Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz welcome into The Shed Adonal Foyle, and, yes, it was a tight squeeze. Foyle, who played for the Warriors and Orlando Magic in the NBA, is an ambassador, an author, a humanitarian and much more.
In the first part of the podcast, Foyle addresses the serious issues of professional athletes going broke, mental health in the NBA and the countless "opportunities for destruction" the pros face.
The second part turns more light-hearted, with Foyle and Steinmetz talking some good, old days of the Warriors, circa 2000 (kidding!). The boys and Foyle also get into this current Warriors' team, which has the best record in the NBA at podcast time, and what the biggest on-court problem is in the league.
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So much Bay Area sports for Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz to digest, and good thing they've got the big enough stomachs for it. Sal and Steiny talk plenty of Warriors and just how good they are. Well, they're so good that it's not crazy to start talking championship parade -- and where it would be. On Broadway in Oakland or on Market in San Francisco.
Sal and Steiny also get into why the Warriors don't seem to be getting any national respect (otherwise known as Charles Barkley). Also on the menu, what's going on with the 49ers and Raiders and who the heck could you possibly root for in this Super Bowl?
But forget about which team you're rooting for ... It's more about your Do's and Don'ts for a Super Bowl party.
It's possible that down the line this particular Sal and Steiny show will be remembered as a watershed-type episode. Maybe not. Still, Castaneda and Steinmetz welcomed into The Shed a big boy, of sorts, in long-time professional sports executive Andy Dolich.
If you want it straight about what's going on with sports business, sports arenas and sports stadiums as it relates to the Bay Area's teams, there's nobody better than Dolich. What's going on with the A's and Raiders? What's going to happen when the Warriors flee the East Bay and land in San Francisco?
Is Levi's Stadium as bad as everyone seems to think? What about the Giants? Is there any other team in the region that taps into a fan base like them? These and other questions are on the table for Dolich. And perhaps most important, Dolich talks commons sense ideas for keeping A's and Raiders in Oakland.
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Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz broke protocol in Podcast No. 7, with the show originating from a venue other than The Shed. Nevertheless, both guys had plenty to say, and they addressed the travesty of NFL replay in the playoffs, Stephen Curry's meteoric ascension as a superstar and the best way to get started in the sports/media business.
Why were Mike Pereira and Mike Carey the biggest stars of football Sunday? Why has Curry become the most popular NBA player this side of LeBron James? And how the hell do you get started in this business?
Sal and Matt try to answer some of those questions. Oh, and for the first time in seven podcasts, Castaneda and Steinmetz use profanity (but just once each).
To call Steve Berman a pioneer might be a stretch, but what the hell. Hey, the internet isn't much different than the old Wild West, and Berman has navigated this playing field like John Wayne did the other one. You know what we mean.
Berman, otherwise known as the Bay Area Sports Guy, is a blogger turned legitimate sports media guy -- fully credentialed and covering the 49ers, Giants, Warriors, A's, Raiders and, of course, the Sharks. Now, whether that's an ascension or descension is a legitimate point to be debated and that's one thing Sal, Matt and Steve do.
Berman has inserted himself smack dab in the middle of the Bay Area sports media scene, and one of his greatest strengths is to assess the media and its players critically and objectively.
Castaneda, Steinmetz and Berman go back and forth and in between on it all -- the Bay Area media, the area's teams and whether or not it pays to use profanity in blogs and podcasts. If you're into the Bay Area sports scene, this is one you gotta listen to.