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.
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.
Sal and Steiny are talking all Warriors in this abbreviated, yet timely podcast. This one comes to you after Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals -- a game in which the Warriors won 98-78 to take a 3-2 series lead.
Sal is feeling pretty good about the Warriors chances, and so is Steiny. But Steiny cautions that the series is definitely not over and that he still expects it to go the full seven games.
Among the podcast topics, this one: Why are Steph Curry's 3-pointers perhaps worth more than three points? We also talk about the poise and demeanor of Harrison Barnes, playing much more wisely than most 22-year-olds.
Sal and Steiny also talk briefly about the Warriors receiving criticism in some circles for tweeting out a welcome to controversial boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.
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The Golden State Warriors lost a game, so that's enough reason to talk about them these days. As the Warriors head to Memphis tied 1-1 in their Western Conference semifinal, Sal and Steiny talk all things Warriors.
Are the Grizzlies getting their proper respect? Are the Warriors actually getting a bad whistle from the officials? What's wrong with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson?
Or how about this ... If you're a Warriors' fan, would you rather have the Warriors roll through the postseason on their way to a title or would you rather have seven-game series after seven-game series on the way to the most dramatic victory in NBA Finals' history?
And since it was such a hit last week, we bring back Warriors' trivia, where we test just how big of a Dubs fan you are.
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Sal and Steiny are hosting a double-header with this podcast, with the focus being none other than those NBA Championship contenders: The Golden State Warriors.
Marcus Thompson II was a Warriors beat writer when Stephen Curry was drafted back in 2009. Since then Thompson has become a columnist but one thing has remained a constant: Nobody in the media know more about Curry than Thompson, who was there from the beginning.
Sal and Steiny go deep with Thompson on Curry -- his habits, his off-court routines, the role of God in his life, whether or not he'll remain a Warrior for the long term. Thompson touches on numerous aspects of Curry's game and Curry's life, including which NBA player would be the best teammate for Curry.
Playing Game 2 of the Sal and Steiny double-header is Sami Mamou, the sports director at KSFS radio and assignment editor at KTVU. Mamou is a 23-year-old Warriors fan, which Sal and Steiny think is a little unfair.
After all, the Warriors history is not good. But the present is magical. Sal and Steiny and Warriors fans of our generation have waited a long, long time for a team this good. We're a little jealous of the young 'uns who just came on the scene.
So we put Sami to the test.
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We are back with a hosts only episode to talk about the aftermath of Game 2 of the Warriors vs the Pelicans and what we can look forward to in game 3. We hit on if the Pelicans are actually a threat to the Warriors this round, how the Warriors can be better, and what some of the casual fans who are jumping on the Warriors bandwagon should be studying to get up to speed with this year's team.
We will let you listen to hear the rest.
Historic. Groundbreaking. First of its kind.
They all apply to Episode No. 19 of the Sal and Steiny Show when the duo welcomes into The Shed ... wait for it ... a woman. Yes, a woman. Wendy Thurm became the first woman to appear on Sal and Steiny, and we were proud to have her.
Thurm used to be a lawyer but bagged that when she realized she had no life. So she parlayed her love of baseball and her gift for writing into a new career. She's now a free-lance sportswriter, with her work appearing in The New Yorker, Deadspin, ESPN, the Wall Street Journal, etc.
Thurm, a monster baseball fan (seriously, her knowledge is scary), spoke to Sal and Steiny on a variety of topics, including why baseball's future appears bleak, why Buster Posey is no Stephen Curry and whether or not to be concerned with the San Francisco Giants slow start.
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Sal and Steiny are back in the shed for a hosts only episode. We start off talking about how good this Warriors team is and get into the Mark Jackson comments about Harden being the MVP and Bogut's reaction. Then we wind our way to Baseball with Opening Day upon us and Sal skipping school to get to Giant's Opening Day. Stadium issues come up again and we talk about fans and the new stadiums in particular Levi's.
Also how tentative the Warriors exit from the Eastbay will be and how the Front office has to walk a thin line when leaving. All around fun episode and we hope you enjoy it!
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Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz strayed from the friendly confines of The Shed and took their show on the road for Podcast No. 17. And what a win it was for Sal and Steiny as they ventured into San Francisco and chatted with former SF mayor and current California lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom.
Newsom is at the forefront of progressive politics, and he's long been invested in the Bay Area professional sports landscape. If you're looking for a politician who believes in the power of sports and how important they are to communities, look no further than Newsom.
In this wide-ranging discussion, which encompasses sports, politics and even the personal, Newsom talks about the 49ers leaving the City for Santa Clara, the Warriors impending move from Oakland to San Francisco and the possibility of the Raiders staying in the East Bay.
Newsom also believes the Boston Olympic bid for 2024 is falling apart, and that the NCAA is failing those it claims to serve. Oh, and did you know he's tight with Marshawn Lynch?
Take a listen ... good stuff.
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