Archive for the ‘sports’ Category

World Famous Mavericks Surf Competition Could be a GO – Between January 3 and February 28, 2018, Weather Permitting – Women Invited for the First Time

Friday, December 29th, 2017

This is news to me, if not to you. Via Elliott Almond:

HALF MOON BAY — The big-wave surf contest at Mavericks is a go for the upcoming winter season and it’s going to include women for the first time. The World Surf League announced Monday it has added the popular contest as the fourth event on its Big Wave Tour calendar for the 2017-18 season.

And here’s the latest:

HALF MOON BAY — The big-wave surf contest at famed break Mavericks has received approval from various government agencies and will be held between Jan. 3 and Feb. 28, the World Surf League announced Thursday.

If not the beginning of 2018, perhaps at the end…

(I guess they are keeping the name Titans of Mavericks.)

This was as close as I got, back in the Aughts:

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It’s a special event of course.

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Tink good toughts and then maybe everything will come together once again…

Only In Frisco: Shredding Though Costco #144 on a Skateboard

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Think it was Herb Caen who did Only In Frisco, or Only in Marin, one of those.

In any event, as seen south of Market:

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One of These Things is Not Like the Other

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

One of These Things Just Doesn’t Belong:

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All ball sports, with one exception:

ONLY IN FRISCO: Playing Frisbee Golf in the Rain – “Watch For Flying Discs,” Man

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

There I was on an old bridle path in GGP and I came upon this:

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And dig it, man – ppl are playing frisbee gold in the rain today, man:

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Groovy, man.

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…

Oh, All It Takes to Turn GOLF into a SPORT is the Simple Addition of an Electric Bicycle

Friday, November 10th, 2017

‘Cause I don’t think walking about and/or driving a cart is all that sporty, huh?

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As seen in Lincoln Park, where we pulled up grave sites to put up a golf course.

Ah, golf.

BEST SKATEBOARD EVER: It’s Shaped Like Homer Simpson’s Head

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Ears, jowls, the whole thing:

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Cadillac Ranch, Los Angeles County

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

As seen from the I-5:

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A paintball range

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Goat Boy, Frisco

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

I’ll get out there this weekend with some drywall stilts, see if I can keep up…

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A Brief History of Some San Franciscans’ Attempts to have us Host a Summer Olympics – Plus, a Glimmer of Hope for 2028

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

From the Big Bang to 1999:

Nothing much happened AFAIK.

In the year 2000, in the year 2000:

A half-assed attempt was begun to host the 2012 Olympics in San Francisco. It failed around 2003.

2003:

The same people started trying for 2016. It involved Mayor Gavin Newsom and a new stadium for the then-San Francisco 49er’s. It didn’t work out. (Then the Niners moved to Santa Clara – things haven’t worked out Down There either, not yet.)

Sometime later:

The same people tried for 2024. It looked like this:

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But it didn’t work out yet again. Frisco made it to the Final Four (as far as the U.S. bid people were concerned), but then ended up coming in third place. So yeah, Boston got the nod, but then the people of Boston weighed in. So then Boston looked to be out. Then there was talk of a joint hosting by Los Angeles and San Francisco, but where would you have all the pomp / circumstance – in L.A. of course, right? Well, official Frisco didn’t like that. So then the USOC gave L.A. the right to be the sole American bid for 2024.

Then the Frisco people were all sore. So they even wished that Los Angeles would lose. Why? Well, it was going to be a loooooong time before the IOC even considered coming back to Cali if Los Angeles hosted in 2024. The Bay Area Olympics people would simply try again for 2028 after Paris won for 2024.

Then all the other serious international contenders for 2024 dropped out, so it became obvious that Paris would host. Then, all concerned (NBC included – it really wanted another U.S. Olympics before its contract runs out) cut a tentative deal that had Los Angeles host in 2028. This is the worst result possible for Frisco’s chances of a future Olympics. I’m thinking maybe the year 2060 would be about as soon as this could happen.

Nowadays:

So now the talk is about having San Francisco host a few events at the soon-to-be-new Mission Bay arena of the Oakland Warriors, or someplace like that. And I’m sure that they’re pondering which other sports would be appropriate for the Frisco Bay area. This would allow for the tiniest amount of Oly Fever, but nothing like the raging infection we’d have if we were hosting or even full-on co-hosting a Summer Olympiad.

So that’s it. You can debate whether San Francisco hosting would have cost us 10 or 11 figures, you know, somewhere around there. But, fortunately for the People of the City and County of San Francisco, we are OUT of contention, at least until most of you Gentle Readers are dead.

DEAD DEAD DEAD!

At this point I’ll attest that I have no beef against Sport in general and/or The Olympics in particular. It’s just that it would have cost us billions and billions to host the 2024 Olympics, so I’m very happy that we got off of this carousel after Area Millionaires were only able to get SFGov to spend mere millions and millions on all these fruitless efforts.

In closing Plus Dur, Meilleur, Plus Rapide, Plus Fort

WALDO GRADE: Don’t Tell the Skateboarders of Dolores Park that This is What 101 North Looks Like During a Marathon

Monday, July 31st, 2017

This is Marin County down the hill from the Robin Williams / Rainbow / Waldo Tunnel and up the hill from the Golden Gate Bridge during the 2017 San Francisco Marathon:

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And here’s how fast you can go on a small hill.

And if you started on the other side of the tunnel, you’d have a mile of downhill skating (before you killed yourself).

Anyway, it’s rare to see such an empty, hilly stretch of freeway in the daytime…