Giants-A’s on a beautiful day. Who’s playing hooky ? Seriously, who wants to work in the SOMA today ? Even for a meaningless game.
Double-seriously, can we get this season started already ?
The Giants will start the season with Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, and it makes sense. Why take chances with one of your most valuable commodities ? Although he is throwing again, an oblique injury must be handled with care.
It’s a long season. Losing Wilson for a few games hopefully won’t hurt that much, and the Giants have the arms to make up for his absence, at least for a week or so.
Remember all that caterwauling about Barry Zito at the start of spring training ? Either it was all overblown, or the well-placed article detailing the Giants disgust ( after one poor outing in early March ) with Zito was enough to motivate him.
I’ll anticipate your question: a guy getting paid $126 million needs motivation ? Maybe so, especially if you’re the almost-languid Zito. Pretty sad, but whatever it takes.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. There is no freakin’ way the Giants cut Zito loose anytime soon. Aaron Rowand ? That’s another story.
More and more, it looks like Brandon Belt will make the squad. He delivered a crisp opposite-field single off lefty Craig Breslow of the A’s last night, a preview of the next decade or so.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Rowand. With Cody Ross also on the DL, the Giants won’t unload Rowand yet, but it’s possible the Giants could eat his remaining salary at some point in the season.
That’s got to hurt going down. It will be somewhere between $12 million and $24 million.
Rowand wants to win but he also wants to play somewhere, and at this point in his career ( with two rings ) I don’t blame him. What’s the point of being a veteran big-leaguer if you’re going to ride the bench? If someone is willing to pay you 60-million, you rightfully figure you’re good enough to play for somebody.
He kept his mouth shut last year and made some contributions in the postseason. He deserves some credit for that.
It was a bad contract but if Rowand was a bad guy, it could have been much worse. Don’t boo him — he signed a contract every one of you would have signed. And don’t say you’re booing management by doing so — it doesn’t sound that way to Rowand.
Sorry, Sacramento. A quarter-century of Kings basketball is about to end, with Anaheim ready to cover relocation fees and upgrades on the Honda Center.
The last-second politicking did no good. Nor did the “Here We Stay” campaign. It was all too late.
Sac couldn’t get an arena deal together in time. It’s not all the city’s fault, but there just wasn’t enough financial werewithal or political will. Power Balance Paviliaon ( formerly Arco Arena ) is one of the worst arenas in the NBA, and the Maloofs are within their rights to seek options.
And let’s face it: while the notion of keeping a basketball team in town is nice, unemployment in the Sacramento area is hovering around 12 percent. There are bigger fish to fry.
There’s no way the city could finance what the Maloofs wanted or needed. There simply wasn’t the private financial support to make it happen, either.
The city is saddled with a deficit, so the most important thing now is to assure the Kings pay off their 77-million-dollar loan. Unfortunately, this may end up in court, or end up with the city taking ownership of a facility whose value is the subject of debate. This probably won’t end well.
The Kings ( Royals ) will soon be Anaheim’s problem. Amid the growing debate over the value of a pro sports franchise to an area’s economy, OC will be an interesting study.
During the course of any NBA game you will see these things:
A referee calling a foul before anything happens, or at best, a whistle that blows a millisecond after any contact.
A player will jump into a defender and draw a foul, even 30 feet away from the basket.
A star player will almost ALWAYS get a call, especially at home.
If you’re an NBA bottom-feeder, good luck getting a call anywhere. The league doesn’t give a s*** about you.
It’s been that way for a long time, but that doesn’t make it right. Well beyond the Donaghy gambling debacle, there is a natural injustice into the way games are officiating.
I keep hearing how great NBA referees are, and in comparison to some college officials I see, I suppose the overall quality is better. There are a handful of truly great NBA officials.
By and large, however, games are legislated with mind-numbing predictability. You can say these guys ( and girls ) are human — subconsciously intimidated by a home crowd and a little star-struck, too — but the litany of missed calls or incorrect calls is egregious.
There. Got it off my chest. David Stern will react with his customary smug indifference.
Welcome to Tool-vania. Lebron James, king.
Knowing he would get booed upon his second visit to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Lebron was a no-show for the player introductions. He said he was “in the bathroom.”
No doubt admiring himself, in front of a mirror.
I’m on my way to Houston, where I’m sure the officiating will be stellar (cough ) for the Final Four. I’m on a Shaka-mecca. Meeting Shaka Smart is Job One.
Job Two will be to avail myself of the many Houston strip-clubs, because “big, strong athletes” are known to frequent them, possibly collegiate athletes. I need to make sure they’re on the up-and-up. If it’s good enough for ousted Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker, it’s good enough for me.
You know what else Junker did ? According to a scathing investigative report, he held a lavish 50th birthday party at Pebble Beach and charged it to the Fiesta Bowl. The bill: 33-thousand dollars.
He also had paid membership to four elite private golf clubs — ON TOP of his 600-thousand dollar annual salary.
It’s another brick removed from the Berlin Wall of big-time college football. The Cotton Bowl wants to move in and take the Fiesta Bowl’s place in the BCS rotation, but the bigger question is why we continue to accept business as usual.
Why do we need to pay somebody to administer a bowl game, invariably a bad financial deal for schools but a feather in the cap for coaches and athletic directors ?
Playoffs, playoffs, playoffs. Good for fans, good for players, good for their schools. Bad for guys in blue blazers who want to charge somebody else for having Brandi gyrate on their laps.
Nothing reeks of big-time college sports like the Final Four, but there is at the very least an egalitarian aspect to the tournament. Teams have to get here via an actual playoff system, and the in the case of schools like Butler and VCU, there are many true student-athletes who stay all four years — and this really is their “Shining Moment.”
We’ll be tweeting on the trip, and doing some live shots ( no drinks or needles ) on KNBR.
I just saw another public service announcement warning against texting and driving. A teenage boy almost hits a little girl while texting behind the wheel … then texts to someone that he almost hit a little girl. Then he’s hit by another car.
I continue to be amazed that we even need such warnings. When I was a teen I was given to outbursts of stupidity, but can this generation really be that dumb ?
Then again, their parents are bad role models: I continue to see people driving around, defying the law against driving while holding a cell phone. Everyone for themselves.