Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TUESDAY: BURGUNDY STEALS THE ROAST


1. CLIPPERS: NOT MUST WIN BUT IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEND A MESSAGE
-Green may not play 

Draymond Green vs. Blake Griffin: Green may be sidelined, but the slightest possibility of this war is too juicy to dismiss. Green clearly relishes playing Griffin, and it's apparent that Griffin does not enjoy facing Green. If Draymond plays, Blake will sweat for every bucket. If Draymond doesn't play, Blake might start singing.

- The home team has prevailed in each of the last 10 meetings. The Warriors last won at Staples on Jan. 2, 2013.

-Curry's last 25 games: 24.9ppg, 48.9% on 9 3s a game. (7.4 assist) in only 32.4MPG. GSW 22-3 in that span

2. SPRING QUESTIONS:

A's: Pomeranz solid, Lawrie hits 2 bombs.

Giants today: 
Today's SF lineup: Aoki.LF, Panik 2B, Pagan CF, Posey C, Belt 1B, McGehee 3B, Crawford SS, Blanco RF, Lincecum P

 Bay Area spring questions:

1. More worrisome: Giants bats, starting pitching or overall sloppy play?
2. How good are Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman? (We know Gray, Kazmir and to an extent Pomeranz)
3. Is there a player in the Bay Area under more pressure than Brandon Belt to be good?

Others: 
-Hits McGhee
-The other 3 A's starters
-Tyler Clippard (Remember Jim Johnson? )
-Giants OF
-Any Giants starter other than Mad Bum
-Brett Lawrie. Marcus Semien

Viciedo for Giants or A's?:

 The Toronto Blue Jays have parted ways with outfielder Dayan Viciedo, who has opted out of his contract and is headed to free agency, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said via Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Viciedo landed with the Blue Jays after being released by the White Sox in February, but hit just .233 with nine strikeouts in 43 Grapefruit League at-bats. Viciedo has hit 60 homers over the last three seasons, but managed just a .231/.281/.405 slash line for Chicago last season.
Viciedo is just 26 years old and would seem to be a fit for the Phillies, who announced Tuesday that Domonic Brown will miss the start of the season due to an Achilles injury that has sidelined him for nearly two weeks.
The San Francisco Giants will begin the season without right fielder Hunter Pence due a broken forearm, but general manager Brian Sabean so far has passed on looking outside the organization. Norichika Aoki is likely to start the season in right field.

3. PUT ME ON RECORD AS NOT LIKING JAMEIS - I SEE RYAN LEAF
-Immature kid, bad decision maker, threw a ton of interceptions, good BSer
-Pro days are stupid - Here's how they go:

*Say pro day doesn't matter, overreact on pro day. 

49ers:

 49ers sign linebacker Desmond Bishop to one-year deal

-Warner talks Kap
-Hakeem Nicks, Lance Briggs visiting
Raiders:

Matt Schaub to the Ravens

4. BEIBER ROAST: BURGUNDY AND MARTHA STEWART RAN AWAY WITH IT


12:15 WARRIORS VS. CLIPPERS
-No Draymond?
-How would they match up in the playoffs?
-Lost in 7 last year without Bogut

Warriors road to the title............



12:30 GUEST: MATT BARNES CLIPPERS FORWARD  / FORMER WARRIOR


12:45 BURGUNDY ROASTS BEIBER - HIS MOVIE SUCKS BUT HE'S STILL THE BEST
-Martha Stewart


1 PM: "THE SHOCKER" KEVIN CALLABRO CALLING WARRIORS-CLIPPERS ON TNT
-1992 playoffs Mullin and one called by KC


If the current road is the road how do you like the Warriors chances: 

1-8 OKC

1-4/5 winner Clippers/Blazers - Clippers

1 2/3 winner: Memphis or SA - Spurs

NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Hawks or Cavs ? Cavs

Thunder
Clippers
Spurs
Cavs

1:30 WHY IS EVERYONE ACTING LIKE WINSTON IS LUCK? 

-Pro Day was OK
-Didn't blow away the combine
-BSing the combine
-I see Ryan Leaf. Am immature hot head who makes questionable decsions on and off the field.
-18 INTs second most in college football  (Mariotta was 42 TD 4 INT)

The thing I love, he lit up like a Christmas tree when we started talking technical football. You want that out of a QB" - Mayock on Jameis


1:45

2 PM: ASK PAPA ANYTHING

2:15 GUEST:  ESPN TIM KIRKJIAN 

-Kris Bryant
-A-Rod hot OK this spring


2:30  SPRING QUESTIONS:

Bay Area spring questions:

1. More worrisome: Giants bats, starting pitching or overall sloppy play?
2. How good are Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman? (We know Gray, Kazmir and to an extent Pomeranz)
3. Is there a player in the Bay Area under more pressure than Brandon Belt to be good?

Others: 
-Hits McGhee
-The other 3 A's starters
-Tyler Clippard (Remember Jim Johnson? )
-Giants OF
-Any Giants starter other than Mad Bum
-Brett Lawrie. Marcus Semien

2:45 CABOOSE:

 -Burgundy steals the roast 
-Martha Stewart was outstanding 
-Beiber roast: Shaq takes a shot at the Lakers and Clippers 
-Jack Nicholson used to have a private tunnel to the playboy mansion from his house 
-Guy wins a million if Spartans win title  




Monday, March 30, 2015

MONDAY: WARRIORS WEEKEND



1. WARRIORS SWEEP THE WEEKEND:

-Perfectly played by Kerr: Full squad Friday, rested Greena dn Iguodala Saturday, limited Bogut's minutes who was effective on Randolph Friday night, Ezilie provided solid minutes.

-The Warriors are now a ridiculous 40-0 when holding the opposition below 100 points and, if they can sweep their final five home games, will go down as the second-best home team in league history, tying a handful of 39-2 teams behind the Celts' famed 40-1 mark at Boston Garden in 1985-86.


FRIDAY:

Friday: Memphis 107-84 

1st h 

Klay, Curry 29 pts 1st h 5 3s 
5 pt lead at half 
Draymond early foul trouble 
Bogut solid v Randolph 
54-49 H
85-65 end 3 Curry 17 in qtr
MVP? 
31-16 in qtr
Only 4 TOs 2nd H
3rd qtr lately
Conley didn't score 2nd H 
25th road wins 
Curry 38 - 8-12 3s
Thompson 6-9 
Bogut v Randolph 
Warriors speed and quickness 
32 pts off TOs 
Led by 5 , 31-16 3rd 
Curry stopped Conley 
Turned D to O
96-42 in last 3 3rds 


SATURDAY:

Saturday 108-95 
No Iggy or Draymond 
60 wins 
Milwaukee shoots 38% 
Shows u how well the system works 
Clinch 1 in West 
Speights and Mcadoo fill in well
Thompson 17 pts 7-9 in 3rd 
Curry 25 /6-9 3 PT 
Last 4 - great 3 PT shooting - 4 straight w 5 plus 3 PT makes 
Warriors 40-0 warriors holding opp under 100 
Bogut solid in 18 min 3 blocks , 6 reb 
22 TOs (15 first H)
Keeping Bogut's minutes low 
Kerr downplays West record, 60 wins 
West comes thru GS
Vs. East 25-5  / 10.6 pts diff 


Warriors 5 in loss ahead of Hawks 


Questions:

-Are they just better than everyone?
-Hawks slipping
-Curry played like an MVP both night, shut down Conley on 2nd half, hitting 3's like crazy
-Kerr should be runaway for COY

-Warriors being sued 

2. SPRING ALMOST OVER - QUESTIONS?:

-Is there a TJ epemic?


Bay Area spring questions:

1. More worrisome: Giants bats, starting pitching or overall sloppy play?
2. How good are Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman? (We know Gray, Kazmir and to an extent Pomeranz)
3. Is there a player in the Bay Area under more pressure than Brandon Belt to be good?

Others: 
-Hits McGhee
-The other 3 A's starters
-Tyler Clippard (Remember Jim Johnson? )
-Giants OF
-Any Giants starter other than Mad Bum
-Brett Lawrie. Marcus Semien



3. NFL:
-Browns Farmer fined for texting 
-Falcons fined, lose pick for pumping in corwd noise



Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt)
NFL identifies Falcons' employee responsible for violation: Roddy White (the marketing director, not the WR). Now fired, suspended if hired.

-Extra point: Should be from 1 1/2 or 33-yd. FG for 1 point. No brainer.

MMQB:


This is the most likely compromise to be advanced, and the most likely way the league will amend how teams can score after a touchdown:
  • Teams will have a choice whether to go for one or two points after a touchdown, from different distances.
  • If the offensive team chooses to kick for one point, the scrimmage line will move from the 2-yard-line to the 15-yard line, making it a 32- or 33-yard attempt.
  • If the offensive team chooses to go for two points, the scrimmage line will be either the 1-and-a half- or 2-yard line. There was much debate about making it the 1, the 1-and-a-half or the 2. The feeling about putting it on the 1 was that it could turn into too much of a scrum/push-the-pile play, or a fluky puncture-the-goal-line-with-the-ball-and-bring-it-back play by the quarterback. Putting it at the 1-and-a-half or leaving it at the 2 would increase the chances of a real football play with some drama.
  • The defensive team would be able to score two points by either blocking the PAT and returning it downfield to the end zone, or by intercepting the two-point attempt and running it back, or recovering a fumble on the two-point play and returning it all the way.

-We are officially 1 month away from the NFL Draft
April 30th, 2015 from Chicago

49ers:
-Warner talks Kap
-Hakeem Nicks, Lance Briggs visiting

FA recap:

RB Jarryd Hayne -- Australian rugby star chose the Niners, who he said gave him $100,000 guaranteed on a futures/reserve contract, over the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks to begin his American football adventure and plans to play running back and special teams ... if he makes the squad.
DL Darnell Dockett -- Former Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowler stays in the division to fortify defensive line, which will already be without Ray McDonald and possibly also Justin Smith, with two-year, $7.5 million contract.
WR Jerome Simpson -- Acrobatic wideout, known for his forward somersault touchdown for Cincinnati and legal issues, signed to two-year deal.
WR Torrey Smith -- Five-year, $40 million contract with $22 million guaranteed brings big and fast deep threat who could be the yin to Anquan Boldin’s yang .. like they were in Baltimore when the Ravens beat the Niners in Super Bowl XLVII.
RB Reggie Bush -- No. 2 pick of 2006 draft signs one-year contract to return to California as the San Diego native and USC product will be part of a three-headed Niners rushing attack, along with Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter.
CB Shareece Wright -- Started his last 27 games with the San Diego Chargers but has also led the NFL in defensive pass interference penalties since 2013.
OL Erik Pears -- Eight-year NFL veteran who spent past five years with Buffalo Bills signs two-year deal, $4.7 million contract to compete for left guard spot (Pro Football Focus gave him a -25.0 grade last season, 76th of 78 guards) and/or provide depth at right tackle.
Departures
RB Frank Gore -- Heart and soul of team will now run the ball for the Indianapolis Colts and block blitzers for Andrew Luck for three years and a guaranteed $8.5 million.
LG Mike Iupati -- Three time Pro Bowler moves to Arizona on five-year, $40 million deal with $22.5 million guaranteed to form a formidable left side of O-line for Cardinals with LT Jared Veldheer.
LB Dan Skuta -- Key backup the past two seasons who has started 18 of 30 games is off to the Jacksonville Jaguars on a five-year, $20.5 million contract.
LB Patrick Willis -- Spiritual leader retires at age 30 after eight seasons, seven Pro Bowls and five All-Pro selections due to sore feet and a desire to move on.
FS Bubba Ventrone -- Retired to take job as assistant special teams coach with Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
WR Stevie Johnson -- Released in cost-cutting move, signed three-year, $10.5 million deal with San Diego Chargers.
CB Chris Culliver -- Took his career-high four interceptions from 2014 and legal issues to Washington with a four-year deal worth up to $32 million.
CB Perrish Cox --Took his team-leading five interceptions to the Tennessee Titans on a reported three-year, $15 million deal.
LB Chris Borland -- Stunned Niners and NFL by announcing his retirement after one standout season, citing potential future health concerns.
RT Jonathan Martin -- Waived after starting nine games in his lone season with the Niners last year.
Staying put
QB Blaine Gabbert -- The only San Francisco quarterback to throw a fourth-quarter touchdown last season agrees to two-year, $2 million deal to return as Colin Kaepernick’s backup.
TE Garrett Celek -- Signed to a one-year deal.
LS Kyle Nelson -- Signed to four-year deal.
TE Derek Carrier -- Signed a two-year extension.
CB Chris Cook -- Re-signed to a one-year deal.
In limbo
DL Justin Smith -- Still contemplating retirement and Niners have given him as long as he needs to reach decision.
QB Josh Johnson
RB Alfonso Smith
RB Phillip Tanner
WR Michael Crabtree -- Visited Miami Dolphins and he has also drawn interest from Washington and San Diego Chargers. He is willing to wait for the right offer to come his way. Niners general manager Trent Baalke would not publically take him off the table.
WR Brandon Lloyd -- Niners have had no conversations with veteran WR.
WR Kassim Osgood
LB Desmond Bishop -- Perhaps becomes more appealing to Niners with only three inside linebackers with NFL experience currently under contract.


Raiders:
McShay's latest has Winston, Mariotta, Cooper ahead of Raiders who take Leonard Williams

FA recap:  43M spent in 2015 FA, 31M in 2015 guarantees - which means flexibility again next year

Returning unrestricted free agent: S Charles Woodson, defensive lineman C.J. Wilson.
Departed free agents: RB Darren McFadden (Dallas Cowboys), CB Chimdi Chekwa (New England Patriots), defensive tackle Pat Sims (Cincinnati Bengals).
Remaining free agents: C Stefen Wisniewski, CB Tarell Brown, CB Carlos Rogers, TE David Ausberry, WR Vincent Brown, WR Denarius Moore,RB Kory Sheets.
Priority free agents: None.
Released: S Tyvon Branch (Kansas City Chiefs), DE LaMarr Woodley (Arizona Cardinals), LB Nick Roach, S Usama Young, QB Matt Schaub.
Retired: RB Maurice Jones-Drew.
Free-agent additions: C Rodney Hudson (Chiefs), LB Malcolm Smith (Seattle Seahawks), TE Lee Smith (Buffalo Bills), RB Roy Helu (Washington Redskins), DT Dan Williams (Cardinals), LB Curtis Lofton (New Orleans Saints), S Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles), CB James Dockery (Carolina Panthers), QB Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings), RB Trent Richardson.
Acquired in trade: None.
Starting lineup changes: Hudson for Wisniewski; Lofton for Roach; Williams for Wilson; Allen for Branch.
Players connected to Raiders: TE Jermaine Gresham (Cincinnati Bengals), but he is not expected to sign soon.

Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
Look for former Raiders QB Matt Schaub to sign this week, per source. Interested teams include Jets, Ravens, Falcons, amongst others.
4. NCAA - IF YOU JUST WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE BIG COACHES --

-Duke Coach K
-MSU - Izzo
-Kentucky - Calipari
-Wisconsin - Ryan

5. SAW GET HARD - BRUTAL.



12:15 WARRIORS: COULD THEY RUN AWAY WITH THIS THING?


Things setting up nicely for W's playoff run
Grizz fall to 3, set to face Spurs in first round
W's would play Thunder then winner of Portland/LAC

Spurs title years
1999-Had home court advantage entire playoffs, won title
2003-Had home court advantage entire playoffs, won title
2005-Won first two rounds at home, won conf finals against Phoenix who had home court, won finals w/ home court
2007-Won first round at home, won conf semis against Phoenix who had home court, won conf finals at home, won finals w/ home court
2014-Had home court advantage entire playoffs, won title
In 5 Title years, only had to play two series w/o home court advantage, both against Phoenix

Should Papa be worried about Spurs who would have to win two road series before even playing Warriors in conference finals?

 The Spurs are 13-3 since Feb. 27, second only to Golden State and tops in the league in offensive efficiency in that span. More importantly: San Antonio is 17-5 in the mere 22 games in which Pop has been able to field his preferred starting lineup of Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan and Splitter.


12:30 GUEST: RANDY WINN - GIANTS SPRING WRAP UP..........

12:45: SPRING TRAINING WRAP UP QUESTIONS: 

Bay Area spring questions:

1. More worrisome: Giants bats, starting pitching or overall sloppy play?
2. How good are Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman? (We know Gray, Kazmir and to an extent Pomeranz)
3. Is there a player in the Bay Area under more pressure than Brandon Belt to be good?

Others: 
-Hits McGhee
-The other 3 A's starters
-Tyler Clippard (Remember Jim Johnson? )
-Giants OF
-Any Giants starter other than Mad Bum
-Brett Lawrie. Marcus Semien
1 PM: JIM BARNETT WARRIORS ANALYST


1:15 WARRIORS: THEY SEEM TO BA ABLE TO JUST TURN IT ON

-3RD QUARTERS
-Curry hot from 3
-Buried Memphis
-Will have home court no matter who they play
-Kerr has to be COY now
-Curry making push for MVP


1:30 KURT WARNER TALKS KAEPERNICK QB CAMP 


1:45 TBA

2 PM: WEEKEND REVIEW:

-Final Four set: Should have picked the caoches - Coach K, Izzo, Cal and Ryan.
-What could stop Warriors? Sweep weekend 
-NFL; Falcons, Browns get punished

2:15 GUEST: BUCKY BROOKS NFL.COM
-His updated Mock as of today


2:30 NFL DRAFT: 30 DAYS FROM TODAY
-Raiders still have $25+M in cap space
-49ers bringing in Nicks, Briggs
-Raiders issue: If Leonard Williams is there? (I think Mariotta is going #2)



2:45 CABOOSE:
SI Now (@SInowLIVE)

Friday, March 27, 2015

FRIDAY: HOOPS HOURS

BREAKING: DURANT OUT!

1. WARRIORS AT MEMPHIS:
-Important game to win?
-Haven't beaten Memphis
-Can clinch a tie for home court throughout
-Keep themselves motivated, only team they haven't beaten this year
-Big match ups

Jackson still using Lacob in sermons:

Mark Jackson continues to reference Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob in his sermons, with the latest mention coming 10 months after his firing.
“I had a joy when I was coaching,” Jackson said Sunday in recorded comments to his congregation at True Love Worship Center International in Reseda, where he is an ordained minister. “I had a joy when I got fired. The owner of the Golden State Warriors was baffled when I left the meeting, shook his hand and smiled. I said, ‘I’m praying for you.’ He looked at me like I just cussed him out. All I said was, ‘I’m praying for you.’
 There are folks in this world that cannot comprehend or understand the peace that you have…”
Lacob, who declined comment through a team spokesman, was previously a topic in Jackson’s sermon in December. Lacob had apologized for critical comments about Jackson that he made at a venture capitalists luncheon days earlier.


2. SPRING TRAINING:
-Lincecum: Can look dominating and lost in the same AB - 7 Ks, but missed spots, hitter batter, hard hit balls, a little of everything- typical Tim -gave up four runs - three earned - and four hits. He walked two and struck out seven


Sanchez — “The Magnet” — had himself a night. He took a foul tip in the nether regions during the bullpen, a couple of foul tips off his thumb during the game and, finally, a shot near his neck.
“What a life,” he said quietly as he sat in street clothes at his locker.
Sanchez said he was fine after being checked by trainers.
Bochy said Sanchez will be off Friday as planned, with Andrew Susac catching prospect Chris Heston in the road game against the Dodgers.


Bochy said by Tuesday or Wednesday he will settle on a lineup. His decision seems to hinge on how well Angel Pagan hits as he catches up from his back injury.
For now, Bochy seems to be leaning toward keeping Nori Aoki atop the order, saying he likes the way the new outfielder is hitting. Pagan could hit third or drop down to fifth. In that case, Brandon Belt could move up to third if he is hitting.
“We’ll go with how they’re swinging,” Bochy said. “Right now they’re not swinging great. If we have to tweak it here and move guys around, we’ll do it. We’re looking for guys to get hot and swing the bats well in the next week.”

A's:
Reddick will miss first week - Zobrist in RF, Sogard at 2B 

3. NCAA HOOPS:
-Kentucky over West Va.
-Arizona comes back over Xavier


12:15: WARRIORS:
-Go balls out until you have everything wrapped up
- I think they need home court throughout
-Kerr won't rest anyone tonight 


12:30 GUEST: SUSAN SLUSSER: 
-Barry 11 scoreless
-Starting 5: 1. Gray 2. Hahn 3. Kamir 4. Graveman 5. Pomeranz
-Not official but Clippard closer
-Cook to AAA
-Roster decisions? 

Billy Burns:
The switch-hitting outfielder entered Thursday night leading the majors in hits (20) and runs (15), and was batting .432 (16-for-37) over his previous 12 games. Burns has bulked up and he’s showing more pop in his bat to complement his speed. Should the A’s want to keep another outfielder if Josh Reddick (oblique) isn’t ready to start the season, Burns is making a nice case for himself.

 ODDS AND ENDS: Left fielder Coco Crisp (sore right elbow) reported feeling much better Thursday, but Melvin said Crisp won’t be in Friday’s lineup against Texas regardless. The plan was to give him at least three full days off after he received an injection in his elbow.



12:45 A'S / GIANTS THOUGHTS:
-Lincecum is Lincecum: Nasty and bad all in the same batter. -gave up four runs - three earned - and four hits. He walked two and struck out seven

-Giants 6-19-1 - Linceum ball into CF, Lincecum doesn't  back up home, Butler takes extra base. 

-Baggs six Giants questions 

-Our last non-baseball weekend until at least mid-October. 

A's:
-Reddick won't play first week, Zobrist RF, Sogard 2B


1 PM BASKETBALL HOUR:

-63+ WINS?

-EMERGENCE OF BOGUT, IGUODALA LATELY

-CAN WE STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SEASON FOR A MINUTE? YOU GUYS HAVE SEEN SOME BAD BASKETBALL

-WILL THE WARRIORS BE SHUT OUT OF THE AWARDS?

-SPURS COMING ON

-IF THUNDER GET HEALTHY?

-MEMPHIS TONIGHT: SENDING A MESSAGE TO A TEAM YOU HAVEN'T BEATEN?

-BOGUT SAYS BEING SELFLESS IS WHY WARRIORS ARE WINNING

-WHAT'S BEEN THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE SEASON SO FAR?

-WILL IT BE HARD TO TURN THE HYPE MACHINE DOWN FOR THE PLAYOFFS? TEAM
DOESN'T HAVE EXPEREINCE AND THERE WILL BE PRESSURE


1:30 ESPN POLL:

-Best PG: Westbrook 1, Curry 2 
-Front office rankings: Spurs 1 , Warriors 2 
-Head Coach: Pop, Budenholzer, Kerr 
-Owner: Lacob 4th 

1:45 TRUTH OR TRASH:


1. EVEN IN MY WILDEST DREAMS I WOULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT 63+ WINS FOR THE WARRIORS THIS SEASON.

2. KERR DESERVES COACH OF THE YEAR MORE THAN CURRY DESERVES MVP

3.  BIGGEST REASON WARRIORS CAN WIN THE TROPHY IS VERSATILITY: BIG, SMALL, SLOW FAST, WARRIORS CAN WIN MANY WAYS.


4. BIGGER THREAT TO WARRIORS IN THE WEST: SPURS OR THUNDER WITH DURANT?


5. BIG GAME TONIGHT TO SSEND A MESSAGE TO THE GRZZ BECAUSE WARRIORS HAVEN'T BEATEN THEM AND COULD SEE MEMPHIS IN WEST FINALS.

2 PM: TRUTH MACHINE:

2:15 GUEST:  JIM CAPLE

2:30 TBA

2:45 CABOOSE:
Audio: Who wants to sex Mutumbo? 
Review of Get Hard 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

THURSDAY:



1. WARRIORS DIVISION CELEBRATION DAY IS OVER - BACK TO TITLE TALK.....

Why Curry won't win MVP: Stephen A - Warriors title hopes hinge on Bogut and Lee....


NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats)
The @spurs shot 58.0% en route to a season-high 130 points. Since the All-Star break, they have the West's best offense (110.0 OffRtg)
 

Likely scenario:

1. Warriors
2. Grizz
3. Rockets
4. Blazers
5. Clippers
6. Spurs
7. Mavs
8. Thunder

8 Thunder 1 Warriors
7 Mavs 2 Grizz
3 Rockets 6 Spurs
Clippers 5 Blazers 4

Clippers Warriors
Spurs Grizz

Spurs / Grizz vs. Warriors

Finals:

Hawks or Cavs vs. Warriors


2. SPRING TRAINING:

Giants:
-More worrisome line up or starters?

A's: 

3. NFL:

-Did Belichick go off on NFL for being cheap? 
Changing the extra point?

Raiders:
Resign CJ Wilson on Papa's command
Should Raiders go WR or pass rusher?  


NBC 6 Sports (@NBC6Sports)
Sources: Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper ran 4.31 to 4.37, not 4.42 at combine shar.es/1gnpOA via @FootballPost


49ers:

12:15 GUEST: DAVID THORPE - ESPN.COM
-Curry vs. Westbrook debate - Numbers
-NBA personel ranked top 30 PGs
-Why top franchises win
-Warriors ranked #2

12:30: THORPE REACTION

-Numbers are overrated, easy to get

MVP based on:

-Team winning
-Importantance to team winning
-Versatility - How many things do you do to help your team win?
-It's harder to stand out on a winning team


12:45: GIANTS: MORE WORRISOME: STARTING PITCHING OR LINE UP?

Line up yesterday:

1. Aoki
2. Panik
3. Pagan
4. Posey
5.Belt
6. McGhee
7. Blanco
8. Crawford

Rotation:
Bumgarner
Cain
Peavy
Hudson
Lincecum

Can Posey carry the Giants?
http://beta.espn.go.com/blog/spring-training/post/_/id/3152/can-buster-posey-carry-the-giants-lineup

Can Timmy fix his mechanics?
http://beta.espn.go.com/blog/spring-training/post/_/id/3071/can-tim-lincecum-find-his-mechanics

1 PM: GUEST: DON NELSON

1:20:

1:30: WARRIORS LIKELY ROAD:

Likely scenario:

1. Warriors
2. Grizz
3. Rockets
4. Blazers
5. Clippers
6. Spurs
7. Mavs
8. Thunder

8 Thunder 1 Warriors
7 Mavs 2 Grizz
3 Rockets 6 Spurs
Clippers 5 Blazers 4

Clippers Warriors
Spurs Grizz

Spurs / Grizz vs. Warriors

Finals:

Hawks or Cavs vs. Warriors


1:45: NFL FREE AGENCY RANKED:

Oakland Raiders
Grade: B-plus
Key re-signings/additions: DT Dan Williams, TE Lee Smith, CB James Dockery, C Rodney Hudson, QB Christian Ponder, S Nate Allen, OLB Malcolm Smith, RB Roy Helu, RB Trent Richardson, DE C.J. Wilson, ILB Curtis Lofton
Key subtractions: WR Andre Holmes, CB Brandian Ross, CB Carlos Rogers, CB Chimdi Chekwa, RB Darren McFadden, TE David Ausberry, WR Denarius Moore, RB Kory Sheets, LB LaMarr Woodley, S Larry Asante, P Marquette King, QB Matt Schaub, DT Pat Sims, WR Rod Streater, C Stefen Wisniewski, CB Tarell Brown, S Tyvon Branch, WR Vincent Brown, RB Maurice Jones-Drew
If we're going to criticize Jacksonville for overpaying (see below), it's tough to criticize Oakland for failing to land front-line free agents. The reality is that free agency isn't going to fix teams in their situations. Both could be damned if they do, damned if they do not.
"If the Jets hit a home run, the Raiders hit a triple," Polian said. "They needed a lot of players and got them. They will find out what Ponder is or is not with a change of scenery, and the reality is that he cannot be worse than Schaub."
Williamson said he loved three of Oakland's signings: those of Helu, Hudson and Williams.
"The Raiders got way stronger at the two pivots, right up the middle with their big guys, which was a huge problem," Williamson said. "Both Hudson and Williams are really good players in their primes. Lofton and Smith are upgrades, but not great. Allen is worth the risk as a free safety. But you see Oakland in that Jaguars/Browns category with a ton of money to spend, no one to spend it on and difficulties finding guys to go there. Ideally, they would have landed a Randall Cobb or Ndamukong Suh."


C' Grades


San Francisco 49ers
Grade: C-plus
Key re-signings/additions: OG Erik Pears, WR Torrey Smith, CB Shareece Wright, WR Jerome Simpson, DT Darnell Dockett, RB Reggie Bush
Key subtractions: RB Alfonso Smith, WR Brandon Lloyd, CB Chris Culliver, OLB Dan Skuta, ILB Desmond Bishop, RB Frank Gore, QB Josh Johnson, WR Kassim Osgood, WR Michael Crabtree, OG Mike Iupati, CB Perrish Cox, RB Phillip Tanner, S Raymond Ventrone, WR Steve Johnson, ILB Patrick Willis, ILB Chris Borland, DE Ray McDonald
The 49ers have quickly gone from being one of the most reliable "known" quantities in the NFL to a team that is increasingly difficult to figure out.
"There is a lot of loss here," Polian said. "I think I understand why they are doing it, but still, Iupati was a really serviceable player. Cox was serviceable. Culliver was serviceable. Gore was still serviceable. Borland they did not anticipate, and had they known he was going to retire, perhaps Skuta would have been someone they would have kept. I think they want to change the culture there and get back to a more run-heavy offense."
Bush and Dockett could be quality veteran additions. Iupati arguably was too expensive for a player who frequently seemed to be playing through injuries.
"I think they are worse, but I do not think they are 4-12," Williamson said. "Dockett can be a good scheme fit. Torrey Smith gives them some really needed speed on offense. That helps them. They did not get hit as hard as everyone thinks, but factor in the retirements of Borland and Willis with the changes to the coaching staff -- ouch."

2 PM: BRODIE BRAZIL

2:15 FIVE THINGS I WANT FROM THE NFL:

1. 18 GAMES
2. MORE GAMES ON MORE NIGHTS
3. THE ALL-22 CHANNEL AND THE 5 SMART FOOTBALL GUY SITTING AROUND CHANNEL
4. BE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE
5. ROTATE THE SUPER BOWL: NEW ORLEANS, SAN DIEGO, NEW YORK, MIAMI AND LONDON.


2:30 TBA

2:45 CABOOSE: TBA



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY: STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES DAY



1. IF THE WARRIORS PLAY LIKE THAT?: 

37 assists 26 plus times 2nd best clips 13x 
Won Pacific for first time since 1976
Bogut active 10-16-6, looks fresh 
Curry 13 in 3rd 
Green 14-11-8 great 4th 
Can go big and small now 
Iggy healthy and hot, shooting well 
15-4 - finished 19 games in 31 days 
24 road wins 
Memphis Friday night Warriors haven't beaten Memphis 
Klay, Harrison, Curry, Iggy, Draymond at 5 down stretch 
Warriors 3rd qtr took over 36-18 Bogut rebounding 
16 Rebs in 24 mins 
Klay took Lillard in 3rd - Thompson back Lillardhad 18 in 1st half 









OKC could do what Warriors are doing this season next season - Kanter 25-16, Adams 16-10. With Durant?

-Westbrook Curry in NBA PG poll  

2. NFL RULES / GOODELL SPEAKS: 

Goodell: NFL not focused on a team in LA in 2016

-Goodell is like listening to the president now: 

-Cleveland wants to know about ht e texting thing 
-Chicago wants to talk draft 
-Everyone wants to tlak safety 
-Tornto guy wants a team 
-What's up with LA? 
-Rule changes
-Defltategate 
-International markets discussed
  

-Belichick pissed owners didn't want to pay for cameras 

Passed: 

- NFL owners have voted to prevent another Julian Edelman situation, giving a third party power to stop a game if a player appears disoriented.The league announced that the owners voted to allow a certified athletic trainer at each stadium to call a medical timeout if a player appears to be disoriented.

 The owners also tabled a proposal to have fixed cameras positioned on the sidelines, end lines and goal lines. They're designed to supplement the broadcast network cameras, thereby guaranteeing coverage of a play no matter where the network cameras are stationed. The teams want to research this issue more before voting their approval.

 Washington's suggestion to use replay to review personal fouls was withdrawn. Kansas City withdrew a proposal to allow replay officials to review all potential scores or turnovers. For example, a pass ruled incomplete in the end zone could be reviewed by the replay official without a coach's challenge. Currently, the play would be reviewed only if it was ruled a touchdown.

Five safety enhancements: 

- Changed the rules for a peel-back block to include all offensive players being penalized as opposed to just those inside the tackle box.

- They also added to the rule protecting receivers, extending the protection if the pass is intercepted and the intended receivers remain unable to defend themselves from a hit.

- They made it illegal for a back outside the tight end area to chop a defensive player engaged above the waist by another offensive player.

- Pushing a teammate at the line of scrimmage on punts and field goals also was made illegal.

More rules:

 The owners did approve the ability to review the game clock at the end of a half, game or overtime to determine if there should be more time left on the clock. Of 13 replay alterations proposed, this is the only that passed. Others included extending the number of coaches' challenges and letting them challenge all officiating calls.


Proposals defeated were:
•  increasing coaches' challenges by one to three;
•  replay reviews of any personal fouls;
•  reviews of any penalty resulting in a first down, with no challenge necessary;
•  replays on fouls against a defenseless receiver being enforced when a reversal results in an incomplete pass;
•  reviewing fouls against a defenseless receiver, with an unsuccessful challenge not costing a timeout;
•  reviewing whether time expired on the play clock before the ball is snapped;
•  using stadium-produced video for a replay review.
The owners are scheduled to discuss more rule proposals on Wednesday, including possible changes on where a ball is spotted for extra point attempts.



3. SPRING TRAINING: WHAT ELSE DOES BARRY HAVE TO DO TO MAKE THE A'S?
-11 scoreless in a row

Giants: 
-Cain has soreness -But who doesn't?
-Giants double in value year to year  (NBA teams up 75%, NFL teams up 48%)

Pablo still bitching: 


"Being a homegrown player, for them not to demonstrate the love for me to come back there, I think that says a lot,'' Sandoval said, sounding matter-of-fact rather than bitter when asked to recount his feelings. "I'm not going to play someplace where I was happy with my teammates but I was personally unhappy with them (management).''

Weight issues: 

 "I've been getting after Pablo about that,'' Ortiz said. "Because Pablo is very agile, but he's 28 now. If he doesn't take care of himself, in a couple of years he could lose that agility overnight. So I'm talking to him about eating better, because if you want to stay in this game, you have to take care of yourself.''
 

Of course, it's one thing to get that message from a highly respected peer like Ortiz, another one to hear it from your bosses.
Sandoval acknowledged he was irritated by what he considered the Giants' harping on his weight, which tended to increase significantly during the season, hampering his defensive range. He pointed out the Red Sox have hired a nutritionist and he's trying to pay heed, but conceded the results don't show so far. He wouldn't reveal where the scales stop, saying simply he's comfortable at his current weight.
Sandoval is pleased the Red Sox have not made an issue of his weight, and they smartly refrained from bringing up the topic while pursuing him in the offseason.
However, Sandoval's less-than-svelte physique has already created consternation among New England fans, as an unflattering photo early in camp showed him sporting a significant gut.
"I'm a professional and I know what I have to do,'' said Sandoval, listed as 5-11 and 255. "I know where I've failed and how I've grown up. If I had signed (with the Giants), I knew I would be under a (weight) regimen for five years, and I'm not going to be happy someplace where I'm under that kind of regimen, where I can't be myself.''

4. JED YORK: PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE PROUD OF 49ERS.........

 CEO Jed York does not share the same pessimism many followers of the 49ers have expressed on social media during a tumultuous start to the offseason.
“I think people are going to be proud of their team when they see them play this year,” York said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.


Still, York said, “I feel great about the organization.”
He added, “Obviously, we have a lot of respect for (general manager) Trent (Baalke) and Jimmy T,” York said. “And I think things trickle down from there.”
York said it “baffles” him to hear criticism of the coaching staff. He points out defensive coordinator Eric Mangini is a two-time head coach, and offensive coordinator Geep Chryst has worked closely with quarterback Colin Kaepernick for the past four seasons.
“I think what you’ll see is camaraderie and teamwork,” York said. “We need to focus on what we do well and how we can improve each and every day, and that’s what Jimmy T’s approach is. We don’t have win a game today. We need to start winning games beginning in September.”


“Criticism is so much different on Twitter than it is going out to a restaurant and seeing fans,” York said.
“You take it for what it’s worth, and as long as we do what we believe is right for the San Francisco 49ers, and we’re putting ourselves in a position to do what we ultimately want to do - win with class -- I feel good about it. I can look at myself in the mirror and feel very good about where we are. Our team is excited about it, and ultimately our results will prove that.”

 
12:15 WARRIORS REGULAR SEASON APPRECIATION DAY

Summary:
-51 seasons in the Bay Area, this is #52.
-18 playoff seasons
1-NBA title
-Three times best record in West: 63-64, 66-67 and 75-76.
-Division titles:  (Started in 70-71- 45 seasons ): (2) 75-74, 75-76 before this season.
-Best record in NBA one time 1975-76 (Celtics 2nd best 54-28), 59-23, lost in West Finals to Suns.
-33 non-playoff seasons
-Streak of 9 non-playoff seasons from 77-78 to 85-86, made it five times in 8 seasons from 86-87 to 93-94, missed 12 stright seasons from 93-94 through 05-06, made it one time in 18 seasons from 94-95 to 2012-13 season.
-Average finish from from 1994-95 season through 2011-12 season in West: 11th.
-13 times ethier worst or second worst team in West.

Records: 
50+ Five times
30 or less 16 times
20 or less 7 times

Average number of wins in the 80's: 29.3
Average number of wins between playoffs apperance from 93-94 playoff team to 06-07 playoff team 12 seasons: 25.1
Average number of wins from 76-77 playoff team in 9 season playoff draught to 86-87 playoff team: 31.3

This season: 
-They win Pacific: Third time, first since 1975-76.
-They will have best record in West: Fourth time. 63-64, 66-67, 75-76. 
-They will have best record in NBA. Second time. (75-76)
-Steph will be top 3 in MVP at worst 
-Kerr 1 or 2 in COY 
-Green 1 or 2 in DPOY

Moved to Bay Area for 1962-63 season. 
Average record: 

62-63: 31-49 N (5 teams in West) - Wilt led NBA in PPPG and rebounding , 2nd team All-NBA. 

63-64 48-32 Y (5 teams in West) - Best record in West, Wilt was 1st team All-NBA, led in PPG, Nate Thurmond was rookie of the year, Lost to Boston in Finals 5 games. 

64-65: 17-63 N - Worst in West, Wilt Chamberlain traded at mid-season after ASG for the Warriors received Paul NeumannConnie DierkingLee Shaffer (who opted to retire rather than report to the Warriors), and $150,000

65-66: 35-45 N 4th out of 5 in West. Rick Barry rookie of the year and 1st team all-NBA.

66-67: 44-37 Y best in West, 5 yeams. Barry led NBA in scoring, 1st team All-NBA - Warriors lose in Finals to Wilt and 76ers in 5 games. 

67-68: 43-39 - 3rd in West of 6 teams, made playoffs. 

68-69: 41-41 Y made playoffs. 7 teams in West. Lost in West Finals to Lakers. 

69-70: 30-52 6th of 7 in West.

70-71: 41-41 made playoffs. NBA split into divisions for the first time, Warriors finish 2nd to Lakers. 

71-72: 51-31 2nd in Pacific to Lakers, renamed Golden State Warriors. Lost in frst round to Bucks. 


72-73: 2nd in Pacific to Lakers, 4th best record in West. Lost to Lakers in West Finals in 5. 

73-74: 44-38, no playoffs 5th best record in West.

74-75: 48-34, Won Pacific, best record in West. WON NBA TITLE, Rick Barry 1st team, Keith (Jamal) Wilkes All-Rookie. Barry 2nd in MVP to McAdoo. 

75-76: 59-23, best record in franchise history, won Pacific, Best record in NBA.  Lost West Finals 4-3 to Suns. Note: Kobe Braynt's dad Joe was Warriors 1st round pick, Gus Williams 2nd round pick. 

76-77: 46-36, made playoffs. ABA/NBA merger 12 teams in West. Lost in West semis to Lakers 4-3. 

77-78: 43-39 missed playoffs.

78-79: 38-44 missed playoffs.

79-80: 24-58 worst in West, missed playoffs. (First year of 3-point FG)

80-81: 39-43 missed playoffs.

81-82: 45-37 missed playoffs.

82-83: 30-52 missed playoffs.

83-84: 37-45 missed playoffs.

84-85: 22-60 missed playoffs, worst in West by 9 games, tied for wrost in NBA (Indiana)

85-86: 30-52 missed playoffs last in division, worst in West

86-87: 42-40 made playoffs, Beat Utah 3-2, lost to Lakers 4-1. 

87-88: 20-62 missed playoffs, 2nd worst in West (Clippers)

88-89: 43-39 made playoffs. Beat Jazz 3-0, Lose to Suns 4-1. 

89-90: 37-45 Missed playoffs.

90-91: 44-38 made playoffs. Beat Spurs 3-1, lose to Lakers 4-1. 

91-92: 55-27, made playoffs, 3rd in West, lost to Sonics 3-1. 

92-93: 34-48 missed playoffs.

93-94: 50-32 made playoffs, 6th in West. Lost to Suns 3-0. 

94-95: 26-56 missed playoffs 11th in West.

95-96: 36-46 9th in West missed playoffs.

96-97: 30-52, last in division, 10th in West.

97-98: 19-63 11th in West.

98-99: 21-29, short season lock out, missed playoffs, 10th in West.

99-00: 19-63, 13th in West.

00-01: 17-75, Lat in division, worst in West, 2nd worst in NBA.

01-02: 21-61: Worst in divion, worst in West, Tied worst NBA (Bulls)

02-03: 38-44 11th in West.

03-04: 37-45 12th in West.

04-05: 34-48: 12th in West.

05-06: 34-48 12th.

06-07: 42-40 Made playoffs, 8 seed. Beat Dallas 4-2, Lost to Utah 4-1. 

07-08: 48-34 missed playoffs by 2 games, 9th in West.

08-09: 29-53 13th in West.

09-10: 26-56 13th in West.

10-11: 36-46 12th in West.

11-12: 23-43 13th in West.

12-13: 47-35, 6th seed in West. Beat Denver 4-2, lost to Spurs 4-2.

13-14:  51-31, 6th in West, Lost to Clippers 4-3 in first round.

Summary:
-51 seasons in the Bay Area, this is #52.
-18 playoff seasons
1-NBA title
-Three times best record in West: 63-64, 66-67 and 75-76.
-Division titles:  (Started in 70-71- 45 seasons ): (2) 75-74, 75-76 before this season.
-Best record in NBA one time 1975-76 (Celtics 2nd best 54-28), 59-23, lost in West Finals to Suns.
-33 non-playoff seasons
-Streak of 9 non-playoff seasons from 77-78 to 85-86, made it five times in 8 seasons from 86-87 to 93-94, missed 12 stright seasons from 93-94 through 05-06, made it one time in 18 seasons from 94-95 to 2012-13 season.
-Average finish from from 1994-95 season through 2011-12 season in West: 11th.
-13 times ethier worst or second worst team in West.

Records: 
50+ Five times
30 or less 16 times
20 or less 7 times

Average number of wins in the 80's: 29.3
Average number of wins between playoffs apperance from 93-94 playoff team to 06-07 playoff team 12 seasons: 25.1
Average number of wins from 76-77 playoff team in 9 season playoff draught to 86-87 playoff team: 31.3

This season: 
-They win Pacific: Third time, first since 1975-76.
-They will have best record in West: Fourth time. 63-64, 66-67, 75-76. 
-They will have best record in NBA. Second time. (75-76)
-Steph will be top 3 in MVP at worst 
-Kerr 1 or 2 in COY 
-Green 1 or 2 in DPOY



12:30 GUEST: PEDRO GOMEZ 

12:45 IS BOGUT BACK TO BEING THE KEY TO A TITLE RUN?: 
-When Bogut is on, Warriors can go big or small....How do you beat them?

1 PM: MATT MAIOCCO: 
-Dennis Gile helping Kap 
-Takeaways from Roger Goodell speaking 
-Rule changes 
-Michael Crabtree
-McDonald to Bears 
-Draft priorities 


1:15 WHAT PASSED , WHAT DIDN'T WHAT SHOULD HAVE: 


1:30: GUEST: BOB MYERS: 

1:45: BOB MYERS REACTION: 

2 PM: STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES DAY: 

Summary:
-51 seasons in the Bay Area, this is #52.
-18 playoff seasons
1-NBA title
-Three times best record in West: 63-64, 66-67 and 75-76.
-Division titles:  (Started in 70-71- 45 seasons ): (2) 75-74, 75-76 before this season.
-Best record in NBA one time 1975-76 (Celtics 2nd best 54-28), 59-23, lost in West Finals to Suns.
-33 non-playoff seasons
-Streak of 9 non-playoff seasons from 77-78 to 85-86, made it five times in 8 seasons from 86-87 to 93-94, missed 12 stright seasons from 93-94 through 05-06, made it one time in 18 seasons from 94-95 to 2012-13 season.
-Average finish from from 1994-95 season through 2011-12 season in West: 11th.
-13 times ethier worst or second worst team in West.

Records: 
50+ Five times
30 or less 16 times
20 or less 7 times

Average number of wins in the 80's: 29.3
Average number of wins between playoffs apperance from 93-94 playoff team to 06-07 playoff team 12 seasons: 25.1
Average number of wins from 76-77 playoff team in 9 season playoff draught to 86-87 playoff team: 31.3

This season: 
-They win Pacific: Third time, first since 1975-76.
-They will have best record in West: Fourth time. 63-64, 66-67, 75-76. 
-They will have best record in NBA. Second time. (75-76)
-Steph will be top 3 in MVP at worst 
-Kerr 1 or 2 in COY 
-Green 1 or 2 in DPOY

2:15 GUEST: 

2:30 WHAT ELSE CAN BARRY DO TO MAKE A'S AND OTHER SPRING TRAINING QUESTIONS: 

-11 Innng scoreless streak and he looks good doing it. 
--More concern: Giants starting pitching or starting line up? 
-If Ryu is out long term in LA? 


2:45 CABOOSE: 

Taxi driver keeps woman locked in car
http://q13fox.com/2015/03/23/taxi-driver-allegedly-held-woman-prisoner-for-hours-hit-golf-balls-with-her-locked-in-cab/


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TUESDAY: WARRIORS CELEBRATE '75


1. WARRIORS WIN:

-107-76
-Magic number to clinch Pacific is one, first division title since 1976
-6-0 home stand.
-Started third on 22-2 after shooting less than 40% in first half, 29-8 in third, Wiz shot 1-18 in 3rd.
-Bogut is starting to warm up for the playoffs.....


NBA:
-Saunders mad at Utah broadcasters for saying they tanked when they tanked but won 
-Is Kevin Love one and done in Cleveland? 


2. NFL MEETINGS:

Davis: Cautiously optimistic:  (I'm not): 

Via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com, Davis emerged from a meeting saying he’s still hopeful to keep the Raiders where they are.
“I’m always optimistic,” Davis said. “Cautiously optimistic. Let’s call it that.”
Of course, that came as more and more owners say they expect a team or two in Los Angeles soon, with the Raiders, Chargers and Rams on the short list.
League executive vice president Eric Grubman updated owners on the Los Angeles proposals and the efforts of those three teams’ stadium situations in their existing markets.
“I thought the presentations were fairly detailed, more so than we’ve heard before,”  Davis said. “Today was meant to update everybody about what’s going on in the local markets and in two areas of Los Angeles that are in play right now.”
The Raiders and Chargers are talking about a joint stadium in Carson, and Davis said the shared venture is viable.
“Absolutely (it is), but I don’t really want to get into talking about other plans,” Davis said. “We’re focused on Oakland, and we’ll see what we can do there.”


-Injury timeout approved

-SBD: NFL taking “first step in a thousand-mile journey” with plans to stream Bills-Jaguars game. sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2…

-49ERS:
*Comp picks  4th round (132), 7th round (254)

- Kap's 10 weeks are up - Will he be better?


-Crabtree back to 49ers?


Raiders: 

ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo)
The Raiders should draft Marcus Mariota to replace Derek Carr if he’s available at No. 4 overall. Here’s why: es.pn/1CQVkTc


3. SPRING TRAINING QUESTIONS:

A's:
 -Zobrist getting time at SS , Sogard could back up at 3rd and SS
-Drew Pomeranz will start Tuesday’s home game against the Cubs with Barry Zito pitching in relief.


Giants:
- Angel Pagan (back stiffness) surprised the club by taking part in conditioning drills and hitting off a tee. He might return to game action by Tuesday.

"I'm just looking at Opening Day," Pagan said. "I want to play games here but for me the most important thing is being in the Opening Day lineup."
Pagan clarified that the back discomfort that has kept him out of the lineup for over a week is simply a spasm, one he believes was caused by a soft bed. He said he could have sat out another week or so and let the spasm go away, but he opted for two injections that he deemed "strong anti inflammatories" that speed the healing process. Pagan has gotten just 16 at-bats this spring but said he may soon head over to the minor league facility, where he can lead off every inning of an exhibition game.
"I want to go to the jungle and stay there for a while," he said of the facility a couple of miles from Scottsdale Stadium.

Lincecum returns: 
 
Making his first appearance in 10 days, Lincecum threw 41 pitches, 24 of which were strikes. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk, but struck out none of a backup-heavy Angels lineup after piling up whiffs early in the spring. Lincecum said he was moving too quickly through his mechanics in the first two innings, when he gave up the run and caught a few breaks on hard-hit balls that went for outs.

-Manager Bruce Bochy said that Lincecum remains one of his five starters despite the layoff, but as always, he left the door open for the Giants to make a change if a pitcher isn't up to speed. Matt Cain and Tim Hudson are a tad behind of where they normally would be pitch-count-wise and Lincecum has thrown just eight innings all spring.


4. DARREN SHARPER GETS 9 YEARS IN ARIZONA, OTHER CASES PENDING IN CALIFORNIA, LOUISIANA AND NEVADA

Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Monday immediately after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona, marking the first change of plea of the day for the former safety accused of drugging and assaulting women in four states.
Sharper admitted sexually assaulting one woman and trying to attack another in suburban Phoenix in 2013. It is very unusual to sentence defendants immediately after a guilty plea, which normally can take weeks or months.


12:15 DOES THE SEASON HAVE TO END IN A TITLE?

-I was in Dallas when Warriors beat 67-15 Mavs, season was not seen as a success. Dirk won MVP.

Warriors 57-13 - 12 to go.

If they go 9-3. At leats 66-16

1. Bulls 72-10 95-96 Won title
2.  Lakers 69-13   71-72 Won title.
3. Bulls 69-13 1996-97 Won title
4. 76ers 68-13 1966-67 Won title
5. Celtics 68-13 72-73 Lost East Finals
6. Celtics 67-15 85-86 Won Title
7. Bulls 67-15 1991-92 Won Title
8. Lakers 67-15 99-00 Won Title
9. Mavericks 67-15 06-07 Lost 1st round (Warriors)
10. Four teams went 66-16, Three won titles, One lost in East Finals. -Cavs 08-09

Summary: 13 teams have won 66+ games, 10 Won the title.
  

12:30 GUEST:  TIM LEGLER ESPN NBA ANALYST

12:45 WHY CURRY?:

LAST 10:

04-05 STEVE NASH 62-20 Best record.
05-06 STEVE NASH 54-28 3rd best record, 2 teams SA and Detroit won 60+
06-07 DIRK NOWITZKI 67-15 best record by 6 over Suns
07-08 KOBE BRYANT 57-25 - 3rd best - Celtics won 66, Pistons won 59.
08-09 LEBRON JAMES 66-16 Best record.
09-10 LEBRON JAMES 61-21 Best record
10-11 DERRICK ROSE  62-20 Best record.
11-12 LEBRON JAMES Short season 46-20, 4th best record - Spurs, Bulls won 50, OKC won 47.
12-13 LEBRON JAMES Heat won 66, best in NBA
13-14 KEVIN DURANT  OKC 2nd best, 59-23, Spurs won 62.

Summary: Last 10 MVPs- 
-6 had best record
-3 teams with 60+ wins and best record did not get MVP (05-06 Spurs, 07-08 Celtics, 13-14 Spurs), All had a team feel....
-Curry's win would seem to mimic Dirk's the most 06-07 won 67 with a 6 game lead over #2 team, but Dirk was a one man show.

-Team concept seems to hurt in MVP.......Nash, Dirk, Kobe, Rose stand out....LeBron and Durant won with talent around them.


1 PM:  GUEST: DENNIS GILE QB COACH WORKING WITH KAEPERNICK


1:15 WHAT RULES WOULD YOU PUT IN PLACE IF YOU COULD? 

-18 games: I want more football
-No expnaded playoffs
-Replay is good, just make it faster - Hand held devices?
-Can we get one more day of football?
-Monday night double headers?

-Andy Reid praises Carr
-Crab could come back
-Thoughts after hearing QB guru
-49ers won't be built on defense...offense will have to make plays

1:30 IS RICK BARRY OR STEINY RIGHT - DOES JOE LACON DESERVE AN APOLGY FROM ABUSIVE FANS? 

-WHAT IF HE WALKED TO MIDCOURT NOW?
-I was surprised at Rick Welts openness in wanting to move to SF ....

1:45 TBA

2 PM: ASK PAPA ANYTHING......

2:15 GUEST: RICH AURILLIA

2:30: 12 DAYS TO GO .....WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?

-Ryu starting seaosn on DL........
-A's rotation: Gray, Kazmir, Graveman, Pomeranz and......
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2:45 CABOOSE: