After taking a few well-earned weeks off, Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz are back at it, talking Bay Area sports and other things.
The 49ers and Raiders both had their first exhibition games of the season and there's plenty to talk about. Are the Raiders going to be better than the 49ers this season? Or how about this: Is it possible the 49ers could benefit from Jim Harbaugh's departure?
As for the Raiders, they seem to be trending upwards behind an impressive core of Kahlil Mack, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper. Still a long way to go, but the Raiders are looking OK.
So, of course, are the San Francisco Giants, who seemed poised for another big-time playoff run. As for the Oakland A's, well, Castaneda and Steinmetz address that team, too.
This week Sal and Steiny talk about the opening of NFL training camps and the 49ers and Raiders outlook on the 2015 season.
With championships by the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors coming in their last seasons, will Bay Area pro football teams be competitive? Is it possible Colin Kaepernick will benefit from Jim Harbaugh's departure? Is Derek Carr the future for Oakland?
Castaneda and Steinmetz will add their opinions on the above and also throw in a few basketball notes to round out the show.
Episode No. 31 is dedicated to Adonal Foyle, who was a guest on the Sal and Steiny Show several weeks back and someone who wore the No. 31 when he played.
It's all I could think of to lead off this description.
Anyway, Castaneda and Steinmetz talk about Jed York's comments about how Jim Tomsula could do for the 49ers what Steve Kerr did for the Warriors, why the Giants aren't worth talking about at this point and whether anyone is really going to get into golf because of Jordan Speith.
They say it's the "slowest sports week of the year," but Castaneda and Steinmetz don't think so -- not by a long shot. The major-league baseball all-star game was a success, and we want more of Pete Rose. Apparently, so do most fans.
Sal and Steiny talk about Mike Trout and Bryce Harper and wonder why Harper, so far, is even mentioned in the same breath as the "Millville Meteor." Also, recently a national publication called the San Francisco Giants' infield the best in baseball. To which Steiny says: "Really?"
Other topics include the NBA offseason, Tiger Woods and the British Open and what happens when a prison bus breaks down on I-580 during rush hour.
After a run of 28 consecutive weeks of shows, Sal and Steiny took their first respite of their young podcast careers. So, what did the boys do on their week off? Well, Castaneda went to Vegas and Steinmetz went to the Women's World Cup in Vancouver.
Steinmetz said the Women's World Cup Final -- a 5-2 U.S. victory -- was the greatest sporting event he's seen in his entire life. Castaneda said the pool at his Vegas hotel was off the chain, too.
Sal and Steiny get into a few subjects as summer starts, including David Lee's tenure with the Warriors, why the Giants and A's are still in OK positions and why baseball's All-Star Game just aint what it used to be.
Sal and Steiny are like many people out there -- still having a tough time believing that the Golden State Warriors are 2015 NBA Champions. But it is true and Sal and Steiny are going to talk about it.
Castaneda and Steinmetz talk about the season and put a bow on a historic season -- after a spectacular title parade in Oakland, Calif.
In a little bit of a podcast quirk, Sal and Steiny end up talking about the Sacramento Kings and some of the undeniable paralells between where that franchis is and where the Warriors used to be. Sal and Steiny wonder if the Kings are three years away from being three years away.
The Warriors certainly aren't that team anymore ... and Sal and Steiny talk about it.
Castaneda and Steinmetz once again dive deep into the Warriors -- who find themselves one victory away from winning the NBA championship. The Warriors-Cavaliers series has been highly entertaining and it features two of the best players in the NBA.
LeBron James has been brilliant in this series, and Stephen Curry has been pretty good, too. Sal and Steiny talk about the greatness of James, and where he fits on the all-time greatest players list.
Sal and Steiny also get into whether or not Matthew Dellavedova is any dirtier than Draymond Green, whether centers in the NBA are essentially extinct and if you can really win a title relying on Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith.
The Golden State Warriors dropped Game 2 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz are all over it. Do the Cavs really have a chance to win this series ... without Kyrie Irving?
That didn't seem possible after Game 1, but it became a reality when LeBron James put together a masterful performance and Stephen Curry came up with a dud.
Sal and Steiny get into it all, including what may have been Steph Curry's worst game as a Warrior, Mo Speights failed dunk attempt, the toughness and tenacity of Matthew Dellavedova, and, yes, the greatness of James.
So, the Warriors are heading to Cleveland without home-court advantage -- and Sal and Steiny are over it.
The Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals. As Tim Roye, one of the greatest radio play-by-play men of all-time, would say (and already has): "Unbelievable!"
Castaneda has been in the Bay Area his entire life; Steinmetz covered the Warriors for a long, long time, including their days of horror from 1995-2007. The two of them devote this episode to the Warriors and all the issues leading up to Game 1 on Thursday.
Among the topics: Who the hell cares whether Stephen Curry was at the Giants' game? ... Is it fair to bring up those Draymond Green tweets from years ago about LeBron James? ... What's up with Klay Thompson and his concussion? ... Why do you have to make a prediction on the series?
And, finally, because the topic is being written about in the Bay Area -- can we finally set the record straight on what happened the night Joe Lacob got booed and why it happened? Hint: It was about so much more than Monta Ellis.
Sal and Steiny get right into this week, talking about the Warriors assuming a 1-0 lead over the Rockets in the Western Conference finals. Sal and Steiny hit all the issues, including whether or not Dwight Howard and Josh Smith are reliable enough, whether Mark Jackson is a "Warriors hater" and whether or not Riley Curry should have been at the postgame dais (hint: it was cool).
Sal and Steiny also get into the "inner fire" debate and why Draymond Green has it but Howard and Smith don't. We also found out Sal has the inner fire ... Steiny, we have no clue about.
Bottom line, another must-listen podcast for Warriors fans.