. Cain found a way to make it click together his last start and I'd say that Vogey can do the same. Vogey was pretty money during the WBC so its all still there. Let's let the SSS chicanery work itself out first before we start going all crazy in a tizzy over Vogey.
I'm going with Sandoval. He's been a consistent force through the first 30 some odd games so far and has had his moment with clutch hits as well.
1 year, 6 months ago on Who’s the Giants MVP so far? (contest post)
While regression will definitely happen, i think the idea of Pagan having a career year is a little overblown. Yes he played a little over his head but we're not talking about a Huff-ian sudden resurgence only to come crashing back. Don't have the stats on hand (and too lazy to look them up at the moment) but from what i recall his lines last year were pretty comparable to where he has been in his career. The biggest issue would be if he can maintain a consistent approach rather than getting these crazy hot and cold streaks like he did last year. Ditto that for Blanco.
1 year, 9 months ago on Grading the Giants’ offseason