Archive for the ‘sports’ Category

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…

Last Year, SFPD Cops in the Mission District ENABLED Skateboard Bombing at Dolores Park – This Year NOT – Why is That?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Last year:

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Instead of shutting it down, the police actually blocked off motorized vehicular traffic for an hour or so. They even moved their blockade from 20th street to 21st, allowing everyone to smash down the hill from the top. With all of the recent chaos in the world going on, this was a nice change of interaction between the public and the police.”

The cops treated a hill bomb like a Critical Mass event.

But this year:

So what’s the diff?

THE HAPPINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER: Bay Area Marketers, You Want THIS GUY Representing Your Products

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

These were your leaders in the 40th Annual San Francisco Marathon in a foggy Golden Gate Park the other day:

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But look, eventual winner Jorge Maravilla of Mill Valley

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…looked as happy as a clam ONLY HALFWAY THROUGH:

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(This is unusual.)

Congratulations, runners!

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.