Never taking this for granted. (AP)
“The Warriors are insufferable. The fans are bandwagon chumps. They are this stacked team and nobody likes how they’ve destroyed parity.”
I don’t care.
I grew up a Warriors fan in the mid 1990s when Run TMC had already disbanded and the team was going to endure a pretty pathetic playoff drought. For over a decade, I didn’t know what good quality basketball was all about. I only saw it occasionally when it was a nationally televised game featuring the good teams with Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal and so on.
It was never ever in my belief that the Warriors could reach that level. Why not? The team gave me no reason after head coaching changes every couple of years and poor draft picks over and over again. Nobody wanted to sign with this team and worst of all, the NBA didn’t care about the Warriors either. I remember watching the NBA on NBC games and they would have their tag line video with the voiceover that went like this: “This copyrighted telecast is presented by authority of the National Basketball Association. It may not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form, and the accounts and descriptions of this game may not be disseminated, without express written consent of the NBA.”
And in that video package, they would show their top stars in the background with their dunks, blocks, etc. Never did they feature a Warriors player. It was only the best players from the top eight teams in the league. It wasn’t until years later when the graphic featured a player from every team — I was so happy to see Jason Richardson dunk in that clip.
But that was the NBA for me. It was the elite teams and then the bottom of the ladder Warriors.
The NFL issued some new rules for this upcoming season. Overtime periods are now only 10 minutes, which I am indifferent about. There is now one less roster cutdown period, which I am also indifferent about.
But this news is the big one.
Now we are allowed to have the football used as a prop for a celebration without penalty. Group celebrations and going to the ground is now acceptable. Of course, there are still some limits on how long these can go but it’s a step in the right direction.
The NFL used to allow this but started cracking down on these celebrations recently. Now that we have these celebrations no longer on the black list, we can all return to having some fun again. Progress!
But sadly, we still aren’t allowed three pumps.
Over the past couple years, the NFL has dabbed into streaming their games on Twitter and Yahoo. But this news of MLB going into Facebook Live is also something really important.
Maybe it’s because my perception of baseball isn’t as high in America as football. But also it’s a way to help fans of baseball get their fix in. I know with so many games and many fans unable to watch as much baseball outside of their market, this is pretty unique. Of course they can still do that on TV but having it right on Facebook is different. People are always on Facebook and having it right there on this platform is a huge deal.
Maybe I am overthinking this but I for sure feel that if I didn’t have MLB.TV, I’d probably tune in even if I don’t care for either teams.
I can’t believe it was 10 years ago today that this happened.
I had been a die hard Warriors fan since I was a kid and this was the first time I experienced winning basketball from my team. Getting tickets to the game was hard already as we waited in line for hours a week prior. I was lucky enough to get these tickets and attend the greatest sporting event ever in my lifetime.
It was 10 years ago on this day I gathered in this small apartment. I was in college at the time and as young college kids from the Bay, it was an instant bond when we all realized we were Warriors fans. For a couple years prior, we would watch games and in hopes that the team might be good enough. Maybe the NBA would recognize that this team existed. It wasn’t meant to be.
But it was this season that the Warriors escaped the clutch of awfulness and squeaked into the playoffs on the last day of the season. The team was made up of misfits and they played a style of basketball that was perfect for them. We felt that this team was unstoppable.
That night, as we watched the Warriors dismantle the Blazers, we celebrated. It was a lifetime of frustration gone. We made the playoffs. We didn’t know how to react. The victory was in the books by early fourth quarter. We just waited for the formality of the clock hitting 0:00.
What we didn’t know was that this team was going to produce the greatest upset in NBA playoff history. I attended those We Believe playoff games against Dallas. It was special. And the wild ride began when the team made the playoffs.
Look at how much as changed in those 10 years. What a shift.
I still believe.
The long-awaited Detroit Lions uniforms are here!
I want to first address that the entire set has removed black from its identity. The helmet features the Northwestern stripe but I feel that the lack of white in that stripe makes it look so plain and empty. The logo is outlined in Honlulu blue, which is fine. The facemask is also very nice as it appears to be chrome. A blue one would have worked too.
The home set (and the color swapped road set) is very good. I love the Northwestern stripes remaining on the sleeve and pants. The simplicity of it is great and the number font isn’t bad either.
However, the only real annoying issue is the team name on one sleeve, and the initials of William Clay Ford on the other. It reminds me of the Bucs and their sleeves featuring different things. They should have just removed those names. They aren’t necessary. Keep a Ford patch and I would be fine with it.
This is a big deal. The upper deck tarps, which have been an eyesore for so long, are finally coming off. Half of the proceeds of the $15 tickets will benefit a local charity as well. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT.
As the A’s are working toward embracing their Oakland roots, this is another step for the fans. It already will be tough getting fans to the games and this will make the stadium look even more empty at times. But also this is the right step in terms of mending the relationship between the team and the city. The fans should love this and I think this is a good thing. Let’s see how it unfolds.