Posts Tagged ‘game’

It’s Official: San Francisco’s Recent Super Bowl 50 Corporate Party for the NFL was a “SUPER BUST,” per Our Castro Merchants and Others

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Well, here’s my memory of SFGov’s recent free-to-the-NFL hosting of Super Bowl L:

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(I think this one is from shanand.)

But the grown-up rich kids running our local “Host Committee” (who of course don’t want to reimburse SFGov) think everything went so great for us that we’ll be ready to do this whole thing over again as soon as five years from now – Super Bowl LV let’s say.

But we haven’t even cleaned up all the garbage yet, and we haven’t had time to add up all our losses.

Oh well.

Oh look, our Castro merchants are now weighing in on what they’re calling Super Bust 50.” See?

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“As the Super Let Down after Super Bowl 50 starts to fade, let’s remember who is going to end up paying the biggest price for Santa Clara hosting this huge sporting event – – we are: local merchants, especially in The Castro.  But, we are not alone, we hear, as local merchant associations all over San Francisco report down, soft revenues during SB50.  From all over The Castro and Upper Market neighborhood, I’ve heard from fellow merchants.  The nine days of official SB50 events in the City ballooned, for us, into over three weeks of SB50-related interruptions.  Customer traffic (locals and visitors alike) and revenues were some of their slowest on record during what had been promised as a “busy time.”   Nightmare predictions of over-crowded streets and traffic jams kept Bay Area local folks out of San Francisco.  Running “Bustitues” instead of the F Line historic streetcars between The Castro and Ferry Building for over three weeks further hurt our area’s local and visitor traffic and revenues.”

Read all about it at our Market Street Railway.

I’ll tell you, I was in the office one time when a Marin County realtor* tried to screw over an Area Attorney by trying tack on about $3000 to the attorney’s own executed deal for him to buy a house. The realtor was like, “Well, it loks like you don’t want this deal then, Sir.”

This was his reaction:

“I’m going to sue you. I’m going to sue your supervising broker. I’m going to sue your brokerage. I’m going to sue…”

And then, magically, poof, all the supposed necessary fees went away. This is how an attorney represents an attorney’s own personal interests.

Now, do I think that the attorneys who negotiated this lousy deal between SFGov and the NFL represented We The People the way they represent themselves when, say they buy a house for themselves? No, not at all. They view this corporate party as a way to please certain parties and as a way to have fun and excitement themselves, a way to show that our not so large city is actually in fact “world-class” and a way to compensate themselves for all the stress and strain involved with putting up with us, Us The People.

Oh well.

Oh hey, is our hotel tax a one-for-one substitute for our SB50-reduced sales tax revenue for our suffering Castro merchants and others? NOT AT ALL! Take a look at where the revenue goes – some of it gets siphoned off, instead of going to run SFGov / pay our unfunded pension liabilities etc.

Oh well

At least we’re not going to get the Olympics…

*Always lower-case. This is the only entry in my stylebook.

You Can’t Keep Flappy Bird Down – Remember, Christmas is Coming – Recalling the Biggest App of 2013

Friday, November 20th, 2015

This is Flappybird’s last hurrah, I’m afraid.

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2013 is now long, long ago…

The Kubb Bros of Golden Gate Park – Jeux Sans Frontieres – From Scandinavia, With Love

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

More dudes, relative to gals, this year:

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It’s a knockout.

Kubb Fever – Catch It!

Florida Man Takes Frisco by Storm: Meet Erick Brown & “Deer,” His Pygmy Goat – They’re All Over Town These Days

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Hey look, it’s Erick “Rockclub” Brown and his goat named Deer, straight outta the Florida Panhandle.

Here they are in the Sunset last month and, via lovely Andria Borba of KPIX 5 CBS, in The City Part Of Town just yesterday, and (literally) on Fell Street a couple days back:

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All the deets:

Erick Brown talks about Deer his goat

Man reunited with pet goat

And you know People Magazine? Well they have a Pets Section now. It’s called “PeoplePets.” Srsly:

WATCH: Florida Man and His Goat Share Rainbow Robe-Filled Reunion

All right, let’s bid adieu, as Erick and Deer strut through a four-on-four pickup blacktop game in our Panhandle:

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Take a look at the ballers – click to expand if necessary. They all have the same HEY-BRO-GET-OFF-THE-COURT-WHOA-A-GOAT EXPRESSION, IMO.

Bon courage, Erick

Bon courage, Deer

READER NOTES: Are you aware of the Growing Urban Goat Movement? Check it:

Sarah Hawkins breeds and sells a specific variety of miniature goats. “The Nigerian Dwarf can be for pets and for milk,” says Hawkins, “and for eating weeds – they’ll eat yellow star thistle.” Hawkins owns Castle Rock Farm in Vacaville. Most of her customers live in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland where it’s legal to keep goats in backyards.

And hey, you know who loves urban goats? SFGov, that’s who. Read up our even-toed ungulate laws here:

Regulations on the Keeping of Goats and Other Hoofed Animals by the San Francisco Department of Public Health

“Keeping two or less female goats on private property is legally allowed in San Francisco for the exclusive use of the owner’s family. Keeping more than two female goats or any number of male goats and other hoofed animals (e.g. Horse, mare, gelding, mule, burro, sheep, cow, etc) requires appropriate approval and stable permit according to the San Francisco Health Code. Goats can also be temporarily allowed on public projects for weed clearing and fire hazard abatement activities by special permit with the agency landowner.”

SUPER BOWL 50 CELEBRATION Kicks Off Sept 10th – ELLIE GOULDING AND TRAIN Play Justin Herman Plaza – Free Concert

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

At 4:30 PM on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 you can head over to Justin Herman Plaza to see Ellie Goulding and Train perform live.

Hey, you know who’s hosting Super Bowl 50? That’s right, “the San Francisco Bay Area” is. (Shhh. Don’t tell our SFGov City Family about that.)

Speaking of which, SFGov is probably looking forward to getting some national attention for something other than the shooting of Kathryn Steinle.

All the deets:

“2015 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY HYUNDAI” TO CELEBRATE START OF THE NFL SEASON AND NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS’ SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
NATIONWIDE KICKOFF TO SUPER BOWL 50 CELEBRATION
ELLIE GOULDING AND TRAIN TO PERFORM LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO
NBC’S FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA KICKS OFF SEASON AT GILLETTE STADIUM
NBC/NFL Network Special on Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Precedes NFL Kickoff Game:
PITTSBURGH STEELERS vs. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

The NFL kicks off both its 96th season and the season-long celebration of Super Bowl
50 with “2015 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY HYUNDAI” – 7:30 PM ET Thursday,
September 10, it was announced Sunday night during NBC’s national broadcast of the
annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game. Festivities will take place in both New England, home
of the Super Bowl XLIX champion Patriots, and the San Francisco Bay Area, host of
Super Bowl 50.

Celebrations will begin in San Francisco with a free concert featuring multi-platinum
singer-songwriter ELLIE GOULDING and San Francisco’s own Grammy Award-winning
band TRAIN live at Justin Herman Plaza across from the historic Ferry Building. The
musical performances and activations in San Francisco are part of the year-long On
The Fifty campaign dedicated to celebrating the Super Bowl and commemorating Super
Bowl 50.

Performances by Goulding and Train will be featured in simulcast coverage of a 60-
minute pregame show from New England 7:30 – 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL
Network. The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from
Verizon.

The concert and pregame show lead into the season opener between the Pittsburgh
Steelers and Patriots at Gillette Stadium (NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra on desktop and
tablet, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET).

This is the 14th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 11th time the
NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on
a Thursday in primetime. As part of the Kickoff events leading up to Super Bowl XL ten
years ago, the NFL incorporated musical performances from Los Angeles (home to the
first Super Bowl), Detroit (host of Super Bowl XL) and New England (which won Super
Bowl XXXIX).

Television’s most-watched studio show, NBC’s Football Night in America, will be live onsite
in New England.

Fans nationwide will participate in Kickoff festivities leading up to the season’s first
games. For example, in Chicago the Bears will host the “2015 Super Bears Shuffle 5K”
at Soldier Field, while Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will be home to the “Ravens Kickoff
Party” at Power Plant Live. In Pittsburgh, the Steelers will host the “Gatorade-Steelers
5K” at Heinz Field benefiting the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund. These are just a few
examples of the many ways teams and fans are getting back to football.

2015 NFL KICKOFF will be produced by RICKY KIRSHNER, the Executive Producer of
the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows, and directed by GREGG GELFAND.
In addition to presenting sponsor Hyundai, top tier sponsors for the NFL’s Kickoff
platform include Bridgestone, Bud Light, McDonalds, Microsoft, Pepsi, Snickers,
Verizon and Visa.

Media may visit nflmedia.com to apply for credentials to cover the “2015 NFL Kickoff”
concert. The credential deadline is Friday, August 28. Media interested in covering the
game may apply for credentials through the Patriots.

Visit NFL.com/Tickets for tickets to NFL games.

Golden Gate Park Update: Collegiate Muggle Quidditch or Post-Collegiate Corporate Team-Building?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

This one’s too close to call:

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5000+ Volunteers Wanted for 2016 Super Bowl Week – Here’s How to Sign Up – But Your Rewards Will Be Few

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

See below. I’ve bolded the relevant portions – you’re welcome!

Basically, your carrot for volunteering is this:

One (1) Super Bowl 50 volunteer uniform (Generic “VISA” windbreaker + generic shirt + generic cap)

Two (2) tickets to the NFL Experience. (Act all surprised when they present them to you. I guess that’s a SPOILER for you. Sorry about that, Chief.)

In exchange for that, here are the sticks what will lessen your ardor for becoming an unpaid worker for millionaires and billionaires. I call it the 0-1-2-3 Plan!

Zero (0) gigs available inside the stadium on Game Day AND  zero (0) tickets available to compensate workers. (Oh. So why would people volunteer then? I’m not getting this.)

One (1) background check required, of you. (You can’t have multiple domestic violence convictions and then expect to labor for the NFL, right?)

Two (2) or more (moar?!) unpaid training session(s) required before Super Bowl Week. (Who knows, you might be “leadership” material, and that would lead to extra training. In this case, feel free to add this experience to your LinkedIn next year as supervisory experience, I’m srsly.)

Three (3) shifts (minimum) required to fulfill your obligations. (I don’t know how they could compel you to actually show up after you get your swag – perhaps that mechanism will be in all the paperwork you’ll be signing.)

So how the heck is the NFL going to get thousands and thousands of people to sign up for this?

Anyway, take a look – here’s your consideration, here’s your compensation: SWAG! (It’ll be just like last year’s, one supposes.)

Hey, what about the drugs? It’s not a prob:

 “We do not require a drug test in order to participate as a volunteer

OK then. (The NFL certainly doesn’t seem to mind some drugs, anyway.)

(You know, of all the events our local Establishment works years and years on, you know, to bring EXCITEMENT to the bay area, a Santa Clara Super Bowl is prolly the best. Like, it’s not a small-time scam like an America’s Cup (cost to tax and fee payers = eight (8) figures) and it’s not a big-time scam like a corrupt Summer Olympics (cost to tax and fee payers = eleven (11) figures). So things could be worse. I can’t say I approve of all the deets in the secret NFL contract what brings the SB to SC, but a Super Bowl is a real event that won’t require new stadiums, so that’s nice.)

All right, all the deets:

“SUPER BOWL 50 HOST COMMITTEE CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS 

5000+ Volunteers Needed for the Bay Area’s Super Bowl Week

SAN FRANCISCO — Today the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee opens its Volunteer Program application process. The Host Committee is calling for 5,000+ volunteers to welcome guests to the Bay Area and provide them with a helping hand during Super Bowl Week, which begins January 30, 2016.

The official volunteer application is available on the Host Committee’s website at www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/volunteer.

According to the Host Committee, a variety of volunteer opportunities and shifts will be available to accommodate the skills and schedules of volunteers. Volunteers will be stationed around the Bay Area in hotels, airports, major tourist destinations, and ferry and train terminals. Volunteers will also be stationed at Super Bowl City in San Francisco and the South Bay during Super Bowl Week. On Game Day, the NFL will not require any volunteer support inside the stadium.

“We are looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers to help us give a warm welcome to more than one million visitors during Super Bowl Week,” said Keith Bruce, CEO for the Host Committee. “Volunteers are key ambassadors for both Super Bowl 50 and the Bay Area, so we are looking to build a volunteer corps that showcases the tremendous diversity, spirit and character of our communities.”

Volunteers will receive a free Super Bowl 50 volunteer uniform, as well as volunteer training in advance of Super Bowl Week. Volunteers will not receive tickets for Super Bowl 50.

All participants must be available to work at least three volunteers shifts. While most of the volunteer opportunities will be available for participants who are at least 18 years old, there are also a limited number of opportunities for youth ages 14-17. All participants must also undergo a background check.

About the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee:

Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including public exhibits, planning of game day logistics and Super Bowl City, its fan village in San Francisco. The Host Committee will donate 25% of every dollar raised to Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through 50 Fund. To be hosted in the state-of-the-art Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016, Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated through a series of events that showcase all the Bay Area has to offer. For more information, visit www.sfbaysuperbowl.com.

And here’s the site, complete with “256 SSL bit encryption.”*

“The Host Committee is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to serve in a number of capacities. Whatever your interest, talent or background, there is an opportunity waiting for you!

The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Volunteer Program is officially accepting applications!

Apply to be a Volunteer HERE.

Please keep in mind that submission of an application does not guarantee a volunteer role.

Please know that our application system is protected with a 256 SSL bit encryption. To view our security, clicking the “Verified & Secured” icon in the footer of the application.

Have questions? Check out our #SB50 Volunteer Program FAQ

If you are interested in learning more about the Volunteer program, please sign up for our newsletter below and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Read more at http://www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/volunteer/#sLJGwSXUBQe63Jrj.99″

*Uh, how about 256-bit SSL encryption instead, NFL?

How Riding Market Street Amongst the Buses and Double-Parked Delivery Vehicles is Like the Arcade Game Dragon’s Lair

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Left and right and right and left – you have some choices to make. And you have to look out bike riders who chose not to choose and just stop where they are:

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Just saying.

NBC Spoils Its Own Internet Broadcast: Super Bowl XLIX Shown Time-Delayed, But the Score Ticker is Updated in Real Time

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

[UPDATE: Slate weighs in: NBC’s Super Bowl Live Stream Was Hugely Popular. It Was Also Terrible. By Will Oremus. OhI guess a couple interruptions delayed my feed so I could have pressed a button to catch up and then have had only a 30-second delay. IMO, this NBC live stream was BTN, Better Than Nothing – consider that praise if you want.]

Here’s a screen grab from NBC’s webcast of today’s Super Bowl:

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So if you had noticed the live score seen at the top of the screen, then you’d have known that the Seattle drive you were watching would end, SPOILER ALERT, in a field goal.

Cord cutting* comes at a price, so very high.

Just saying.

*Believe it or not, my town, the second-largest in the northern half of the state, has no NBC affiliate, so my aging 70 inch Sharp has zero chance of receiving KNTV out of San Joser using my rabbit ears, as I’m on the wrong side of Twin Peaks. Plus, I can’t go satellite as I have no view of the southern sky. And Comcast, well, Comcast is the Devil. Now last year, that was different, that was par-tay time (at least until the end, the very end of the game) at 720p on a decent, non-spoiler network. But this year, meh. Oh well.

Know Your Foxes and Know Your Coyotes of Golden Gate Park – Both are Harmless – Tail Up or Tail Down?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Get your 2015 coyote update from Hoodline.

Coyotes are small, brownish, wild dogs, basically. They run with their non-bushy tails held down.

Thusly, as seen on JFK Drive near the Bison Paddock, shortly before Fish and Game plumb blew this critter away, with a rifle:

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Lots of people don’t notice them, cause they hide most of the time. And sometimes, off-leash dog people flush them out, with bad results…

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But coyotes is harmless, despite what any SF Chronicle columnist from Walnut Creek might imply.

Years ago, I invited people to send in their photos of foxes and people only sent in photos of coyotes ID’ed as foxes, oh well. Moving on … to real foxes.

I’ll tell you, the Presidio has gray foxes, I understand, but I’ve never seen a gray fox.

Gray foxes belong in the bay area as a native species. OTOH, red foxes are exotics brought here for hunting.

The foxes seen over the years in GGP are all red, and they’re smaller than coyotes, and they run with their bushy tails held higher. Thusly:

As seen in GGP’s Strybing Arboretum, back before they changed their name and started charging admission:

This critter here was killed crossing over Crossover Drive, I believe, back in the aughts:

From about 175 feet away from the Primitive Garden in GGP. She’ll see you before you see her:

I haven’t seen the red foxes of GGP for a good long time. They took a hit when Rec and Park put out poison to kill vermin, like rats and mice.

Maybe I’ll never see a fox in Golden Gate Park ever again.

But coyotes, we’ve got tons of those. Just keep your pup on a leash and away from the coyotes and everything should be fine.

(Or simply tell the coyotes to “get the fuck out of here” – your choice.)