Labor Day Recap

September 4, 2007
  • Behind DeSean Jackson’s spectacular punt return (above), Cal got some sweet, sweet revenge on Tennessee, proving that the top three teams in the Pac-10 can match up well with other conferences’ top three. [SFGate]
  • Of course, one of those top three teams put a lickin’ on Stanford. [LA Times]
  • You know how one of the storylines of the Giants’ season has been Matt Cain as the hard luck loser? Well, yesterday in Colorado, Cain actually earned a loss for once. The loss comes on the heels of dropping two of three to the Nationals. [SFGate]
  • After winning the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers, the A’s fell to the Angels. Ervin Santana dominated. There’s a sentence you won’t see again for a while. [ESPN]
  • In the U.S. Open, the men’s bracket is going predictably, more or less: Federer-Roddick and Nadal-Djokovic showdowns loom. In the ladies’ tourney, the Williams sisters are alive and well, but play big matches tonight. [Official Site]
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Clickery: A Busy, Busy Weekend

August 20, 2007

Lots happened this weekend, so in case you spent the weekend in the backyard trying to make a pond habitat for your toy dinosaurs, here’s a quick recap. More on everything later today.

  • The 49ers played their offensive starters for most of the first half in the annual Battle of the Bay. Alex Smith and the entire offense looked impressive, but the defense looked shaky all around. In the end, the San Francisco reserves scored with 47 seconds left to pull off a 26-21 victory at the ‘Stick. [SFGate]
  • The Giants, winners of four in a row, try to complete a four-game sweep of the Marlins today. Bochy’s Boys have looked awful good lately. Barry Estes tossed his best game of the year on Friday, Barry Bonds hit #760 on Saturday and the Sunday kids took advantage of three Florida errors in the seventh inning yesterday.
  • Whew! The A’s barely avoided a sweep at the hands of your Kansas City Royals.
  • Rumor has it that Warriors backup guard/former Euro superstar/former playoffs cheerleader Sarunas Jasikevicius has reached an agreement with Olympiakos. This could mean that the Euro team would buy out his contract, which would be yet another encouraging long-term salary cap move for the W’s. Story developing. [Golden State of Mind]

Clickery: “Beckham CAN Bend It!”

August 16, 2007
  • Becks scored his first goal in his first start for the Galaxy. We have to say that the goal itself is pretty impressive (and bendy), but even more remarkable is that Beckham totally seized the “storybook” storyline (unlike a certain “Barry B.” who dragged it out over weeks). Everyone wanted him to score and he came through in superstar form. The entire world knew what he was going to do and he still did it. That’s special. [ESPN]
  • Not one to be outdone, Bonds hit #759 and the Giants lost yet again (ok, they were outdone). The Gigantes are now 17.5 games out of first place. They had better make their move soon. [SFGate]
  • Kurt Suzuki! Your favorite rookie catcher and ours, Kurt Suzuki went yard as the A’s beat the ChiSox 3-2. Huston Street struck out the side in the ninth. Kurt Suzuki! [SFGate]
  • A 54-year-old Japanese biker rode a mile with noticing that his leg had been severed below the knee. His friend had to pick up the wanton limb. [Reuters]

All-Star News Roundup

July 10, 2007

Lots of baseball news from the around the Bay today, so here’s a nice big linkdump.

  • Barry Bonds is always fun when he holds press conferences while on his happy pills. There’s a plethora of gems in Scott Ostler’s article in the Chronicle today, including his take on whether making the All-Star team is vindication against critics: “No. No, not at all. Not one bit. I’m gonna have the best time of my life. I’ve had the best time in San Francisco, can’t be better, best relationships on the planet, these people I grew up with, you can’t turn my friends against me, people in this town grew up together, we’re deeper than just me and a uniform, way deeper.” Aw shucks, Barry! [SFGate]
  • Bud Selig has finally said that he will attend the record-breaking game. [Deadspin]
  • Lots of local boys will be front and center tonight: Dan Haren, starting pitcher for the American League squad, is very happy to be included in the party. [SFGate]
  • A’s fans are thinking that they should have seen this coming. [Athletics Nation]
  • Rich “the new Mark Prior”Harden isn’t so good at rehabbing. [The FanHouse]
  • Barry Zito didn’t have the “best” first half possible. He “struggled” mightily. So the Giants will drop their Opening Day starter to the fifth slot in the rotation. [The FanHouse]
  • Here’s the real story about that guy who ran on the field to hug Barry Bonds. Turns out he wasn’t a bum. Just a hippie! [100% Injury Rate]
  • It’s kind of weird to think that tonight will be the first time that Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr will share an outfield. [ESPN]
  • The Giants seem to be on the short list of possible destinations for A-Rod. [NY Daily News]
  • OK, kayaking in the cove was hip like five years ago. We get it. [Page 2]
  • Who are the top 10 Giants of all time? [McCovey Chronicles]
  • We’re starting to sense that Jerry Rice likes to stay busy. [SFGate]
  • Oh, and chalk up the above video to the new phenom unearthed by Deadspin.

Clickery: Bay Bridge Series Hangover Edition

May 21, 2007

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  • Has the Giants-A’s “rivalry” lost its luster? [Giants Talk]
  • After Friday night’s suckfest (yes, we said suckfest–wanna fight about it?), where do you lie on the Zito-Worry-O-Meter? We’re somewhere between a five (“5 – Okay, I’m a little worried. He’s a good pitcher, and even though I’m not crazy about the contract, I still think he’ll do well this season.”) and a seven (7 – I had no idea his control was this spotty. I knew he didn’t like to bite off a ton of the strike zone, but I thought that was by choice. If his control doesn’t get better, it’s not going to turn around. And they don’t make a designer drug that magically gives you better control. Believe me, I’ve looked.). Conventional wisdom says that would be a six, but whatever. In either case, about that $115 million … [McCovey Chronicles]
  • Mark Teixeira would most certainly look good in a Giants uniform. What would it take to end the Pedro Feliz era though? Noah Lowry, we’re looking at you. Yay or nay? Would you pull the trigger on that (general) deal? [The FanHouse]
  • If Barry Bonds ever leaves the Giants, he has a friend in Kansas City’s Mark Sweeney, who calls the slugger a “class act.” We can picture it now: Barry Bonds, Kansas City Royals Designated Hitter. [SJ Merc]
  • RBI Baseball, revisited. Oh, how we pine for those blithe days of yesteryear and Julio Franco. What? [100% Injury Rate]
  • In a discussion of the most lopsided trades ever, ESPN Page 2 writer Jonah Keri brings up a painful memory: “If that deal doesn’t cut it, several readers offered up the Twins’ trade of A.J. Pierzynski to the Giants for Joe Nathan, Boof Bonser and Francisco Liriano. Let’s see, Nathan is one of the top closers in baseball, Bonser is the Twins’ No. 2 starter and ranks sixth in the AL in strikeouts, and Liriano at times looked more dominant than Johan Santana last season before going under the knife for elbow surgery and is expected to make a full recovery by next season. Meanwhile, Pierzynski remains one of the league’s better offensive catchers — with the White Sox. Yup, that works too.” Fabulous, just fabolous. [ESPN]
  • Nick Swisher now has 90% less hair and 100% better karma. [ESPN]
  • So, Jason Kendall, about your lack of offense … [Athletics Nation]
  • Breaking: the De Anza baseball rape case has been dismissed. [SFGate]

Clickery: The Weekend That Was

May 7, 2007
  • The Tim Lincecum Era didn’t start with a bang, but the Giants still managed to split the four-game set with the Phils despite a Sunday night loss. His line: 5 1/3 innings, 5 runs, 5 walks, 5 K’s and 100 pitches, including one that topped 100 on the radar gun. More on the Giants later. [SFGate]
  • Nick Swisher and his increasingly long hair hit another homerun yesterday as the A’s took two of three from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. [SFGate]
  • During the 7th inning stretch at Yankee Stadium, Roger Clemens announced to the crowd that he was coming back for $28,000,022. The last two digits match his uniform number. Classy guy, that Rog. He’ll be 45 in August. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the entire Giants starting rotation (Zito, Morris, Ortiz, Lowry, Cain) is making a total of $22,395,00 this year. [ESPN]
  • Mayweather beat De La Hoya in a pretty entertaining fight on Saturday night, despite the inevitable and predictable grumblings for a sequel. [Youtube]
  • The NBA Playoffs continued. The Jazz beat the Rockets to earn the right to face your Golden State Warriors (tonight). Meanwhile, the Cavs, Pistons and Spurs all won their first games in the second round.
  • No, this won’t jinx anything. Not. A. Thing. [100% Injury Rate]
  • Brady Quinn’s girlfriend is getting more mockery attention than she ever dreamed of. Poor girl. Unless you believe all the rumors. Because then she seems kinda mean. [Kissing Suzy Kolber]
  • Oh, and something happened with the Sharks and that hockey business. [SFGate]

Clickery: Blogs Are On The Internets Now

May 1, 2007
  • Among other things, the accused steroid dealer who used to work for the New York Mets said he could write a tell-all book better than Jose Canseco’s memoir. Kevin McReynolds is shitting a brick right now. [Steroid Nation]
  • The always excellent Henry Abbot sheds more light on the Cuban-Nelson feud, in case you want some (more) anti-Dallas fodder for tonight’s game. Nellie’s got about $6.6 million in fodder. [True Hoop]
  • How can you not pity the Warriors East Washington Wizards? They deserved better than a season-ending sweep at the hands of the injury gods. Plus, Antawn and Gilbert are some of the only departed Bay Area sports figures who we really still look upon fondly … along with Brian Cardinal of course. [Mister Irrelevant]
  • Well, this kind of takes the suspense out of the upcoming NFL season. Thanks a lot guys. [Kissing Suzy Kolber]
  • Dear Will Leitch, thank you for cursing the Warriors. No, really. [Deadspin]
  • The Beard is slowly taking over the world. [The FanHouse]
  • The Giants’ bullpen, ranked by your confidence in them. Despite living in Lincecum’s shadow, reliever Dan Giese has been impressive in the minors. [McCovey Chronicles]