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Giants GM Sabean has history of bold, successful trade deadline deals

 By TED SILLANPAA THE PRESS DEMOCRAT As the San Francisco Giants fade in the National West, fans are increasingly insistent that general manager Brian Sabean do something, do anything, that makes an impact on the club that is clearly in danger of being blown out of the water by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans are right. The Giants do need big, bold moves to fill many holes. They lack talent to trade to obtain quality players. That angers fans even… Read More »

Warriors mull Kevin Love deal involving Klay Thompson

By TED SILLANPAA THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Klay Thompson’s father Mychal Thompson, a member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ broadcast crew, said Thursday that the Golden State Warriors are near a deal to send his son to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Kevin Love. The elder Thompson, appearing on ESPN LA 710 radio said the report that the Warriors have opted to part with popular and productive guard Klay Thompson and David Lee seems all but set. The Warriors… Read More »

Warriors fans: Spurs show 3 stars no sure thing however . . .

By TED SILLANPAA Golden State Warriors fans should note that it turns out having three big-time stars on one roster doesn’t assure that the path to an NBA championship will be smooth. Bay Area hoop fans should keep all of the following in mind as they lust to get Minnesota power forward Kevin Love to Oakland in trade. Keep in mind, too, that LeBron James could choose to become a free agent this summer. The latter piece of information is… Read More »

Middletown Yankees earn brightest spotlight

The 2014 Middletown Yankees carry a 32-0 record into the Little League Tournament of Champions.

By TED SILLANPAA There are loads of teams walking around these days with youth baseball or softball championship trophies. The Empire has, probably, a half dozen or more Little League baseball programs . . . each with a championship team. (Then there are Cal Ripken League champions, etc.) The Middletown Yankees are the only 2014 Majors Division Little League champion undefeated this season and 59-2 overall the last two years combined. Any team that goes 33-0, playing any game at… Read More »

This is Twitter: NBA Finals Game 4 snark, stats and panic

By Ted Sillanpaa You’ve heard about Twitter, but wouldn’t or haven’t tried it? Here’s what you missed Tuesday night during Game 4 of the NBA  Finals: If you’re a true fan of the numbers behind the numbers, you can find them on Twitter. If you’re just a trash-talker, heaven knows you’d fit right in among the Twitterati. ———————— ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo 57m Spurs are 14 for 18 inside the paint, 7 for 10 from 3-pt range, 4 for… Read More »

194 pitches? 15 innings? We don’t need to protect every pitcher

By TED SILLANPAA Rochester High’s Dylan Fosnacht threw 194 pitches in a 15-inning outing Tuesday in the state of Washington. American League Cy Young Award winner David Price and former big league left-hander Tommy John heard about it and insisted Fosnacht’s coach should be fired for putting the youngster at risk of injury. Fosnacht? The kid doesn’t think he needed to be protected. He’s not a prospect. The guy loves his coach Jerry Striegel and feels like working 15 innings… Read More »

Belt, Giants’ resilience highlight opening night victory

By TED SILLANPAA Brandon Belt picked up where he left off with the bat in 2013 and the San Francisco Giants showed the type resiliency that good teams always need. Buster Posey began a season when the club really needs him to assert himself as a dominant middle-of-the-lineup hitter with a 2-run, game-winning home run. And, it all happened in Arizona against the Diamondbacks? Opening night couldn’t have gone better for the Giants in a comeback, 9-8, win against one… Read More »

Criticism of 49ers’ Kaepernick pure nonsense

Colin Kaepernick  Ryan Pickett

By TED SILLANPAA Look, I understand how easy it is to watch an NFL game and criticize the quarterback play. Even people who should absolutely know better get caught up in thinking the game they see unfold on television is moving at the same speed as the game unfolds from the pocket with a passer under the pressure of a pass rush with defenders disguising coverages in the secondary. So, I understand how even the folks who sit in the… Read More »

Sports blog show Allison Stokke is smokin’ hot

By TED SILLANPAA A young friend asked me to consider how the sports media has changed with the advent of social media, but more as a result of the proliferation of sports blog. My pal is a bright guy, so he parenthetically mentioned: (the GOOD sports blogs). I couldn’t really tell the guy what I really think. He’s writing his Masters thesis on the topic and I don’t think my pointing out how little sports blogs have changed sports media… Read More »