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.
We'd love for you to come along for the ride!
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