They say you're supposed to take stock of all the positives in your life around the holidays. And surely Sal and Steiny do a lot of that during this podcast. But there's a touch of gray in the good vibes because of the injury to the Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr and the Warriors loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Carr, an MVP candidate, suffered a season-ending leg injury over the weekend and will not be quarterbacking the Raiders in the postseason. It's devastating news for a team making its first playoff appearance since 2002.
As for the Warriors, they just suffered a defeat, but they don't suffer many of them. And they certainly don't lose a lot of games where they're leading by 14 points with fewer than 10 minutes remaining. But that's what they did and it's not easy for Warriors fans to swallow.
For the time being, the Cavs have the Warriors' number.
The Oakland Raiders are in the playoffs, my friends, and that in and of itself is big news. The Raiders haven't been to the postseason since 2002, and they were led there by third-year quarterback Derek Carr.
Carr is becoming a superstar and the similarities between he and Stephen Curry are glaring. The boys talk about that and also how the Golden State Warriors have now set a standard of excellence that has become overlooked. This team is great and nobody seems to be appreciating them.
The 49ers stink, and Jed York is under fire. There are reports he could be stripped of his power by Dr. John York, the owner of the team. But York told the media this past weekend that that reports are untrue.
Lastly, how long is too long to stand in line to mail presents back east to your family?
Sal and Steiny took a little junket to Pacific Coast Brewing Company and talked a lot of Warriors, plenty of Jed York and the 49ers and the California drought. Is it over? The boys also spent a lot of time talking about Draymond Green, who is not only a fascinating player but a fascinating person.
Sal's been a 49ers fan since he was a kid, most of you know. He's enduring his first 1-12 season that he can remember anyway. So, what's Jed York going to do at the end of the season. And perhaps a more important question: What does Jed York say to himself when he looks himself in the mirror?
Is there still a drought with all this rain?
Matt and Sal discuss how the horrible Oakland fire that devastated several families. Oakland sports teams have helped with donations. The Raiders and the Warriors are playing very well. Klay had a record night at Oracle. Charles Barkley is being Charles Barkley.
Admit it, you missed us.
Sal and Steiny have been busy these past few weeks but we're back -- and better than ever. In Episode No. 81, the boys talk about the Golden State Warriors, a team that hardly ever loses. As of podcast time, the Warriors had won 12 in a row and already had the best record in the league at 16-2.
In other words, they're rolling. Hard to imagine but Kevin Durant may be better than advertised and Draymond Green has become an absolute menace. Is there anyone out there who can beat the Warriors?
Another conversation point was the new San Francisco Arena, which cleared another hurdle recently. The Warriors believe very strongly they'll have a new arena in San Francisco by 2019, and Castaneda asks the simple question: Is that a good thing?
Oh, and don't sleep on the Oakland Raiders, who are 9-2 and lead the AFC West. In case you're keeping track, the best team in the NFL and the best team in the NBA may very well reside in Oaktown.
It's been a minute, as the kids say, since Sal and Steiny put out a podcast. Well, the boys have been busy -- real busy. But they got together to talk about a Bay Area sports scene that is alive.
The Warriors have gotten off to a terrific start despite too much consternation, worry, and concern. They're 8-2 and remain the favorites to win it all. Kevin Durant is fitting in beautifully and Steph Curry is still Steph Curry. Some Warriors fans just don't get it. What's happening here is special. it wasn't always like this.
The Raiders head off to Mexico City and are in complete control of their playoff destiny. And Sal and Steiny are thinking tailgate ... soon after.
In other news, the 49ers still are lousy, despite keeping a game against the Arizona Cardinals pretty close. Jeez, that's how far they've fallen? Well, yes it is. And to top it all off, Colin Kaepernick may just re-prove he's a legit NFL quarterback and walk right out the door.
After a little breather, the Sal and Steiny show is back -- which is more than we can say for the Golden State Warriors. Nah, just kidding but boy were the Warriors lousy in their first regular-season game of the year, getting smoked by the Spurs 129-100.
What the hell happened? Well, Castaneda and Steinmetz talk all about it.
Worried about the lack of a rim protector? Scared about what Draymond Green will do next? Wondering where Klay Thompson got to? What the heck happened to the bench? Relax, Sal and Steiny have you covered. We'll talk you down.
Also ... the 49ers stink, so whom do you blame? Take your pick, Steinmetz says.
Dan Dibley, Matt Steinmetz, and sal castaneda are long time friends who also happen to work in Bay Area media. Join the podcast as the boys talk about how it all began back in the day. We hit the Warriors, the Giants, and the incredible interest generated by these two very popular teams.
Vic Tafur covers the Raiders for the San Francisco Chronicle. Vic tells us what it's like to cover the team on a daily basis and gives us an outlook on this year's team
Two weeks of NFL football is in the books and it's clear Blaine Gabbert is not that good. As for the Raiders, are expectations too high or is their coaching staff not getting it done?
Castaneda and Steinmetz talk about how the 49ers absolutely look like a more well-coached football team but, sadly, there's not a lot of talent on that team. The Raiders have talent but do they have the right head coach to maximize it?
The boys dissect a little sports journalism, too, getting into whether or not Trent Baalke is Trent Dilfer's mouth piece and whether that's any different from a media member with a cozy relationship with a source.
Also ... The Giants are fading, the Warriors' season is right around the corner and Oracle Open World is making a mess of San Francisco.
The Raiders and 49ers won their season-openers this past weekend but there's more than football to just talk about. The Raiders won despite a questionable call to go for a two-point conversion by coach Jack Del Rio.
Though he was widely praised for the gutsy move, the reality is Del Rio may not have been as confident as he said he was about winning the game. Nevertheless, the Raiders are off to a good start.
Hey, Chip Kelly is an easy guy to get behind. The 49ers beat the LA Rams in their opener and why not be optimistic? We'll find out more about the 49ers next week against Carolina.
And how about Colin Kaepernick? The guy is getting more and more support, and he's handling the situation like someone who is committed and conscientious. Good for Kaepernick.
It was another live taping of the Sal and Steiny Show at the Pacific Coast Brewing Company in Oakland, with the boys welcoming Anthony Slater, an interesting cat to say the least.
Slater had been covering the Oklahoma City Thunder for the past few years. And now he's the new beat writer for the Bay Area News Group covering the Golden State Warriors. Slater knows Kevin Durant as well as any media guy out there and his perspective on Durant, the Thunder and Warriors is absolutely terrific.
If you're a Warriors fan and want to get revved up for the season, this Sal and Steiny episode will get it done for you. And by the way, NBA training camps start in about a month!
When it comes to Bay Area sports knowledge, few, if any, have the edge on Joe Shasky. If you don't know who Joe Shasky is, then you're not a hard-core sports fan, which is fine, of course. But if you ever want insight on professional sports in the Bay Area, along with a unique historical perspective, Shasky is your man.
Shasky is the co-host of "The Butcher and Baruh" podcast, which discusses all things Bay Area sports and it is getting more and more popular by the episode.
A native San Franciscan, Shasky has been following the Bay Area's professional sports teams for decades, and he joined Castaneda and Steinmetz to share some of his expertise on the local teams.
Shasky is passionate, informed, funny likable and, best of all, insightful. If you love Bay Area sports and you follow any of the Bay Area teams, take a listen to Shasky. You'll be smarter for it.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the notion that Kevin Durant as a villain is "absurd." Well, in the literal sense of the word, Kerr is correct. But there's no escaping it: Durant is Enemy No. 1 to NBA fans this year.
Castaneda and Steinmetz discussed just how despised the Warriors are going to be this year, and if there's anything that could derail a championship run. That one thing, unfortunately, could be Draymond Green, who's had a brutal couple of months. Is Green so on the edge that he will jeopardize the Warriors' season? We'll see.
The boys also talk about the Rio Olympics and how they're not resonating. And, the big question in football these days around the Bay: Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert?
The Olympics are here! The Olympics are here!
Does anyone care? Sal and Steiny think there are some things to care about, though one of them is certainly not men's basketball. One of the Olympic topics the boys discuss is why fans and the media keep sleeping on ... well, a Sleeping Giant? Want to know what the hell that means? Take a listen.
Also, the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's made trades recently, and the reaction to the trades tells you everything you need to know about each franchise in the first place.
Bay Area ownership is also a topic on Podcast No. 71. How do they stack up? And which Bay Area owners have the right to walk around with their heads held high?
For the second time, Sal and Steiny did a live taping of their show at Pacific Coast Brewing Company in Old Oakland. The guest this month was the affable Bill Laskey, a great baseball man and great storyteller.
Lackey talks about all things Giants, A's and Bay Area baseball. The Giants have been slow out of the gate after the All-Star break, and Laskey isn't as nonchalant about the struggles as a lot of the team's fans. Lackey spent the better part of an hour talking all things baseball and it was a boatload of fun.
If you're into the Giants, A's or want to hear some great talk about some old-time baseball -- Dale Murphy, Al Oliver, Will Clark, Tim Raines, Frank Robinson, etc. -- Podcast No. 70 from Sal and Steiny is worth a listen.
Matt and Sal talk about the impact of Warriors center and Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond: not only in his playing days but afterwards too. The Warriors move to San Francisco appears to be an important step closer to coming to fruition despite some well-heeled opposition. If the Warriors changed their name from Golden State to San Francisco or "The City," would many fans defect?
Kevin Durant is now a Golden State Warrior! Holy Shiite.
It wasn't long ago when the Warriors couldn't pull a mediocre free agent let alone maybe the best player in the NBA. So, now that the Warriors have Kevin Durant, what happens next? Well, one thing that already has begun is the Warriors are the most despised team in the league
Hey, that's better than most fans not even knowing where the hell Golden State is. Sal and Steiny talk all about the Durant acquisition and the ramifications to come. How will Durant fit in? Well, of course he'll fit in, but let's get into some nuts and bolts. The Warriors may be better, but they're not as deep. That likely won't matter but it could -- if the Warriors get some bad luck, for example.
Sal and Steiny also talk about Tim Duncan's retirement, the humidity back east and, most important, Steiny's hole-in-one.
After coming off the biggest collapse in NBA Finals history, the Warriors turn their attention to the offseason. And the offseason is all about one guy: Kevin Durant. Can the Golden State Warriors find a way this offseason to sign the Oklahoma City Thunder star?
Castaneda and Steinmetz talk about the pros (many) and cons (few) of acquiring Durant. But can they actually pry Durant to the Bay? That will be the theme of free agency and that’s what the boys discuss.
Sal and Steiny also talk about what other moves the Warriors might have up their sleeve should their pursuit of Durant come up short.
It was three days ago that the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. While that may seem like a long time, the reality is that Sal and Steiny needed a cooling off period.
After two days of hot takes, quick reads and fast opinion, Castaneda and Steinmetz take a more measured approach in their look-back. Just how epic of a collapse was it by the Golden State Warriors? Well, you could argue it was the biggest collapse in Finals history. You could also make a case that the Cavaliers staged a one-of-a-kind comeback.
As the cliche goes, it's probably a combination of both, but Steinmetz wonders if the Bay Area media and national media are giving the Warriors a pass on any criticism. The boys wonder how LeBron James would have been lambasted had he played like Stephen Curry. But Curry has largely escaped criticism. Or has he? The boys discuss.
Despite the Warriors' soul-crushing defeat, Steinmetz also makes a point to credit the classy and admirable behavior from GSW players.
The Golden State Warriors lost in Game 5 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and now must head back to the Midwest for Game 6 on Thursday. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had 41 points a piece but rather than give them credit, many fans instead have focused on Draymond Green's suspension.
And some of those fans are spending too much time talking about James' role and the league's decision instead of the cold, hard truth: Draymond Green and only Draymond Green is responsible for his suspension.
Steinmetz and Castaneda think too many are not holding Green accountable for his suspension. Steinmetz thinks nobody is telling it like it is: That Green let his team down. Period. That he chose to be selfish and pursue LeBron James instead of doing the smart thing: Walk away.
All of a sudden, we're headed back to Cleveland. This podcast also addresses a real concern about Castaneda and Steinmetz regarding how little they know about "Game of Thrones."
The Golden State Warriors have gone from the brink of elimination to the brink of an NBA title. Just a couple of weeks ago the Warriors were in big-time trouble, down 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, then staged an epic comeback. Now, they're up 2-0 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Sal and Steiny talk about whether the Cavaliers have the wherewithal to stage any kind of comeback or whether this thing is essentially over. Unless there's a dramatic change, LeBron James' teams will lose in the NBA Finals for the fifth time ... against two victories.
So, what will LeBron's legacy be. Castaneda and Steinmetz both agree -- it's better to be 2-5 in the NBA Finals than it is to be 2-0.
By the way, is the Bay Area a Warriors' area now or is it still the Giants? Where do the 49ers fit in right now? Also, the two give a well-earned shoutout to Dan Rusanowsky, the Sharks' radio play-by-play man. The guy is phenomenal.
The Golden State Warriors staged a comeback for the ages, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors' dream season could have ended at any point in the last three games but the Warriors staved off elimination and now advance to the NBA Finals -- for the second year in a row against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sal and Steiny discuss some different aspects of the series, including the changing Warriors' fan base, how terrific the officiating was for Game 7, the Sharks' being overshadowed despite participating in their first Stanley Cup Final, and plenty more.
Warriors TV analyst Jim Barnett joins us for a conversation recorded in Oakland at Pacific Coast Brewing Company.
Jim talks about how he started as a television analyst after playing in the NBA and how became the Warriors analyst.
Steph Curry has been a transformative figure for the Warriors and in the league. Jim has seen it first hand. Jim talks about how Steph really is behind the scenes and how much is demanded of him.
Our discussion reveals how Warriors decided to keep Jim as TV analyst after public outcry when it was announced he would be replaced.
Jim is always a good conversationalist and we think you'll enjoy our funny, frank, and informative discussion with him.
The Golden State Warriors have responded in a big way to every obstacle and challenge put in front of them over the past two years ... and Wednesday's Game 2 vs. Oklahoma City was no different.
The Warriors, behind (who else?) Stephen Curry, tied up the best-of-7 Western Conference final 1-1, and now we head to Oklahoma. Perhaps as discussed as the game itself, is this: Why didn't Warriors' fans try to cushion Curry's dive into the stands?
Sal and Steiny not only break down Curry's dive, they attempt to assign blame and non-blame to the near catastrophic event. Were those real Warriors' fans? Who is sitting in those seats? Just how much has the Warriors' fan base changed in recent years. We discuss.
Castaneda and Steinmetz also talk about the poor bastard who is going to have to replace the legendary Vin Scully.