The Golden State Warriors absolutely drilled the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls recently, and while all that was well and good, the real test comes Monday when the San Antonio Spurs come to Oracle.
The Warriors and Spurs are dominating the field right now, and Monday's game is the biggest in the NBA this season ... by far.
Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz open up talking about the Warriors, their game against the Spurs and how it's become tricky to talk about them these days. From there, the guys talk about the announcement that the proposed new arena in San Francisco will open in 2019 -- at the earliest. That's now a two-year delay from the team's original target date of an arena at Piers 30/32.
As for the 49ers, let's put it this way: Chip Kelly's first press conference as coach went a little better than Jim Tomsula's went.
The Oakland Raiders are staying in Oakland -- for at least another season. With the St. Louis Rams heading to Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers expected to follow, the Raiders find themselves "stuck" in the East Bay.
What a tremendous place to be stuck.
Castaneda and Steinmetz discuss whether or not the NFL news is good news or bad news for Raider Nation and what the options are that lie ahead. Raiders owner Mark Davis said he's now in the business of finding the Raiders a new home, but the reality is, he doesn't have a lot of places to go.
As for the 49ers, they're in the process of hiring a new coach, but we now know it's not going to be Hue Jackson, who is heading to Cleveland. Sal and Steiny discuss who is going to be the next coach of the 49ers.
After a short holiday break, Castaneda and Steinmetz got back into it with talk about one of the most incredible teams of our lifetime -- the Golden State Warriors. Is that hyperbole? Perhaps, but the Warriors are 33-2, which is the best start in the history of the NBA after 35 games.
But do Warriors fans have a little something to worry about with Stephen Curry being banged-up? He's got a bum wheel right now and he's playing through some pain. What's going to happen?
Sal and Steiny also talk about San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York, who fired Jim Tomsula earlier in the week. York spoke for the first time publicly in 11 months on Monday, Jan. 4, and it was quite intriguing. The boys talk about it all.
On the most recent Sal and Steiny podcast, the boys talk about an interesting column by San Francisco Chronicle columns Scott Ostler. In that story, Ostler suggests that the York Family -- which owns the 49ers -- might be tempted to sell now that the team has hit upon such hard times.
For sure, the 49ers are struggling right now, with a 4-9 record and a stadium that is rarely full. But is Larry Ellison really a legit option? Sal and Steiny talk about how realistic it is that the 49ers might be sold ... and, if so, when.
The Warriors' winning streak to start the season is now over at 24, so where do they go from here? Is 73 wins -- which would be the most in NBA history -- within their sights? The season, in essence, is just getting started for Golden State even though it feels like it's been going on for a while now.
The Sal and Steiny show took it on the road this past weekend, and brought that experience to Podcast No. 48. Sal and Steiny spent some time at the Chiefs-Raiders tailgate and game on Sunday and got lots of perspective on Oakland's football team.
The Raiders had a tough loss to the Chiefs, but there seems to be an understanding that this team is trending upward. One team we don't have to worry about trending upwards is the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors are now 22-0, for goodness sakes. That's the best start in any professional sport of all time. Are you kidding me? Steinmetz, who covered the Warriors for well over a decade, got to thinking about how everything changed for the Warriors when they finally traded Monta Ellis.
Trading Ellis, Steinmetz says, allowed Curry to become the star he is today.
Lastly, what the hell was Jed York thinking by his snide tweet after the 49ers' win over the Chicago Bears -- a win that gave the 49ers a 4-8 record? Oh, brother.
When it comes to sports hotbeds, few places are on fire like Oakland, California. If you do just a little bit of homework, you'll find that few cities have produced the quality and quantity of sports stars like "The Town."
Paul Brekke-Meisner is an Oakland native, and he's written a book called
The Golden State Warriors have been playing basketball for three weeks and they still haven't lost a game yet. Sal and Steiny take another dive inside the Warriors, perhaps professional sports' most exciting team, and try to figure out just when this team might lose.
Steinmetz thinks the Warriors are playing differently this year -- with Curry playing more off the ball than on it. The result is that Curry is having a better year than last year, Draymond Green is now the team's primary playmaker and their offense is better than ever.
The boys also talk about the Raiders' Aldon Smith, who was suspended for a year, the 49ers' future and why the "Big Game" isn't very much of a big game anymore -- even though it should be. And we're all very glad to hear that Bay Area icon Pat McCormick is alive and well.
The Oakland Raiders may have lost a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they're looking good these days. Gone are the days when you're waiting for something to go wrong for the Raiders. This team can play, and on top of it, they're fun. The future is very bright.
Pretty amazing that right now Oakland is home to two of the most exciting teams in all of professional sports. The Warriors, of course, speak for themselves, but the Raiders are on the come in a big way with stars such as Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Khalil Mack and Aldon Smith.
While some East Bay resident are fretting over the potential departure of these two teams, Castaneda and Steinmetz say: Relax. These teams aren't going anywhere quickly, and if and when they do leave, they won't be taking teams this exciting to their new destinations.
Sal and Steiny also talk about the Blaine Gabbert-led 49ers victory. Is this the end for Colin Kaepernick? How can it not be?
The Golden State Warriors are ridiculous right now and Steph Curry is sheer lunacy. Seriously, if you've been watching the Warriors the first five games of this season, you know what we're talking about.
Castaneda has watched Warriors basketball for decades and Steinmetz is an NBA media fossil, and both are blown away at how great this team is playing right now. These are historic basketball times in the Bay Area. The Golden State Warriors are the best team in basketball and they have the best, most exciting, player in the league on their team.
Surreal, if you go way back with this team.
Did we mention the 49ers are in disarray? Well, they are and we certainly talk about that, too. Colin Kaepernick is going to the bench, and apparently his teammates have lost belief and confidence in him.
Where the heck do the 49ers go from here?
Castaneda also gives an update/assessment of the crab situation. He thinks there's trouble brewing in the Bay.
The Golden State Warriors are the defending NBA champions, and on Tuesday night they received their championship rings and raised the banner. It was an incredible night for the team and their fans, and Sal and Steiny talked about it in Podcast No. 43.
Steinmetz says the Warriors are gaming the system with their approach right now, exploiting the 3-point shot like no other team in NBA history. Castaneda says he can't believe that the Warriors now play the most entertaining style of basketball after years and years and years of indistinguishable losing.
The guys also talk about whether they'd rather have Stephen Curry or Anthony Davis, and both think it's pretty obvious.
Greg Papa is still very young, but he's approaching icon status when it comes to our generation's play-by-play men. Papa has done so much over the course of his career that it's tricky where to start. What he's doing now or what he did then?
We'll take the easy route and wing it, which means Sal and Steiny aren't going to the notes. Papa is the Oakland Raiders play-by-play announcer, and he had the honor and privilege to learn the game under one of the NFL's greatest minds and personalities: former Raiders owner Al Davis.
When Papa was just 21, he was the Indiana Pacers play-by-play man. He's done play by play for the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's, among others.
Papa has done way more, but just take a listen to the podcast -- taped live at Drake's Dealership in Oakland, by the way. We think you'll enjoy it, particularly the deeply personal memories of the late Al Davis.
In what can only be described as an historic podcast, Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz did their first on-site show. In front of a live audience at Drake's Dealership in Oakland, the boys welcomed Marc Spears, one of the best basketball writers in the country.
Spears is an Oakland resident and is a fixture at Golden State Warriors games at Oracle Arena. He's as tapped in as any NBA media member out there, and that is obvious when you read any of Spears' stuff.
If you love good, solid hoops talk, this is the podcast for you. Spears talks in-depth about the Warriors, and which team has the best chance to knock them off in the 2015-16 season. Enjoy!
The media is the worst.
Maybe not all of the media but certainly the sports media. Well maybe not all of the sports media but a portion of it.
Castaneda and Steinmetz talk about how things have changed -- used to be the media endeavored to never be a part of the story. Now the media NEEDS to be part of the story. Stephen A. Smith does his thing with Kevin Durant and Richard Sherman blocks Adam Schefter. Who cares, you know?
The boys also get into sports, and more specifically the Golden State Warriors, who started the exhibition season this week. Steinmetz talks about the wonder of Stephen Curry, yet realizes there's a segment of people who don't view him like Warriors' fans do.
The 49ers suffered one of their worst losses in history this past Sunday, losing 47-7 to the Arizona Cardinals. That makes them 1-2 on the season, and Castaneda and Steinmetz have a theory: They think a certain segment of fans are itching for the team to perform poorly -- so that Jed York gets some comeuppance.
Also, look at those Raiders, not just 1-2 but seemingly sitting with potential superstars in Derek Carr, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. How good is this team.
And then there's the defending NBA champion Warriors. Were they one of the greatest teams in history last season or did they get virtually every break in the book? There seem to be different camps.
When you start talking about the East Bay's professional sports teams, it doesn't take long before you start talking about where each of them will end up playing.
The Warriors, Raiders and A's all play in Oakland right now. But for how much longer? Andy Dolich, who has been a part of the front offices of the Warriors. A's and 49ers, gives his expert on considered opinions on the subject.
The Warriors are set to leave Oakland and Oracle Arena, headed for San Francisco. They're talking about getting there in 2018, but that seems highly unlikely. The Raiders are making overtures they want out of Oakland, but they have nowhere to go at this point.
The A's, after looking admiringly at San Jose for so many years, may be finally considering staying in Oakland -- but not in the O.Co Coliseum. So many moving parts, so much nuance and Dolich breaks it down for all of us.
Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books and it's official: The 49ers are great and the Raiders stink. Actually, that's one of the things Sal and Steiny talk about -- why does there seem to be a rush to make some kind of blockbuster proclamation about something?
Kaepernick's back! Hyde is better than Gore! Carr is overrated! Del Rio is in over his head!
Sal and Steiny also talk about how expectations define a season, and why the Raiders and 49ers are now viewed differently. The pair also addresses whether or not the Bay Area media is being fair to Jed York.
Oh, and did you hear about the Taco Bell outside AT&T Park is going to start serving beer? We talk about it all.
Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz talk about the start of the NFL seasons and the openers for both the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. The 49ers will play the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, and they'll be wearing alternate black uniforms. Sal doesn't like it. At all.
As for the Raiders, they play the Cincinnati Bengals and Steinmetz thinks expectations might be getting too high. The Giants are out of it -- despite Steinmetz saying otherwise -- but what are the chances we see a Tim Hudson-Barry Zito matchup later this month when the Giants and A's play each other?
Lastly, can we stop the ridiculous talk that the Warriors' new arena in San Francisco will be done by 2018.
Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz welcome Cam Inman into the shed for a special version of Sal and Steiny. Heading into the 2015 season, there are countless questions about about the San Francisco 49ers. Inman addresses them all.
Inman, a Bay Area native, has covered the 49ers for the past 15 years -- as either a columnist or beat writer -- and few regional journalists have his perspective. And even Inman isn't sure of what to expect out of this year's team.
Inman, Castaneda and Steinmetz hit on it all ... the vilification of Jed York, the hectic and chaotic offseason, Colin Kaepernick's critical season, the frustration of the fan base, the concern over the Levi's Stadium, and so much more.
Oh, and of course, we'll talk Australia's own Jarryd Hayne.
If you're a hard-core 49ers fan or even a casual one, this podcast has plenty for everyone. Take a listen.
Sal and Steiny welcome Oakland Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur to the Podcast. Tafur works for the San Francisco Chronicle and has covered a variety of Bay Area teams over the years.
Tafur goes inside the Raiders, addressing all the pertinent topics surrounding the team. Is Derek Carr the real deal? How dynamic is Amari Cooper? What's the difference between Jack Del Rio and Tony Sparano? Where will the Raiders be playing next year?
Tafur talks about it all and even gets into some San Francisco 49ers, another team he's covered during his career. We also talk about what a tough hand he was dealt as it pertians to his travel schedule this season.
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.