Going to an NFL game is supposed to be exhilarating.Â The tailgate party, the steamy scrumptious hot dogsâ¦ cheering your team on in the crisp cold air.Â What the heck has happened?Â There have been loud, boisterous fans at football games for a hundred yearsâ¦ but things have changed.Does a family actually feel safe when some burly dudes in the next row are screaming obscenities at each other the entire game?Â I used to laugh when I saw scenes of soccer violence in Europeâ¦ with some fans actually sequestered behind cages.Â Itâs not so funny now.Â I donât know what the answer isâ¦ but the best view of the game might be from my couch.
So baseball pundits are all atwitter about Alex Rodriquez. He may have taken part in some pricey poker games with the likes of Tobey Maguireâ¦. and this could lead to a suspension. Â I know Alex is an easy target.Â Heâs rich, heâs got all the babesâ¦ and heâs a punk.Â From what Iâve heard, he wasnât dealing drugs, torturing animals, or molesting underage girls.Â He played some poker.Â And if youâre sitting with a cash player like Tobey Maguire, youâre running with a high stakes crowd.Â Do you know what they call guys like Alex Rodriquez?Â A fish.Â And the big fish with lots of cash are calledâWhales.âIt reminds me of the Alec Baldwin scene.. âTheyâre waiting to give you their money.Â Are you gonna take it?Â Are you man enough to take it?â
Former 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana has won exclusive negotiating rights to build a hotel and entertainment complex, which would be next to the proposed 49ers stadium. Watch the video here.
Itâs been part of our viewing pleasure, practically since baseball was first televised.Â Itâs the centerfield camera shot.Â You knowâ¦ where we get to see the pitcher, the batter, the ump and the strike zone.Â At least once a game, Iâll be thinkingâ¦. âYouâve gotta be kidding meâ¦ Canât you hit that?âÂ or.. âCanât you throw a strike?âÂ Well, from the pitcherâs perspective, it looks like you ought to be able to get it over the plate.Â From theÂ hitter's perspective, it looks like you should at least make contact. Â Neither are true.Â I believe if most people stood on the pitcherâs mound, that strike zone would appear to be about the size of a first class stamp.Â Yeah, there are plenty of places the ball will goâ¦. that are not in the strike zone.Â And Iâm very sure that if you stood in the batterâs box, connecting with a 96 mph cutter would be the least of your problemsâ¦. âcuz I doubt you would even see the ball.Â Well, I guess thatâs why they call it The Big Leaguesâ¦
Jerry West being added to the Golden State Warriors could be the key to moving them to a playoff contender. Although it's being billed as "Executive board member" his role has been described as functioning in a "wide-ranging capacity."
Here's the press release below.
The Golden State Warriors have added Jerry West as one of the club’s Executive Board members, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
West, who will be introduced to the Bay Area media on Tuesday, joins Joe Lacob, Peter Guber, Vivek Ranadivé, Erika Glazer, Fred Harman, Bob Piccinini and Bruce Karsh on the club’s Executive Board.
West, 72, will assist the Warriors’ ownership group and represent the organization in a wide variety of team-related functions in his role with the club.
The position will encompass various areas and responsibilities, ranging from basketball operations to business, sponsorship and marketing endeavors.
He will report directly to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and will travel to the Bay Area frequently while maintaining his Los Angeles-based residence.
“We are elated to add Jerry West and his incredible list of credentials to our Executive Board,” said Warriors Owner Joe Lacob. “His accomplishments in this business as both a player and executive are almost beyond comprehension and certainly well-documented. He’s simply a winner and, quite honestly, you can never have too many of those in your organization. After spending time with him in recent weeks, including a terrific meeting two weeks ago that included Peter Guber, Larry Riley, Bob Myers and our entire Basketball Operations staff, it’s quite evident that he still has an unrelenting passion for the game and the business. His vast experiences, knowledge, credibility and intuition will benefit our organization on many different levels. We’re fortunate that we will have the ability to tap into his expertise on a wide-array of subjects on both the basketball and business side of the operation and I would expect that he will be a valuable representative on many fronts.”
“I’m really pleased that we were able to add someone the caliber of Jerry West to our organization,” said Warriors’ Co-Owner Peter Guber. “He has earned great respect in all circles, including the entire entertainment field, and his business savvy will serve us well and prove invaluable. Overall, his career has been nothing short of remarkable and his name alone has become synonymous with winning and success. I could sense his love for the game and tremendous passion during our meetings in recent weeks and I think his attitude will be infectious. He will be a tremendous resource for us in this particular role and it is also a position that suits Jerry very well at this stage of his life.”
“I’m excited about this opportunity and, quite frankly, humbled that the new ownership group with the Warriors inquired about my interest in joining the organization in this capacity,” said West. “I’ve had the good fortune to work for two wonderful owners, Dr. Jerry Buss and Michael Heisley, as an executive and I know that you must have a commitment at the top to succeed. I sense that is certainly the case with the Warriors or I would not have made this decision. This role is appealing at this particular time because it will provide me an opportunity to remain close to the game and contribute to an organization in a meaningful, all-encompassing manner. It had to be the right situation with the right group of people and this opportunity certainly meets those criteria. I’ve been extremely impressed with Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and the members of the Basketball Operations staff during our conversations and I’m looking forward to working with them and other members of the Warriors’ organization as we move forward.”
A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, West was a 14-time NBA All-Star during his illustrious 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is one of only seven players in NBA history to play at least 14 seasons in the league and be selected as a member of the All-Star team every year. Additionally, he ranks 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (25,192 points) and guided the Lakers to nine (9) trips to the NBA Finals and one NBA Championship (1972) as a player. Overall, he averaged 27.0 points, 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds during his 14-year NBA career.
Following his playing career, West spent a successful three-year period as the head coach of the Lakers (1976-79, .589 winning percentage) and a brief three-year tenure as a consultant (1979-82, two NBA titles) with the team before transitioning full-time into the front office, where he spent a total of 18 years with the Lakers as General Manager/Executive VP of Basketball Operations. During his tenure at the helm of Basketball Operations in Los Angeles, the Lakers captured four (4) NBA Championships (1985, 1987, 1988, 2000) and appeared in the playoffs in 17 of 18 seasons. West’s most recent foray with an NBA team occurred in Memphis from 2002-2007, when he led the Grizzlies, who had previously never made the playoffs, to three consecutive post-season appearances (2004, 2005, 2006) as the team’s President of Basketball Operations.
No one repeats as World Series Championsâ¦ at least thatâs the prevailing wisdom.Â But I wouldnât bet against these guys, as they finally begin to defend their title tonight in La-La Land against the hated Dodgers.Â Most of the Misfits return, and a young pup named Brandon Belt surprisedÂ everyone by making the opening day roster.Â If they struggle early, not to worry.Â âCuz theyâve come back.Â Seemed like Tim Lincecum was 0 for August last seasonâ¦. and Panda hit into two double plays before breakfast.Â Oh, and Buster Posey, Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, Javier Lopez and Madison Bumgarner werenât even on the team on Opening Day last year.Â Somehow, it all worked out, didnât it?Â Â If you donât have Band of Misfitsby Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly, get it.
That the Barry Bonds trial is actually taking place in downtown San Francisco is somewhat comical to me. Â I mean, if itâs in Beverly Hills, this is a different story.Â Philadelphia?Â Thatâs automatic prison.Â But here in the City by the Bay?Â Apparently prosecutors think these jurors couldnât care less that the guy in the hot seat has worn the uniform of the World Champions of Baseballâ¦Â Hilarious.Â Do you mean to tell me youâve found 12 people who say they havenât heard of BALCOâ¦or Bonds?Â Of course, according to that Newsweek storyâ¦ a third of Americans donât know who the Vice President is.Â Yeah, thatâs who I want on my jury.Â Then thereâs Greg Anderson, whoâs done a lot of jail time for refusing to testify.Â Whatâs the upside for him?Â Good lordâ¦ there are guys in the Mafia who couldnât keep quiet this longâ¦
Tom Nakashima does River City Rant on AM 1320 every Wednesday and Friday. In his latest edition, he discusses why the idea of charging people in the parking lot at the Super Bowl is dumb.
Everybody is ready to go at 49ers camp except their franchise player,Â nose tackleÂ Aubrayo Franklin. He officially is a holdout after snubbing his nose at a one-year $7 million deal.
Mike Singletary doesn't seem to concerned.
"In terms of being in shape, the one thing that (Franklin) has done is he has really done a tremendous job in the offseason," Singletary said.
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