The NFL season is upon us and it was very different starts for the 49ers and Raiders. As in, 49ers ... awful; Raiders ... really good.
The Raiders played a terrific game on the road, controlling from start to finish against the Titans. The 49ers, on the other hand, were shut down by the Panthers 23-3 at Levi's Stadium.
So here's the question: How much should we be talking about the 49ers and how much should we be talking about the Raiders. The answer is simple, we should be talking more about the 49ers. And this podcast tells why.
Also, let's be honest, Levi's Stadium is a nightmare. It's got nothing to do with the 49ers' fans being soft, it's got to do with asking them to watch the game in Sahara-like conditions.
Not that the boys get political on their podcast but they did have to re-address the whole Steve Bannon firing/resignation in this episode. Steinmetz wasn't happy about the speculation that Bannon would be let go without a lot of details, but lo and behold, it happened. And maybe Steinmetz had a change of heart.
How do you talk about preseason football? Well, sometimes you have to make mountains out of molehills. Do these games matter or not?
Also, was the eclipse as good as you thought it would be? What about lizards? Do they make good pets. There's a lot going on in this one and the guys jump all over the place.
Sal and Steiny are media guys. Castaneda is a news reporter/anchor and Steinmetz is in sports media. On this episode of Sal and Steiny, they discuss the media and their role in sports and politics.
When is it too soon to break a story -- whether it's a pending coach getting fired or player getting possibly traded? What is news and what is speculation? The boys talk about it.
Also, the University of California may soon start selling beer and wine at football and basketball. Good or bad? We discuss.
The boys are back in the swing of things, but the same can't be said about the San Francisco Giants. Since the All-Star break they're the worst team in baseball. Here's the worst part: They won't get better anytime soon. At least that's what Joe Shasky says, and few people know Bay Area sports like him. Castaneda, Steinmetz, and Shasky had a lively discussion on the matter. Steph Curry is also a hot topic as he acquitted himself quite nicely at a Web.com event. This and plenty more on this podcast.
Don't talk to Steinmetz and Castaneda about a slow period -- in sports or anything else. There is a lot going on, in plenty of places.
The A's and Giants are going nowhere this season, but it doesn't mean they handled the trade deadline the same way. Nope. The Giants did little, the A's traded their best pitcher. Now what? Seems like we've got a couple of teams that are a few years away from being a few years away.
Steinmetz isn't a big fan of Led Zeppelin and gets his proper amount of grief for that. We also talked about growlers, one of the more underrated ways to consume beer. Oh, and we almost forgot: Apparently Castaneda was a bit of a brawler in his past.
Giants stand pat, the A's trade ; optimism for the 49ers
After a well-deserved vacation, the boys are back and talking about sports, the Bay Area and this time -- what they did while they were gone.
Steinmetz was out of the Bay for about a month and when he returned he was struck by something: Giants fans have disappeared. San Francisco's home sellout streak is gone and the enthusiasm has left with it. The Giants have fallen fast. Can they get up anytime soon? And when will the fans return?
As for the Warriors, well, their offseason was a thing of beauty. They're getting the band back together for 2017-2018, and that can only mean bad news for the rest of the NBA.
Steinmetz also gives to Castaneda a European scouting report.
Sal and Steiny talk all about game 5--the clincher--and another historic day of celebration in the East Bay. Did you watch the parade on TV? Chances are you watched in on KTVU (according to the ratings). How long can the Warriors keep this rolling? What players will return? What about Igoudala?
The Warriors have taken a 2-0 lead over the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. How in the world are the Cavs going to win a game, let alone four? It doesn't look good.
Wednesday is Game 3, and it's a game the Cavaliers need to get because no team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs.
The fact of the matter is the Warriors are the perfect team for this time. With an emphasis on offensive freedom, the 3-point shot and non-physicality, the Warriors have almost gamed the system. It's not just unlikely that the Cavaliers will beat the Warriors this year, but it's looking unlikely that anyone will be beating Golden State anytime soon.
It's finally here!
Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors have been off for quite a while and the Cavs not quite as long, but it all starts on Thursday. Steinmetz thinks one of the reasons this series is so compelling is there's an unknown element to this series that few can put their finger on.
The one thing about the Cavs, according to Steinmetz, is that they're the smartest dumb team he's ever seen -- and it works for them in a big way.
And what the hell was Hunter Strickland thinking? Forget Posey, we're surprised as many Giants went out there as their were. Lastly, Sal and I need some help understanding the whole ticket thing on-line. Thanks.
The Warriors have won 10 straight playoff games and something like 24 out of their last 25. The only game they lost is a game they didn't really care about winning -- a game against the Utah Jazz late in the season.
The Warriors are so good these days that it almost feels like a malaise or complacency cloaks the team and fan-base. Then again, there are a lot of folks out there who won't give the Warriors credit for being great, Instead, they'll say the Warriors have gotten incredibly lucky the past few years.
Hey, there's a difference between being lucky and having good fortune. One more till 100. Wow.
The Golden State Warriors are making it look easy, but is that a good thing? They haven't lost a playoff game this year, and it's almost feeling routine. How do you even begin to beat the Warriors? Well, one way is to do what they did.
As fora team not going well, let me introduce you to the San Francisco Giants. Their fans have been spoiled over the last eight years or so but it looks like this team might not be able to compete. What happens if the Giants have a few rough years in a row? Will AT&T still sell out every game? Will the passion still be there?
And as always, we take a look at a facet of the Bay Area, and this time it's about the ridiculous housing costs, and the neighborhoods where you USED TO be able to afford a house in San Francisco.
That's what the Warriors did against the Portland Trail Blazers, sweeping their first-round series with a win Monday night. It was very much expected, and now it's onto the Western Conference semifinals for them. But there's something more important going on with coach Steve Kerr, who didn't coach in Games 3 and 4 of the series because of lingering issues from two back surgeries in 2015.
Kerr is in so much pain that he's decided he can't coach the Warriors during games right now -- and won't come back until feels better. Put it this way: It looks like it's possible the Warriors won't have Kerr on the sidelines from this point on.
The San Francisco Giants are off to a terrible start, and it just got worse because Madison Bumgarner injured himself riding a dirt bike. The act was selfish, irresponsible, a bad decision, short-sighted, immature and just plain stupid -- or so most people say.
Hey, this guy is one of the best pitchers in baseball, so he'll ride a dirt bike any time he wants -- and there plenty of teams that would be more than happy to let him do it.
Lastly, bad time for BART, with this takeover robbery at the West Oakland station. Haven't seen anything like that before and hopefully we won't again. Also, Steinmetz has a BART/Clipper card dilemma if anyone can help.
The Golden State Warriors have gotten off to the kind of start in the playoffs that their fans hoped they'd get off to -- taking a 2-0 lead after a couple of games at Oracle.
Even playing without Kevin Durant, the Warriors blew out the Blazers 110-81 on Wednesday. In addition, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson didn't play all that well. That's what's got to be demoralizing for the Blazers. Players such as JaVale McGee, Patrick McCaw, Ian Clark and David West did in Portland.
Now, the series shifts to Portland, but it doesn't seem like anyone is expecting much to change. The themes heading into that one: Will Durant play? Will Jusuf Nurkic play? Bottom line is the Warriors look unbeatable, and we talk about it.
Lastly, real quick, what age is "too old" to be living with your parents? Apparently, according to Sal, millennials are living at home older and older these cays, and what's most shocking is: The parents don't throw them out!
The Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 121-109 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday night. It was a heck of a ballgame, really, as Damian Lillard and C.J.McCollum were brilliant, combining for 75 points.
But the Warriors, led by Draymond Green, used their defense to finally hold down the Blazers' potent backcourt in the fourth quarter. Green finished with an unreal game: 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks and three steals.
Not sure if he also had a partridge in a pear tree.
Sal and Steiny also talked briefly about the San Francisco Giants and whether they stink or not. It's early and Steinmetz still thinks they have time. Of course they do. They've only played 14 games. Last but not least, the boys want to find a way to get A's president Dave Kaval on their podcast. Why? Because Kaval is the man and he's got things going in a great direction for the A's.
On Sal and Steiny Podcast No. 94, the theme is the Oakland Raiders and dealing with the fact that they're going to Las Vegas. Sal lives in Alameda and Steinmetz lives in Oakland so the move is both professional and personal to them.
So many angles to discuss here, including whether Mark Davis ever really wanted to be in Oakland, what Raiders fans should do now with their team headed out of town in two or three years, how will this affect the team on the field, what it means to the 49ers, etc.
And Warriors forward Draymond Green brought up a legitimate concern when he said that he wouldn't be attending anymore Raiders games and, if he were a Raiders fan, he'd be done with them. So, how many will boycott the Raiders and how many will try to savor the next two or three years -- before the move?
The Warriors have won five in a row and all is right in the world. Kevin Durant is getting better, Stephen Curry is coming around and the playoffs are right around the corner. The only thing that's bringing down the season is this whole "resting players" thing. Some people are missing the boat in terms of whom they're criticizing, though. Some aren't interpreting the "problem" the right way.
We also talked about how Castenada deals with "irritation" on the air. You know, it's before a show and you get an email that bothers you or a text that's annoying ... but it's 12 seconds to airtime. How do you handle that? Sal tells you.
Steinmetz thinks there's no doubt Colin Kaepernick will be in the NFL this year. And, is it possible Cal could hire former Warriors and Kings coach Eric Musselman. This one was a lot of fun.
The Warriors are in crisis. That's the only way to describe it, right? They've lost 5 of 7, which is the worst stretch of the Steve Kerr era. Most teams have this kind of stretch a couple of time a year. For the Warriors, this is the first time in three years.
Oh, did we tell you Stephen Curry is in a shooting slump? Nope. Curry doesn't like to call it that, but c'mon, he can't buy one and we all know it. It will change but right now, he's struggling.
We also get into the professionalism that John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are showing and how long it will go. And what about those broken car windows on Dolores Street in the City? That's worth another c'mob.
It took a few games but the Warriors look like they're finally getting used to the idea of playing without Kevin Durant. After a couple of subpar performances, Golden State has gotten its act a little bit together and will try to hold off the Spurs for the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
Sal and Steiny veer off into the media business in this podcast. Castaneda and Steinmetz are sometimes asked by younger people what is the best way to get started in the media/TV/radio business. We give you a few of our ideas.
March Madness is also coming -- how many of you will be taking off of work on that Thursday or Friday when the NCAA Tournament begins? The boys also talk about the unfortunate injury to Andrew Bogut, and how it may impact the NBA playoffs.
Everything changed for the Warriors this week. Kevin Durant injured his left knee during Tuesday's game against the Washington Wizards, and he's going to be missing some playing time.
How much playing time. Well, that's a good question. He's got a Grade 2 sprain of his MCL, and what the Warriors said was this: He will do nothing for the next four weeks and then we'll take a look at it. The hope is he returns for the playoffs.
The Warriors' season just got more interesting. They also just signed Matt Barnes, who's an interesting guy to say the least. The end of the regular season is going to be must-see.
Looks like Colin Kaepernick has played his last game for the 49ers. Or has he? Well, he sold his South Bay house, so does that mean anything? We also talk Oscars on this one.
In episode 89, Sal and Matt talk about the Los Angeles Lakers front office restructuring, and how it affects the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers want what the Warriors have and general manager Bob Myers was sought. The guys also talk about the DeMarcus Cousins trade from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans. It isn't difficult o see why some say the trade may not have been handled very well. Also the guys are not afraid to say they're sick of the Bay Area rain.
Sal and Steiny talk Super Bowl ... a snoozer of a game turned into one for the ages. And now it's time to discuss the greatness of the Patriots. Yeah, we're not going to do that. We'll talk some Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana, but what about the commercials? What about former President Bush with the ceremonial coin toss? What about Lady GaGa?
The Warriors lost a game, which is always very unusual. The Kings beat them in Sacramento 109-106 on Saturday. But the big story was that Draymond Green and Kevin Durant got into a little shouting match during a timeout. Signs of trouble or just a blip on the radar?
We discuss Charles Barkley and Skip Bayless, and why Barkley is certainly the one to listen to between that twosome.
Also, the drought is over. At least we're pretty sure it is.
Such a fun podcast with Peter Hartlaub, the pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. In case you don't know Hartlaub knows about all things San Francisco and Bay Area and he shared some awesome stories with Sal and Steiny.
Hartlaub, born and raised in San Francisco, has been a 49ers season-ticket holder for his whole life and he shares his perspective on Candlestick Park, the Joe Montana years and how he's feeling now.
He also shares his love for former Golden State Warriors owner Franklin Meuli, who is a big reason the Golden State Warriors are the Golden State Warriors. While the move to San Francisco is bittersweet, Hartlaub gives tremendous insight and perspective into the team and their arena history.
And so much more ...
The 49ers are a hot mess right now, which they've pretty much been since Jim Harbaugh and the team "mutually parted ways."
The only thing worse than the 49ers' situation might be owner Jed York's relationship with the Bay Area media. Simply put, there is no relationship there. Sal and Steiny talk about how York despises the Bay Area media and the Bay Area media despises York. It's obvious anytime you watch an interaction.
And how about this ... The Golden State Warriors are so good that nobody really seems to care. It almost feels like interest in the Warriors has never been lower. Warrior fans expect this team and expect this team to win almost all of the time. For a fanbase that has long been known as ultra-passionate, the base is pretty mellow these days.
Sal also talks about his discomfort with being in an uncomfortable situation.
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?