Darting here and there …
–Whoa, so what might a sportswriter who covers the Warriors on a fairly regular basis get to wear that little Rakuten patch? We’re easy. Would settle for quite a bit less than $20 mil a year, just a short stack of green.
–We’d even wear a little bigger patch than that dinky thing. For that kind of jack, we’d even get a Rakuten tat. Text us.
–Heck, in Spain, Rakuten got more than a patch. It got the whole uniform front from FC Barcelona.
–With the addition of their new “The Town” jersey honoring Oakland, the Warriors are well on their way to having a different uni for all 41 home games.
–Wouldn’t it be something if they just wore one that said “Oakland” for once?
–Bob Myers direct quote from Warriors’ Rakuten presser: “Basketball has taken me all over the world, and I hope it can take us to Japan at some point.” Wait, before you even move to San Francisco?
–The Clippers, not to be upstaged by their northern rivals, quickly struck a deal to wear a patch for Top Ramen, the breakfast of collegians.
–We can’t wait to see which NBA team wears the NicoDerm patch.
–The way it’s going, you wonder if the Raiders would ever consider leasing Rakuten the open space on their eye patch. Right, we know, we shouldn’t be giving Mark Davis ideas.
–C’mon, people. That iffy opener is why the 49ers hired John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan for six years, not six days.
–If the Niners are looking for shade answers in the East stands at Levi’s Stadium, the A’s have some tarps they’re not using anymore.
–This would be our Levi’s solution, though: A really large overhang made of blue denim. Need a little sun? Just pull down the giant zipper. And if it fades or develops some holes, hey … stylish. In the clothing stores, they even charge extra for that.
–Pierre Garcon has some distinct Anquan Boldin after-the-catch qualities, and when Marquise Goodwin can bring his hands up to speed with his feet, the Niners will be on to something at wideout.
–Just another reason we never pay any attention to NFL preseason games: The Raiders went 0-4, looked terrible, then rolled out their best, most polished-looking opener in years when it counted.
–And what a great Week 2 development for the Raiders, finally putting Penn to paper.
–With Marshawn Lynch, we’ve long believed Burst Mode was as critical to his success as Beast Mode. Clearly, after his opening performance, he still has a lot left of both.
–The NFL didn’t care for much for Lynch’s Dirty Bird II gensture, though. He earned a $12,000 fine for, or six grand for each finger.
–Meanwhile, Latavius Murray spent most of Week 1 watching the man who beat him out in Minnesota for the starting job, rookie Dalvin Cook. Murray’s totals: 2 carries, 6 yards. Think Latavius may have some regrets?
–Giorgio Tavecchio. O Sole Mio My-oh. We’ve never seen Jack Del Rio look so tickled-o on a football sideline-o.
–Truly crazy that the Jets come into town with Josh McCown as their starting quarterback. He was Oakland’s starting QB a full 10 years ago, as part of the brief but horrifically memorable Lane Kiffin Era.
–Just thinking about that time gets us all misty-eyed and nostalgic about the demise of overhead projectors.
–Beth Mowins was pretty stellar in her regular-season NFL lead broadcaster breakthrough. Too bad she got saddled with Rex Ryan as her sidekick.
–Oakland’s Giancarlo? Matt Olson’s 18 home runs over 157 at-bats entering Friday projects to 57 homers over 500 ABs. Still only 23 years old, A’s fans, won’t even be 30 by the time the new ballpark opens. We hope, anyway.
–Matt Chapman’s 12 homers in 236 at-bats only projects to 25 over 500 at-bats, but we expect a 40-homer campaign from him – at least one – in the not too distant future. Like maybe next summer?
–It may be the ultimate indignity of the Giants’ year: They allowed baseball’s 2017 version of the Titanic, the Dodgers, to right their ship.
–Sorry, Giants, wins achieved after 2 a.m. don’t count at our house. Didn’t you hear last call?
–That late-night game was pretty cool, though. For one thing, it’s the first thunder we’ve heard at AT&T Park all year.
–When the Giants claimed Engelb Vielma off waivers from the Twins, honest, this was our first thought: They acquired somebody who spells his name backwards.
–Sad state of affairs that what might actually be the boxing match of the decade – the Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez middleweight title bout Saturday night – will barely draw a third of the pay-per-view numbers the Mayweather-McGregor sham yielded. This is the one to watch for real fight fans. The other one was for the punch drunks.
–Finally, Oakland better get that ballpark built before the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles or it’s going to be really embarrassing. For that matter, they’d better beat Paris in ’24, eh?
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