NY Giants Send Loud & Clear Message to America After Kaepernick Refuses to Stand for National Anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should be disciplined for not standing during the national anthem at a recent game.  In a football league where Christian quarterback Tim Tebow was cut by a team for, in part, being too religious, there ought also be a consequence for disrespect of our nation.  Kaepernick’s complaints about people of color not getting a square deal in America are greatly diminished by the fact he was raised by adoptive white parents, that Government spending in poor urban areas is in the trillions of dollars since LBJ declared his “War on Poverty” with little effect, that white voters have helped elect a black President twice during Kaepernick’s short lifetime.  What Kaepernick ought to be protesting is that not enough black kids stay in school and advocate ways to fix that, or express sympathy for the tragedy of the 2,800 people that have been shot in Chicago already this year, many of them blacks, shot by other blacks.

As for me, I’m officially a Los Angeles Rams fan now.

If was great to see the New York Giants football team respond by honoring our nation at their last game.  See it here: http://ijr.com/2016/08/682245-ny-giants-send-loud-clear-message-to-america-after-kaepernick-refuses-to-stand-for-national-anthem/

 

Giants and Dodgers in 1st and 2nd after All Star Break!

The San Francisco Giants seem to be doing their “every-other-year” championship magic, as Sports Illustrated terms it, as they are in the lead, pretty solidly, in the National League’s West Division as the last half of the 2016 Major League Baseball season gets underway.  The Giant’s are ahead of mortal rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are in solid second place and also a potential Wild Card pick for the playoffs, by 6 1/2 games.

The Giants have a great pitching staff, with Madison Bumgarner (known as “MadBum” in the sports pages of the San Francisco Chronicle) ending the first half with a 1-hit shutout and 14 strikeouts.  Johnny Cueto, another fine pitcher and the league leader in wins (13), unfortunately started in and got the loss in the 2016 All Star Game just played, so the American League will have home-field advantage in the World Series, and that is a big advantage.  Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw has the lowest starting ERA in all Major League Baseball at 1.79, followed by…MadBum at 1.94.

Speaking of the American League, California baseball fans can pretty much “tell it goodbye!” to the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angeles, who share the bottom two slots in the league’s West Division and are both about 16 games out of first place already.  Ugh!

But we CAN look forward to much more of the historic Giant/Dodger rivalry for the balance of the season.  Californians from both north and south will love to watch!

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Have a Happy Fourth of July!

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Warriors End Best NBA season in history!

The “San Francisco” Golden State Warriors, lead by superstar guard Stephen Curry, finished their regular season on Wednesday with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies to finish their regular season 73-9, the best won/loss record in the history of the National Basketball Association – beating the Chicago Bull’s of Michael Jordan fame for season wins.  The talented Curry scored 46 points against Memphis, emblematic of his terrific personal season as well.

The coming playoffs will setup a North vs. South rivalry as the Los Angeles Clippers have also advanced to the playoffs.  California is surely not lacking in good basketball, as at the same time Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, who are not going into the playoffs, scored a huge 60 points in the final game of his career.

Guard Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors has led the team to the top of the NBA for the past two seasons.

Happy Easter!!

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Super Bowl Spotlight on Santa Clara Reveals How Its Changed

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara hosting Super Bowl 50 is a miracle along the lines of the Catch. Before the 49ers moved their practice center here in 1988, it would have been hard to fathom the N.F.L. champion being crowned here, even for someone with an imagination like mine, which grew as wild as the cottontail plants along the Guadalupe River trail.

Growing up in Santa Clara in the 1970s, when it was still populated by orchards, I felt at once fixed to the earth and rootless. Those were the years when the city produced bumper crops of fruit, Jesuit-educated college graduates and Olympic swimmers but somehow failed to register with outsiders.

No one knew the way to Santa Clara. I grew accustomed to identifying my hometown in relation to San Francisco, an hour’s drive north, and neighboring San Jose. I always did so through gritted teeth, of course, because the air in Santa Clara was perfumed with pride (and also with honeysuckle and apricots).

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/sports/football/super-bowl-spotlight-on-santa-clara-reveals-how-it-has-changed.html?_r=0

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Wishing you a happy, and wet holiday!

The news that 6.4 billion gallons of rain water filled and raised Lake Tahoe by two inches December 20/21 might be considered a “Christmas miracle” in water rationed California.  The “wetness” during this holiday season, bringing welcome precipitation up-and-down the state, from San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego, and plenty of snow to the Sierras, should go a long way to refresh the state’s lakes, reservoirs and acquafirs, and may be the introduction to an historic “El Niño” weather phenomena that sends all the state’s water rationers back to their drawing boards.  We shall see, but for now, let’s enjoy the wetness!  Happy Holidays for the editors at California Political Review!th-1

Warriors are undefeated in grand season start

When I left the game at half-time, the Los Angeles Clippers were beating the “San Francisco” Warriors, the reigning NBA champions, by 60-47.  The Clippers had opened the game with a roar and about 40 points in the first quarter. They were hitting all their shots.  I thought the game was in the bag and got into my car and fumbled around with my radio controls to hear the end of the game, but decided instead to listen to satellite radio and updates on the situation in Paris on my drive home to Dana Point.  Imagine my surprise this morning to read that the Warriors made a stunning reprise in the second half of the game and won it, 124-117, to maintain their undefeated status for the first dozen or so games of the season.

The Clippers were not actually at “full strength,” as starting shooting guard J.J. Redick was sidelined with back spasms.  It is clear any NBA team that is going to take on the new Warriors will need to be on top of their game for all four quarters.  But the resurrection of the Warriors as a team to be respected has been great to watch.  For decades relegated to the lower rungs of the league and seemingly a team without a town behind it, winning has made all the difference for the Bay Area basketball team.  After playing in locations all across the Bay, now a strong proposal for a permanent arena in San Francisco, backed by local politicians and undoubtedly well-heeled Silicon Valley fans and money that respond well to victories, are fueling this new era of great baseball and a basketball team finally to be re-anchored in San Francisco.  Not to mention a football team that has a history of winning.

J.J. Redick, Clipper's shooting guard

J.J. Redick, Clipper’s shooting guard

UCLA’s Freshman Quarterback is Winning Games

The 9th ranked UCLA Bruins college football team have won three straight games, and clobbered the Arizona State Wildcats on September 26, 56-30.  Below is a recent article on their star, 18-year-old Freshman Quarterback, Josh Rosen…..

From Sept. 20 Los Angeles Times:

UCLA freshman quarterback Josh Rosen, finally, looked every bit of age 18.

He looked it on the Rose Bowl field Saturday night, against a team of grown-ups from Brigham Young, throwing loose passes into tight coverage.

He looked it on the two first-half interceptions he gifted to BYU middle linebacker Harvey Langi, and on the third he threw to defensive back Kai Nacua.

Rosen looked like every freckle on his student ID card when he sneaked into the interview room at the Rose Bowl. It was around midnight, after UCLA had secured a 24-23 victory in which Rosen was more an impediment than the catalyst.

Read the rest here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/ucla/la-sp-ucla-football-dufresne-20150921-column.html900x506

Oakland A’s Ambidextrous pitcher is a first!

So far, the Oakland A’s new relief pitcher Pat Venditte, who can quite amazingly throw effectively either as a right-hander or a left-hander, “has been great” according to Manager Bob Melvin.  Making his debut less than two weeks ago, in his first five and 2/3rds innings of work in four games he gave up just one hit, two walks, and no earned runs.  That is a good record!  The A’s have been careful about protecting a sore shoulder, and put Venditte briefly on the disabled list earlier this week.

But even opposing teams, let alone baseball fans, are eager to see Venditte in action.  “He can pitch underwater!” Angels catcher Chris Iannetta recently joked to reporters. “It’s definitely hard enough to pitch in the major leagues with one arm. It’s pretty impressive to do it with both.”  Under new rules established specifically for him, Venditte must declare which arm he is going to throw with before an at-bat.  But if a team brings in a pinch-hitter, Venditte can switch arms because a new hitter has entered the game.  The idea of a switch-arm pitcher facing a switch pinch-hitter is mind boggling from a baseball strategy perspective but it is really going to make watching the Oakland A’s in later innings when the relief pitchers are called in a very interesting time for baseball fans750x422!