Posts Tagged ‘Warriors’

You Think You’re a Fan, Man? – Well, This Driver has Got You Beat – All Bases Covered Here

Monday, October 16th, 2017

A Trifecta of Fandom:

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Nothing beats the Oakland Warriors + the San Francisco Giants + the Santa Clara 49ers all together, man.

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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

How Wrong is Oakland Warriors Co-Owner Peter Guber About the “Certainty” of “E-Sports” Video Gaming Becoming “an Olympic Sport in 2020?” – VERY

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Here you go:

Gaming revolution: Millennials make e-sports billion-dollar business By Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle February 1, 2017

And here’s the problem:

“Let me say something very provocative — I think there is a high certainty e-sports will be an Olympic sport in 2020.”

Well first of all, when did video games become a “sport?” Which of course is:

an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Oh so you think video games can fit in there? What about chess then? Let me say something very provocative, Gentle Reader – I think there is a high certainty chess will be an Olympic sport in 2020. That’s the ticket.

And second of all, look for any mention of any video games at all here:

Following the 2012 Games, the IOC assessed the 26 sports held in London, with the remit of selecting 25 ‘core’ sports to join new entrants golf and rugby sevens at the 2020 Games. In effect, this would involve the dropping of one sport from the 2016 Games program. This would leave a single vacancy in the 2020 Games program, which the IOC would seek to fill from a shortlist containing seven unrepresented sports and the removed sport. On 12 February 2013, IOC leaders voted to drop wrestling from the Olympic program, a surprise decision that removed one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896,[26] and even further to the Ancient Olympic Games. The decision to drop wrestling was opposed in many countries and by their NOCs.[27][28][29][30] Wrestling therefore joined other sports in a short list applying for inclusion in the 2020 Games. On 29 May 2013, it was announced that three sports made the final shortlist; squash, baseball/softball, and wrestling.[31] Five other sports (karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu) were excluded from consideration at this point.[32] On 8 September 2013, at the 125th IOC Session, the IOC selected wrestling to be included in the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024. Wrestling secured 49 votes, while baseball/softball secured 24 votes and squash got 22 votes.[33]

So what’s up with that?

And note that the Guber didn’t say by 2020, he said “in 2020.” So I don’t see how it’s even remotely possible that there’s a “certainty” that “E-Sports” video gaming will somehow become “an Olympic sport in 2020.”

ENDOFLINE

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The Legacy of Ed Lee, Highest-Paid Mayor in the Western Hemisphere

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

You used to see this a lot, about two decades ago, and then you didn’t see it, and now you see it again:

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So that’s his “legacy,” in addition to parking the Oakland / Golden State Warriors kitty-corner across the street from UCSF Mission Bay, the better to allow Joe Lacob to raise ticket prices 30-40%. You’ll see.

The Giants, Stephen Curry, and Hillary Rodham Clinton: 2016 was a Tough Year for This Heroes Section of the San Francisco Public Library

Monday, November 21st, 2016

SFPL, Park Branch, Haight Ashbury, USA. (Thanks, Andrew Carnegie, sort of.

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(Oh, maybe that’s not for our San Francisco Giants.)

Anyway, sometimes you win the most games in a year or win the most votes in an election, but you don’t end up winning the big prize at the end.

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Oakland Warriors Pay $25K to Plant Their Logo in Golden Gate Park – See It Starting Sept 10th

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

[UPDATE: Will the new logo be for the Warriors, like this recent effort, or will Centre Court feature something called the “Good Tidings Foundation,” located, oddly, down in the Peninsula. It all has to do with the all-important “donor recognition plan” and the “donor recognition court markings.” Note that there is “no known opposition” to all these square yards of blue paint, mostly ’cause most people don’t know about it yet. Mostly. Oh, and if you wanted local support for your corporate logos from people in the Haight Ashbury area, you’d be better off calling your nonprofit the Good Wiccan Foundation, and I’m srsly. Merry part.]

Here’s how things looked last month, August 2016, at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Basketball Courts:

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And here’s how things looked in late August – new blacktop and new blackboards, about what I expected:

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But oh ho, now it’s all like this – an ocean of blue.

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Warriors Blue:

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Specifically Warriors Royal Blue (#006BB6; RGB: 0,107,182) and Golden Yellow (#FDB927; RGB: 237,23,76).

IDK, man, isn’t that a bit much?

And look, here’s what’s coming – a GSW roundel in the middle. Like this:

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Like what the troubled Brown, Jr., Willie Middle School has, somewhat controversially.

I’ll tell you a story.

Just south of the (formerly) blacktop courts of the Panhandle…

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…lies the Panhandle Playground. It looks like this:

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It’s a Kid’s Kingdom, just like many other playgrounds in America. General Motors paid for it back in the 1990’s. But of course now you can’t see who paid for it because Area Residents chipped away at the dedication plaque until it became illegible. It used to say, “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.”

See what I mean here? This sign was pretty subtle compared with what the Oakland Warriors have in store for us.

How big will the logo be? IDK, exactly. But will it be the largest corporate logo in Golden Gate Park? We’ll see.

Oh what’s that? All this is for Nate Thurmond who just passed on? Well yeah, but it already was for Nate. See?

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This pedestal has been here since the year 2000:

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Somehow, we managed to honor Nate without a sea of blue paint.

Here’s the agreement itself, if case you want to paint GGP in your own corporate colors.

“…a grant-in-place, valued at approximately $25,000 to perform maintenance and repairs to the Courts (the “Grant”) including, without limitation:  Resurfacing the courts  Painting new court lines and center court symbol  Demolishing the existing basketball post and backboard systems  Installing new basketball post and backboard systems…”

Take a look yourself at the contract with SFGov. It says the courts “need” new paint, but, in fact, they didn’t. Paint some new court lines, sure, but where is all this blueness mentioned in the K itself? We managed just fine without the Ocean of Blue we have now and the yellow “symbol” (logo) we’ll soon get, right?

The blue dominates the dojo now, wouldn’t you agree?

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And oh yeah, the regulars don’t like the courts being closed. So they lash out:

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Actually, the courts have been playable for a while now, but I guess they’re still fenced off in anticipation of the ribbon cutting on Saturday. (Oh, and the hoops themselves each have plastic chastity belt covers locked on to prevent any premature use.)

Anyway, here’s your notice:

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All right, let’s leave this scene…

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..and ponder whether GM should be allowed to buy a $25,000 ad on the neighboring Panhandle Playground. After all, GM paid for the playground originally, and they’d even pay for all the materials for their giant logo ad. And what the heck, we could let them paint everything GM Cobalt Blue (#0F3796; 15, 55, 150), as long as they paid for the paint itself, and then Everybody Would Know how great GM is. So what’s the diff between this idea and the actual deal Rec and Park just agreed to?

I’ll tell you, the GSW new logo (one supposes it will be installed afore September 10th, 2016, the day of its coming out party) will be seen, every day, by many many UCSF people from the nearby Parnassus Campus. How do you think they’re going to react when they see it, after all the Warriors have done to screw over UCSF at Mission Bay?

We’ll see.

“GRANT AGREEMENT AND PERMIT TO ENTER Between Good Tidings Foundation and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (dated June 23, 2016 for reference purposes) This Grant Acceptance Agreement and Permit to Enter (the “Agreement”), is dated for reference purposes only as of _________________, 2016, by and between the City and County of San Francisco (“City”), acting through the Recreation and Park Department (the “Department” or “RPD”), and Good Tidings Foundation (“Good Tidings”), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (collectively referred to herein as the “Parties”) yada yada yada…

Here They Are: The Brand-New Oakland Warriors Basketball Hoops in the GGP Panhandle – Reopening Soon

Monday, August 29th, 2016

You’d think the Oakland Warriors would be paying for blacktop ball in, IDK, Oakland?

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Wonder if they’ll be able to advertise here, the way they fixed things at the (failed? failing? improving?) Willie Brown Academy…

We’ll find out Sept 10th.

SAVE THE DATE: Our Oakland Warriors Will Do _Something_ on September 10th, 2016, to Promote Their Move to Frisco

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

One supposes. Somewhere around Golden Gate Park?

Let’s see here, they just did their advertising deal with SFUSD.

And the Panhandle blacktop backboards, well they’re all shut down now, getting refurbished. See?

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And the Oakland Warriors have been on a somewhat offensive charm offensive in Frisco lately, the better to do battle with these people, as the UCSF Mission Bay people wonder about their future.

I suppose we’ll just have to wait ’til September 10th…

Frisco, Oaktown, and Mother Bu – WARRIORS, RAIDERS, 100-Spoke Wheels – 510 in the 415

Monday, July 25th, 2016

A fading Chevy Malibu promotes Oakland’s fading sports giants…

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“Bu; the Bu; Mother Bu nickname Malibu, California”

Useless Make-Work: Four Parking Control Officers Standing About Mission and South Van Ness During the Folsom Street Fair

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The problem here isn’t that this intersection needed a brace of PCO’s – the problem here is that this is a giant three-way intersection near the Folsom Street Fair.

There are four here, all told, all in the southern part of the intersection. What are they doing?

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How are they helping?

Is this SFGov’s way to fix the problem of the Warriors wanting to put their arena right next to already-existing UCSF Mission Bay – they’re just going to bill the Warriors to have four PCOs standing around a bunch of intersections?

How will that help?

IDK.