Slowly, But Surely

I am slowly going to be getting back into writing mode… hopefully.

I got 2 major things to discuss today.  The US Open golf tournament and the World Cup.

Let’s start with Golf.  I am currently watching the closing of the first round.  Fox is terrible with Golf coverage.  That much is abundantly clear about 2 minutes into watching.  Can I get some better commentators please.  Just borrow the ones from NBC or CBS pleeeeeeasssssssseeeeee!

On to the golf.  Holy COW this is a tough course.  And from the looks of it things could get much worse before they get better.  I just saw a graphic saying that the top 10 players in the world have combined to go +51 so far.  That’s what I would call not a good number.  Just 4 players so far under par and of those only Dustin Johnson has any real experience being near the lead of a Major.  I’d love a chance to go out there and see if I can break 130.  I’d say the chance of that happening <25%.  And that’s giving me the benefit of the doubt.

I look forward to seeing what the weekend brings and if anyone can possibly finish under par.  My guess is Even par should win it and as day 1 nears it end, I would give a huge advantage to Dustin Johnson winning this.

Futbol time.  The one time when most Americans actually watch Soccer.  Sadly the US isn’t in the tournament, which means they won’t really care much.  As for me, I am so excited to catch some games.  While I think Germany wins it again just based on their talent and depth, I will be rooting for Iceland.  Luckily for Iceland they get a chance to prove something in the opener against Leo Messi and Argentina.  I think securing a point in that game and a win against either Croatia or Nigeria moves them through to the knockout stage.

The most interesting opening game will be between Germany and Mexico.  Both teams looking to prove something early on, but you know nerves will play a big role.  I expect a 1-1 tie in that game with Germany looking like they are just warming up.

My sleeper team is Colombia.  They have a great striker in James Rodriguez, but they are wildly inconsistent.  If they can string together a few good games, they could easily find themselves in the finals.  They have a ton of talent, but they don’t always get the effort.

In any case, I look forward to the next month or so of Futbol mania.  It’s always a blast to get sucked into the world of a sport you don’t always follow.

Lastly, the wife and I are currently cellaring some beer along with the beer that we brewed ourselves, that should be ready in a couple weeks.  I look forward to sharing more about the beers that we are currently cellaring and more about the brewing process using the PicoBrew that we used.  More to come.

 

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NBA Offseason

It’s officially time to start the NBA offseason…  The Golden State Warriors have completed a sweep of Cleveland and thrown us into what could be a very entertaining offseason.  As teams try to reach the stratosphere that the Warriors have created, let’s take a look at some potential moves that could change the landscape of the NBA for next season.

Lebron James is the first domino that needs to fall in order to have the desired effect of allowing teams to then look elsewhere when they don’t land him.  Cleveland basically assumes that he is gone.  Report after report of his interest in other teams can only mean that some of it is true.  I don’t know where Lebron eventually lands, but if he is smart and I can assume heading into his 16th season, he will make a move.  He can’t continue to play at the same level he has for the past 15 seasons if he has to carry the whole weight of a team on his shoulders.  My head says Philly is the obvious choice mostly because he gets to stay in the East where he can continue to make the finals without much resistance for the foreseeable future.   No other team in the East can handle a Lebron James led team with talent and depth. Lebron wants to win titles and he has the best chance to do that where he won’t have to go up against the Rockets, Warriors and Spurs early in the Playoffs.  I think the sleeper team is the Spurs.  A sign and trade for Kawhi Leonard would be interesting and may happen considering where the Spurs and Leonard are currently at emotionally.

Which brings me to Kawhi.  He is happy/unhappy in San Antonio.  Nobody outside of his camp and the Spurs organization has any real clue as to what happened this past season. I assure you that the Spurs are a playoff and title contending team with a healthy Kawhi. That organization puts a great team out there year in year out and that is not about to change any time soon.  Even if they unload Leonard and go full rebuild.  I don’t see Kawhi going anywhere, but I do see Miami as the sleeper pick to land some kind of trade.   Dragic or Whiteside, and say Justise Winslow or some other pieces would make San Antonio consider a move if the relationship can’t be mended.

Paul George will be a Laker.  He won’t second guess himself.  He won’t consider other options. As soon as he can sign a contract.  He will.

Demarcus Cousins may be the Lakers “back-up plan”.  I don’t know how I feel about adding a player coming off a major Achilles injury, but the talent is there if he is the same player. He and George together with the young Laker core (minus-Randle theoretically) would be a solid unit that could immediately climb into the contender category.

Chris Paul the so called “Point God”, oddly enough my least favorite nickname in the NBA, is bound to end up back in Houston despite some reports of a union with Lebron on the Lakers.  Take it from me Laker fans.  That would not lead to a title.  Adding Two aging superstars to a young talented core sounds like the makings of a failure season akin to the Karl Malone and Gary Payton experiment.  Let’s not do that.  I can’t take a year or two of the constant flopping and beyond ridiculous pseudo-tough guy persona of Chris Paul.  Don’t do that to us PLLLLLEEEEEEAAAAASSSSSEEEE!

Once the big names are off the board you will see teams start to fill out rosters with veteran talent that can help teams make the playoff push.  Some guys that are bound to be ring chasing this year include Vince Carter and Devin Harris.  Look out for those guys you don’t expect much from, but still find a way to have an impact on a title hopeful team like David West, Corey Brewer or Rudy Gay.

All in all it should be a great offseason.  I really can’t wait until the Free Agency period opens July 1st.  It should be a very speculative next few weeks, which honestly drives me nuts, but it’s funny to see all the reports and breaking news that turns out to be complete non-sense.

Happy Hunting

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Sports!

I am finally all set up in my new place and that means it is time to get some writing done.

 

Unfortunately, I am not starting at this very moment, but do stay tuned for something coming very soon.

In the meantime enjoy a cold beer and warm summer weather that you are more than likely sweating through at this moment.

 

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Just In Case…

In case everyone was wondering.  Lebron James owns the Eastern Conference.  Alright they haven’t quite gotten past the Celtics and into the NBA finals just yet, but if you are a betting man, would you really bet against him in game 7?  You could put Alf, Peter Griffin and two 3rd graders on the court with him in game 7 and he would find a way to win.  Lebron never ceases to amaze and to the people who don’t think that Lebron is approaching GOAT status I will try to convince you with more evidence very soon.  And that’s very hard for me to say as a Laker fan, who has always thought that Kobe would be the one who dethrones Jordan.

Dear Angel fans, sportswriters, bloggers, owners, GM, and everyone who has ever watched an Angel game.  Can we please find a way for Mike Trout to get more love in the mainstream media…. I know you all see what I see, but yet he doesn’t get half the love that other superstars get nor does he get the same love that is shown to Ohtani.  If Trout is continuously overlooked and neglected, why would he continue to play in Anaheim?  I’m seriously hoping that he doesn’t sign with Philly in a few years and end up an injured shell of his former self much like Ken Griffey Jr. did in his move home to Cincy.  Mike Trout is the best player in baseball… hands down… and I will fight anyone who disagrees.

One week left in California.  I am trying my hardest to get in all the things I love about this state before I move and likely never move back.  It’s gonna be a tough transition, but I will continue to bring my Best Coast views to the sporting and craft beer worlds moving forward.

Now go enjoy a nice Memorial weekend beer…. And no that does not mean get some stupid bud/coors/miller can that has the American flag on it.  That’s not how you celebrate our Military.

 

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Sunday… Sports Day

The Cavs, not named Lebron James, finally showed up for a game last night and they absolutely demolished the Celtics in Game 3.  The Cavs came out of the gates hot and never looked back while opening up a 30 point lead at one point.  It wasn’t the offense that was the impressive part though.  It was their determination on defense that took Boston out of their rhythm early and never let them get back into the game.  The Celtics looked completely overmatched and they were… in this game.

Don’t worry Boston fans, the Celtics are clearly still the better team in this series and just need to continue to let Lebron get his and completely shut down the rest of the team like they did in games 1 and 2, and they will take this series in 6.

The Golden State-Houston series picks back up again today and I thoroughly expect the Warriors to do much like they did in game 1.  Taking it to Houston and completely stymying their offense.  Golden State 110 Houston 98.

Baseball is a sport.  But we are barely a quarter of the way into the season and I still haven’t gotten involved enough outside the Angels.  Oh and watching the Dodgers, the third highest payroll team in baseball be on pace to lose 100 games is pretty spectacular as well.  Go ANGELS!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am both really excited and not excited at all for the World Cup.  Without the US National team being there, it’s kind of bitter sweet to watch.  I think I may be rooting for Iceland, because well you know… It’s Iceland.  How does a country with like 500,000 people make the World Cup, but not the 327 million people-mega-sports-fanatical country not?  Gotta love Futbol!

Beer:30

With my impending move across the country and severe lack of California beers in Indiana, I am trying to hit my favorite breweries before we leave.  Stone and the Bruery are the two main ones that need a visit.  I think the plan is to grab some beers that we can cellar or at least keep until the move.

Got some other news that is beer related that is still being worked out and I will be sharing with my fan as soon as we get all settled in Indiana.  Cheers!

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Coming Soon…

I have been so unmotivated to write lately and have decided to pick this blog back up and get back to my roots.

I will be doing so after I move back across the country, as I will need a way to spread my California and West Coast Biases with those East Coast people who live their lives not knowing anything about West Coast sports.

Expect big things from me in the near future.  My goal is to do between 3-4 posts a week at the very least.  With one of those being a very long, in depth, coverage of a random sport question or some current or past event that peaks my interest.

In the meantime, I will share just a few quick notes with my one reader.

Lebron is ridiculous.  I have nothing else to say on that matter.

I really dislike the Rockets and hope the Warriors smash them in the next round.

Mike Trout is the most unappreciated super-mega-goliath-star of the last 30 years.

The Diamondbacks may be the most complete team in baseball…

Tiger Woods is back, healthy and ready to win a major, if and only if, he can make a putt.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights are the best first year expansion team in the history of expansion in sports.

I’m very eager for the NBA draft combine to see if any of the UCLA guys will test well enough to stay in the draft. (Hint: I hope not)

Last thing.  If you are ever in the Phoenix area and need to grab a beer.  Stop by Sonoran Brewing and pick up a white chocolate ale.  Well worth it!

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Make Your Case Saturday!

Tomorrow is one of the best basketball days of the year and yet few games are even played.  Selection Sunday!  When the whole world finds out if your favorite school has made the NCAA tournament.

I am happy to report that UCLA seems to be a lock at this point.  I was getting a little nervous there for a while.  A loss to Arizona last night in OT hurt the Bruins chances to get a single digit seed, but I could see a 10 seed in our near future.  Im really hoping to avoid the East however, because let’s say UCLA sneaks into the 8/9 game and would then theoretically face #1 overall seed Virginia.  UCLA might not match up worse with any team in the country.  If it’s one thing UCLA struggles against it’s really good defensive teams and Virginia is the best defensive team in the country.

Anyways, ESPN has UCLA at a 10 seed for right now.  I don’t think that changes much.  I think even as a 10 seed, judging by the potential 7 seeds I’ve seen, we should have a great chance at playing a second game.  None of the most likely 2 seeds really blow me away.  Duke has tons of talent, but no point guard play which will kill them in the tournament.  Cincinnati beat UCLA already, but I think that they would love a rematch.  North Carolina and Xavier lack interior size and can be exploited by Thomas Welch.  Purdue is the one team that, because of exceptional point guard play and great size could be a matchup issue for the Bruins, but Purdue just loses games for no reason sometimes.  As if they just didn’t feel like being there, so they are probably on upset watch in the first game.

I could go on and on and try to figure out who I think we will play come selection sunday, but the fact of the matter is that it’s the best time of the year.  The time when basketball reigns supreme in the sporting world and I for one can’t wait to sit for 4 days straight and just watch basketball.

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