Ray Ratto and I each pick our Big and Little sports figure of the week for our “But Seriously” show on Thursdays, and these are mine… —-BIG/ (Getty Images/Tom Szczerbowski) I didn’t have any problem with Jose Bautista’s epic bat-flip/fling/orbital-launching last night in the climactic moments of that incredible seventh inning during Game 5 in Toronto last night. The best part of sports is waiting for a huge moment… watching a game build and build… and maybe it won’t happen… will it happen… then when that moment happens, any natural reaction is just part of the whole event. These things are what we want in sports, and Bautista’s home run and fling was a natural emotional capstone, the same way that Giants celebration at the end of Game 7 in Kansas City was a natural reaction. Though I will also add: I can see why Texas reliever Sam Dyson and his teammates got a little peeved by it. You’re allowed to react … [Read more...] about Big and Little this week: The bat flung ’round the world, and hey, the NFL only makes $10B annually, why ask for decent officials?
We do a segment each Thursday on “But Seriously” where Ray Ratto and I name our separate “Big” and “Little” sports figures of the week. I post mine here after the show airs and this week the winners are… —BIG/ Joe Pavelski finally as the “C” on his chest, probably two or three years too late, but it fits him and it fit the Sharks in their opener on Wednesday. Just one game, of course. They’re still pretty much the same core that has under-achieved through most of the last decade. Doesn’t mean the Sharks have it all fixed or have it close to all fixed. Just means their true leader doesn’t have to pretend he’s not their true leader any more and everybody else can find their own roles supporting that now, including Thornton, who looked plenty comfortable Wednesday. Yes, the Sharks are starting to make sense to me and I always prefer it that way rather than getting a headache every time I try to figure out … [Read more...] about Big and Little this week: Hey, the Sharks have a captain (who should’ve been the captain for a while now)… and a wild-card water cooler KO
* My ridiculously early college basketball top-25 for 2013-14 is coming next week, after NBA Draft decisions are finalized … Action: Conference commissioners gather in Pasadena this week to hammer out details of the four-team playoff.Reaction I: We know the playoff begins after the 2014 season. We know the Rose and Sugar will host the first semifinals and that Cowboys Stadium will host the first title game (allegedly!). And we’re fairly certain that the Orange, Fiesta, Cotton and Chick-Fil-A will be part of the rotation.Reaction II: What we don’t know but will learn this week: The name of the playoff event and the site rotation. (Don’t expect a creative or unusual name. The commissioners will smartly follow a keep-it-simple-stupid approach.)Reaction III: What we won’t learn this week: Who’s on the selection committee, how the reps will be chosen and what the criteria will be for selecting the four teams. Every FBS conference will be represented, … [Read more...] about Action/reaction: Football playoff details coming this week, Oregon and the NCAA, Pac-12 basketball and SJSU football
I’m on vacation this week, so you know the drill–no columns, no blog-items, very few Tweets, no new podcasts… That is, unless something massive happens in the Bay Area sports universe, and I would be just fine if nothing does. There was a run there when something large happened just about every time I took a day off, but the 49ers, Raiders, A’s, Giants and Warriors have recently and unexpectedly moved away from that tradition, which is just fine by me. OK, sure, there could be activity on the Colin Kaepernick front this week while NFL teams are at the NFL Combine, the 49ers might do some explorations on other quarterbacks or the Raiders could make some news, the Warriors are always a candidate to be wildly interesting in random ways, and who knows what else is possible. I won’t guess. I won’t assume anything. I’m just taking time off. See you next week. … [Read more...] about Off this week…
Gone this week. * No columns (except one I wrote over the weekend that is scheduled to run Wednesday and will post on this site tonight or Tuesday morning); * No blog-items (except this one, with the possible exception of a 49ers item later in the week if and when they trade Colin Kaepernick, as I believe could happen by Wednesday or Thursday); * No podcasts (“The TK Show” will go dark this week, “Warriors Plus Minus” is fully Marcus Thompson II’s episode and the reports are that he has an excellent one lined up); I’ll be back March 20/21 and my guesses are that: -Cal will still be alive through the first weekend of the NCAA tournament; -Kaepernick will indeed be traded, though obviously if Jed York and Trent Baalke read this (they will) they’ll strive to avoid making my prediction come true (but they always end up doing that, anyway); -The Warriors might not look tremendous all the time but will go 3-1 in my absence, even without Andre … [Read more...] about Off this week, possibly sailing the high seas, or maybe some calmer activities (and that’s the 49ers’ cue for a Kaepernick trade)