Archive for the ‘sports’ Category

True Believer, 2017

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

29.5 games behind in the N.L. West, and yet:

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If You Live on a Frisco Cul-de-Sac, You Can Do Anything – Take This Full-Size Basketball Hoop, For Instance

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t have the stones to cement this monstrous contraption into a public sidewalk, but some people, in our Richmond District, do, obvs:

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(I can just hear it: “Car…car…”)

What’d be funny is seeing another hoop installed across this avenue in somebody’s front yard, exactly 84 feet away, you know, for a full-court game. You could tip off around a manhole cover…

Fake News: “CAL WNS”

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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Philemon Cheboi Wins 2017 Alaska Air Bay to Breakers 12K / Community Gathering

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

As seen on left, in the lead halfway:

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Here he is at the finish.

Skateboard Gang, Financial District – If You Want to Appear Like a Professional, Sponsored Boarder, Copy This Look

Friday, May 19th, 2017

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Outrageousness: New Extreme Sport Allows Euros to Skateboard Down Our Cable Car Tracks – Video – “Probably Illegal”

Monday, May 15th, 2017

[UPDATE: All the deets here, including the expected stern reaction from our generally-mismanaged SFMTA MUNI DPT.]

Here the video, de la Mecanique Populaire:

These Skaters Hacked Cobblestone Streets With Boards That Hook Into Tram Tracks – Their ingenious innovation created a new extreme sport.

And a few screengrabs. Any cable car bell ringing you might hear is an admonishment – “Hey Euro, stop that,” one imagines:

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What’s funny is that Dude has a big old handbrake for our extra steep Cable Car hills, but not anywhere else he has journeyed:

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Play us out, PM:

“Their innovation has spread around the world, to cities with tram tracks from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, creating a new extreme sport. Skating like this looks pretty dangerous, and we’d guess that hijacking tram tracks like this is also probably illegal. But it also looks like a whole lot of fun.”

Oh, here it is on YouTube: Cobblestone Riders

Seems a bit corporate

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjqrzakGTqwLpk_WtxQQXww

It’s Come To This: Water Yoga – Grab Your Stand-Up Paddle Board and Pay Attention to the Commodore

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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New Book: NO BOSTON OLYMPICS – How Does It Apply to Cali? – How About NO FRISCO OLYMPICS and NO LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS?

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Here it is:

No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch by Chris Dempsey (Author), Andrew Zimbalist (Author)

Man, does this certainly apply to Frisco’s inchoate effort to host the very same event.

An early review:

Going for the gold: What can we learn from Boston’s flirtation with Olympic glory? It’s a logical question given the millions of dollars and countless hours that business leaders invested in the ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of the 2024 Olympics. This time, it’s the foes doing the asking. No Boston Olympics cofounder Chris Dempsey and Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist wrote a book about Boston’s experience, also titled “No Boston Olympics,” with a launch event planned for April 28.

One warning Dempsey hopes Paris and Los Angeles can heed as they vie for the 2024 Games: the problems inherent in the “boosters’ dilemma.” Certain elements of a bid that can be good for the host community, such as taxpayer protections, can also hurt that city’s prospects with the IOC. There’s also a broader lesson, one that extends far beyond Olympics debates. For major urban projects, a broad consensus should be sought early on. The entire city should be invited to the table, not just those with seats because of their connections.

Yes indeed.

Here’s what Frisco’s effort looked like:

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Do Angelinos want the 2024 Olympics? Well, it’s a long shot, but que sera sera. If that’s what you want, LA, fine.

2014 Flashback: “FORTY Fuckin’ NINERS”

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

2014 seems such a long long time ago these days:

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And speaking of flashing back, the ribald T-shirt is Joe Montana-approved, so there’s that.

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Good-bye Golden Gate BRIDGE THEATRE, Hello “Baseball Academy”

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Nothing lasts forever.

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HIT HARD.”