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.
We don't want to do every single show about the Warriors, but when Stephen Curry does the kind of thing he did on Monday night, how the hell are you not going to talk about them/him?
Curry was absolutely, positively electric in the Warriors' 132-125 overtime win against the Blazers, and there's really nothing else to say. Only there's tons to say and Sal and Steiny say it.
Curry came back from injury and scored 40 points, including 17 points in the extra period. The guy is ridiculous and it never gets old talking about the guy. One thing that does get old is fans complaining about officials. Get over it already, Sal and Steiny say.
BTW, what's going on with Jake Peavy and Matt Cain? Yikes!
Sal and Steiny also recognize Equipto, who was part of the Frisco 5.
The Warriors are winning without Stephen Curry in the playoffs but that's not the only big thing going on in the Bay Area these days. How about this: The Sal and Steiny Podcast has a sponsor!
And get this: The sponsor is the Pacific Coast Brewing Company in Oakland CA.
Sal and Steiny are pumped to be a part of this great place -- terrific food and drink, dynamite atmosphere and attentive staff. We couldn't be more excited and we'll be hosting some future podcasts there.
On this show, we talk about how the Warriors continue to roll, even without Stephen Curry. The Warriors lead the Blazers 2-0, with Game 3 set for Saturday May 7. There are rumors Curry could return from his knee injury for that game.
Speaking of returning, the Giants are said to be interested in signing Tim Lincecum, one of the biggest fan favorites in Bay Area history. Sal tell you the secret behind Lincecum's popularity.
Oh, and lastly, if you think Bay Area traffic is getting worse, you're right -- and in a big way. Castaneda teases his traffic feature on KTVU, which has some remarkable facts about what's going on with Bay Area transportation.
Another week, another Stephen Curry injury. This one -- a sprained right knee -- was worse than the last injury -- sprained right ankle. Nevertheless, the Warriors, their fans and Curry all got tremendous news on Monday, that he suffered only a Grade 1 MCL sprain and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
In other words, the Warriors' title hopes live on. But now, the wait begins for when Curry returns and whether his teammates can hold the course.
The Raiders are talking about moving again, this time to Las Vegas and the Giants' season has started. Steinmetz and Castaneda address those things as well as take a moment to recognize some of the greatest musicians who have unfortunately passed recently.
And don't hug your dog!
It's a pretty simple topic for Sal and Steiny: Do we have ourselves a sports calamity in the making with the Stephen Curry injury. If you missed it, Curry sat out Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Houston Rockets and the timetable for his return is ...
That's it. We don't know. We also don't know at this point what the exact nature of the injury is. Is it an ankle? Is it a foot? Is it both? The next few days are going to be pretty anxious ones for Golden State fans. And how far can the Warriors go if they have to play without Curry?
Despite a little bit of controversy, the first open-air urinals opened in Dolores Park, in San Francisco recently. Steinmetz thinks these urinals are a wonderful idea and he wishes they would have been around back when.
The boys took a week off last week because Sal Castaneda took a little va-cay to the Hawaiian Islands and what he found there was more than waves, sunsets and sand. Sal noticed that the Warriors are huge in Honolulu -- He saw them on televisions at sports bars and at the world famous Duke's and all over the island.
Castaneda and Steinmetz also talk about whether the Warriors' popularity is taking away from the Giants and other teams around the Bay Area. And while we're talking about the Warriors, what's going to happen to Harrison Barnes. Is he going to be around next season? That question has become the backdrop to this historic season.
The closer it gets to April 1, the closer it gets that Colin Kaepernick will remain a 49er. Are you interested in the day-to-day drama or is it more like: Wake me when it's over. Lastly, Sal takes a "Bay Area slang" quiz.
The Golden State Warriors won their 45th consecutive regular-season game at Oracle Arena on Monday night. That is the longest home winning streak in NBA history. So, could you make the case that Oracle is the most difficult NBA arena for any team to play in? At least right here, right now?
Well, whether you think so or not ... crazy that the Warriors want to leave this place in Oakland that has been so tremendous for them. Oh, well. The Warriors are still winning but they don't seem to be doing so in spectacular fashion. That's an issue because the bar has been raised so high.
So, are the Warriors bored, are they in a malaise or is this more than that? Sal and Steiny try to figure it all out.
The boys also talk about how out in the cold the 49ers are, and how the Raiders are the team on a big-time ascent. Also, we tip our caps to Chip Vaughan and Alex Savidge, who had a harrowing experience on live TV today.
Stephen Curry was absolutely spectacular this week, hitting a buzzer-beater to beat Oklahoma City -- but there was oh so much more. Curry has scored 40-plus points in three straight game, and the Warriors have an absolutely incredible 53-5 record.
They are the talk of the sports world and people can't get enough of them ... and him. Except, apparently, Oscar Robertson. Recently Robertson made comments that were critical of the defense that is being played in the NBA nowadays, and how some of that incompetence helps Curry.
Sal and Steiny talk about Robertson's comments and what motivates someone from his generation, and with his stature, to criticize the best player in the game today? Or did he really criticize Curry when you examine his words?
It also appears as though Coliin Kaepernick has played his last game for the San Francisco 49ers ... or has he?
Super Bowl 50 is over, and the Bay Area is back to normal. Sal and Steiny talk about the Super Bowl and various aspects of it. Castaneda, who also moonlights at KTVU-TV, had an incredible schedule during the week, going back and forth from Oakland to San Francisco to such a degree it forced him to miss a lot of parties.
So, how did San Francisco do? Was it an unmitigated success or was it the nightmare some envisioned? And if there were those who weren't into the Super Bowl being in the Bay ... why not?
Of course, the boys also talk about the Warriors, who are just a joke at this point. They're heading into the All-Star break with a 48-4 record -- only the best first half of an NBA season of all-time. They're incredible and the guys talk about them.