After taking a week off for the birth of daughter No. 2, Sal Castaneda, along with Matt Steinmetz, jumps right back into it -- and what a crazy few days it's been on the Bay Area sports scene. This is "Summer of George" type stuff. What's up is down, what's down is up.
The storied 49ers seem to be crumbling before our eyes, while the Warriors are ascending to the top of the NBA hierarchy. Jim Harbaugh, Patrick Willis, Frank Gore and Justin Smith are gone, and nobody seems to like it except Jed York.
The Warriors have a different kind of problem -- they might be getting too good for their own good. Castaneda and Steinmetz discuss whether the Warriors are getting a little too full of themselves, a little too arrogant. USA Today's Sam Amick called the Warriors "borderline cocky," and, in reality, that's probably not far enough.
With baseball in the air, Castaneda and Steinmetz challenge anyone out there with the nerve to criticize Brian Sabean or Billy Beane.
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Back in the mid 2000s, Rasheed Malek used to antagonize Matt Steinmetz on-line, questioning his knowledge and ability to cover the Golden State Warriors. Malek used to be somewhat disrespectful and even got a little personal in his approach-- not unlike Golden State's Draymond Green.
Nevertheless Steinmetz never wrote off Malek or his WarriorsWorld website. Instead, he reached out in goodwill and began to get to know the person behind the virtriol and negativity. What he found was a good kid who meant well ... just didn't know how to express things positively.
Ten years later, Malek has arrived and so has his site, now all grown up, along with the team it covers. Malek brought his star writer/media personality Jordan Ramirez into The Shed, and the foursome talked extensively about the blog business, the site's relationship with Warrior players, the team itself and a host of other topics.
We hope you enjoy.
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Strauss, who spends the bulk of his time writing about the Golden State Warriors, goes into depth on basketball subjects aplenty, including the trade deadline and whether or not the Oklahoma City Thunder just gained on the Warriors.
As someone who understands analytics, Strauss is more than qualified to respond to Charles Barkley's comments on the subject, and he does just that. He also believes the Warriors are the favorites to win it all and that they must re-sign Draymond Green at virtually all cost.
A good, fun listen on some serious hoops.
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When it comes to Bay Area sports, there is nobody with a better perspective on it -- and ability to share it --than long-time journalist Ray Ratto. In a noteworthy upset, Ratto, quietly bordering on icon status in and around San Francisco, joined Castaneda and Steinmetz in The Shed, and delivered us his A-game.
Ratto went in depth on a variety of topics, including the Golden State Warriors' title chances, the three things owner Joe Lacob would do differently, what's most important to the 49ers' franchise, questioning Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf's influence on the A's and Raiders' futures, his basketball officiating past and so much more.
Take a listen: the man's a savant, but not in a "Rainman" kind of way, if you know what we mean.
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Castaneda and Steinmetz convened in The Shed in the aftermath of the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl and talked about the game, the commercials, whether Tom Brady is a better QB than Joe Montana, why the hell Pete Carroll called for a pass when Marshawn Lynch was in the backfield and so many other topics -- including each of our least-favorite beers.
If there's one thing Sal and Steiny did agree on was the Super Bowl MVP: The Avocado.
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Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz welcome into The Shed Adonal Foyle, and, yes, it was a tight squeeze. Foyle, who played for the Warriors and Orlando Magic in the NBA, is an ambassador, an author, a humanitarian and much more.
In the first part of the podcast, Foyle addresses the serious issues of professional athletes going broke, mental health in the NBA and the countless "opportunities for destruction" the pros face.
The second part turns more light-hearted, with Foyle and Steinmetz talking some good, old days of the Warriors, circa 2000 (kidding!). The boys and Foyle also get into this current Warriors' team, which has the best record in the NBA at podcast time, and what the biggest on-court problem is in the league.
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So much Bay Area sports for Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz to digest, and good thing they've got the big enough stomachs for it. Sal and Steiny talk plenty of Warriors and just how good they are. Well, they're so good that it's not crazy to start talking championship parade -- and where it would be. On Broadway in Oakland or on Market in San Francisco.
Sal and Steiny also get into why the Warriors don't seem to be getting any national respect (otherwise known as Charles Barkley). Also on the menu, what's going on with the 49ers and Raiders and who the heck could you possibly root for in this Super Bowl?
But forget about which team you're rooting for ... It's more about your Do's and Don'ts for a Super Bowl party.
It's possible that down the line this particular Sal and Steiny show will be remembered as a watershed-type episode. Maybe not. Still, Castaneda and Steinmetz welcomed into The Shed a big boy, of sorts, in long-time professional sports executive Andy Dolich.
If you want it straight about what's going on with sports business, sports arenas and sports stadiums as it relates to the Bay Area's teams, there's nobody better than Dolich. What's going on with the A's and Raiders? What's going to happen when the Warriors flee the East Bay and land in San Francisco?
Is Levi's Stadium as bad as everyone seems to think? What about the Giants? Is there any other team in the region that taps into a fan base like them? These and other questions are on the table for Dolich. And perhaps most important, Dolich talks commons sense ideas for keeping A's and Raiders in Oakland.
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Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz broke protocol in Podcast No. 7, with the show originating from a venue other than The Shed. Nevertheless, both guys had plenty to say, and they addressed the travesty of NFL replay in the playoffs, Stephen Curry's meteoric ascension as a superstar and the best way to get started in the sports/media business.
Why were Mike Pereira and Mike Carey the biggest stars of football Sunday? Why has Curry become the most popular NBA player this side of LeBron James? And how the hell do you get started in this business?
Sal and Matt try to answer some of those questions. Oh, and for the first time in seven podcasts, Castaneda and Steinmetz use profanity (but just once each).
To call Steve Berman a pioneer might be a stretch, but what the hell. Hey, the internet isn't much different than the old Wild West, and Berman has navigated this playing field like John Wayne did the other one. You know what we mean.
Berman, otherwise known as the Bay Area Sports Guy, is a blogger turned legitimate sports media guy -- fully credentialed and covering the 49ers, Giants, Warriors, A's, Raiders and, of course, the Sharks. Now, whether that's an ascension or descension is a legitimate point to be debated and that's one thing Sal, Matt and Steve do.
Berman has inserted himself smack dab in the middle of the Bay Area sports media scene, and one of his greatest strengths is to assess the media and its players critically and objectively.
Castaneda, Steinmetz and Berman go back and forth and in between on it all -- the Bay Area media, the area's teams and whether or not it pays to use profanity in blogs and podcasts. If you're into the Bay Area sports scene, this is one you gotta listen to.
Veteran Bay Area reporter Sal Castaneda and sports journalist Matt Steinmetz convened in the shed in a hurry this week, fired up to talk about what the hell just went down with Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers.
How fired up were they? Fired up enough for this to be their first podcast without a "real" guest.
Harbaugh, of course, is no longer the coach of the 49ers, in large part because of his relationship, or lack of one, with CEO Jed York. So, there goes Harbaugh, only one of the most successful coaches in the history of the franchise.
This is crazy, as Rick Barry would say ... and Sal and Matt agree.
Peter Hartlaub knows himself some San Francisco Bay Area, and he knows himself some sports, too. So Hartlaub, the pop culture writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, was the perfect person to come down into The Shed and have a chat with Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz. Hartlaub has been a San Francisco 49ers season-ticket holder since the 1970s, and he's been following the Giants, Warriors, A's and Raiders the whole time, too. If you're a Bay Area sports fan, this is a must-listen, with Hartlaub and the boys getting into the "Lounge Environment" at AT&T Park and Levi's Stadium, how the 49ers are becoming a "uniquely hatable team," and the audacity of Warriors' ownership to leave Oakland.
Hartlaub also discusses San Francisco's big mistake -- letting the 49ers go to Santa Clara … And Santa Clara's big mistake: That stadium.
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Veteran Bay Area reporter Sal Castaneda and sports journalist Matt Steinmetz welcome Yahoo! NBA writer Marc J. Spears into The Shed. Spears talks about why he picked the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title -- before the season started, by the way -- and why the Sacramento Kings fired coach Mike Malone. Spears, who grew up a Warriors fan, also shares his concern for what is likely to happen when the team moves from Oakland to San Francisco. Spears, a member of the National Association of Black Journalists Task Force, also talks about being a black sportswriter in Boston, too much Ray Rice and the difference among "African-American," "Black," and "Negro." Hint: He's not sure.
Twitter: Marc Spears: @SpearsNBAYahoo
In podcast No. 2, but the first-ever originating from The Shed, Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz welcome sports columnist Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group. Thompson was a long-time beat writer, covering the Golden State Warriors, before becoming a columnist in 2013. From With a depth of personal and professional knowledge, Thompson spoke on several fascinating topics: Warriors owner Joe Lacob's recent cheap shot at former coach Mark Jackson; the role of religion in Jackson's dismissal last year; the dynamic between Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis; fallout from the Oakland Raiders' upset of the 49ers ; Colin Kaepernick and race.
Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy.
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On the inaugural episode of The Sal and Steiny Show, long-time Bay Area reporter Sal Castaneda & sports journalist Matt Steinmetz welcome Raiders Beat Writer Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle to the show. Originating from Studio K, the threesome gets into the doldrums of the abysmal Raiders' season and life on the beat for Vic & how he handles players, fans, and the front office. Nothing is off the table during the discussion and they get into the Harbaugh rumors, the most memorable sports moment he's covered, all the different angles of the Raiders either staying or leaving Oakland, and why Cal is the only team he roots for after years on the beat.
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