The joy of seeing the Lakers lose or something along those lines

Lakers losing makes me happy.

As I watched the Lakers and Mavericks play last night, it occurred to me that I was watching to see the Lakers lose. And when the Mavericks pulled the upset, I was happy.

I grew up a Warriors fan and naturally the Southern California counterparts are the teams I consider rivals. Granted the Lakers have been great for the past decade whereas the Warriors have been the opposite, it’s still nice to see the Lakers, the fans (including bandwagon ones) be miserable after the loss. With all the hype of their offseason acquisitions, this was cherry on the top.

Then I started to think about what this Lakers loss to me means. In a way, I valued a Lakers loss to the equal of a Warriors win. Seeing the Lakers lose was just as gratifying as a Warriors win.

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Which 49ers team are we going to see each week?

Alex Smith sets NFL record.

Now that I am no longer a full-time reporter covering the 49ers, it’s nice to watch the team again as a fan and really just enjoy the game without worrying about stats and quotes. But after watching last night’s game, I couldn’t help but start thinking as if I was on the beat again.

One thing that stood out to me was that this game was exactly what the 49ers wanted to do the remainder of the season. The 49ers defense set the tone by shutting down the Cardinals. On offense, the running game opened up the 49ers quick strike passing attack. The three touchdowns Alex Smith threw put the game away early and the Cardinals had no chance of coming back.

The ironic thing is that this is what Mike Singletary envisioned for the team when he was the head coach. The defense was strong enough to hold Larry Fitzgeraled to an unimpressive five-catch performance. The offense for the 49ers was fueled by the running game and the quick passes would also be in the mix. With that, the 49ers took the early lead, then pretty much sat on the ball for the second half. The Cardinals had no chance of winning.

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A new level of crazy in the football uniform department

Oh dear.

Saw this bit from UniWatch:

Carol City High School in Miami is going with this uniform set. As you can see, a full helmet headgear, block numbers, an Indian head on the front pants. This is way too much for my liking and with more high schools looking to get unique uniforms, I don’t expect this to be the last time we see something like this.

I’d like to see how this looks on the field buy judging by the picture, it won’t be pretty.

Real thoughts from an A’s fan about the Giants possibly winning the World Series again

Consider this a kind of a respectful rant if you will.

I grew up in the East Bay and the A’s are my team. I’ve been vocal about that for a while and it’s no secret. But unlike a lot of A’s fans, I do not hate, despise or whatever you call it with the Giants. They are the other team across the Bay. They aren’t a real rival to the A’s. I appreciate and love the Bay and I want good things for my area.

With that said, the Giants winning another World Series would be very tough on me as an A’s fan. Part of it is because I wish my team could have beat the Tigers. But the real reason has nothing to do with the game, but the aftermath.

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NFL to use pink penalty flags — as suggested by 11-year-old fan — for Dolphins-Jets game on Sunday

Samuel:

This is an interesting development. Pink penalty flags for Breast Cancer Awareness month. After thinking about this for a bit, I wonder why this isn’t a permanent thing. Players wouldn’t over-pink their uniforms and the flags would be a subtle, but noticeable change. I am for it, although I don’t like having breast cancer awareness associated with intentional grounding. But I think it’s a pretty neat idea and we’ll see how it looks.

Originally posted on NFL Communications:

Marlboro, NJ Boy Made Recommendation in Letter to Commissioner Goodell

Pink penalty flags will be used in Sunday’s Dolphins-Jets game — the final weekend of Breast Cancer Awareness month — at MetLife Stadium.

The idea was suggested by 11-year old Dante Cano of Marlboro, NJ, a fifth-grade student at Asher Holmes Elementary School, in a letter (right) to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“My name is Dante Cano. I am 11 years old and I am from Marlboro, New Jersey. I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness,” Dante wrote. “Please write back.”

Commissioner Goodell invited Dante and his family to MetLife Stadium where they will present the pink penalty flags (below) to the officials prior to the game.

“Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to…

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Reineking Recalls: Eddie D.’s QBs

Samuel:

Getting ready for “A Football Life” tonight, this is a pretty sweet piece about the best QB successor stories in league history.

Originally posted on They Call It Pro Football - Official NFL Films Blog:

Editor’s Note: Jim Reineking is an editor for NFL.com. Here’s his take on Eddie DeBartolo and the best predecessor-successor quarterback tandems in history.

“Eddie DeBartolo: A Football Life” debuts on NFL Network tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

In the 23 years that Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. owned the team, the San Francisco 49ers collected an extraordinary five Super Bowl championships.  It helped having the innovative Bill Walsh — a 1993 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee — running the team.  Between the 49ers’ first championship season in 1981 and 2002, the team only experienced three losing seasons.  Continuity at the most important position in the game was also big part of the run of achievement.  Over those 22 seasons, the 49ers had three primary quarterbacks, two of whom would go on to the Hall of Fame. The predecessor-successor transition with Joe Montana and Steve Young helped make DeBartolo’s 49ers one of…

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This is going to be a very interesting week to deal with

Who will win?

Growing up in the East Bay, I became an Oakland A’s fan and it’s the team I feel the most passionate about. With being an A’s fan, there is that “rivalry” with the San Francisco Giants.

At least to me, the rivalry doesn’t really exist. But in recent years, it has become something I think has gotten out of hand.

Since the Giants won the World Series in 2010, the bandwagon has gotten out of control for them. Pandering to their requirement for panda hats and fancy lifestying, the new Giants “fans” have given me an A’s fan a hard time. It seems that at any opportunity, they mock everything that is Oakland. Whether it’s the team’s stadium or even the city’s not so glamorous appeal, Giants fans have recently made an effort to look down on me and my team.

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