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.