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Ray Ratto Oct. 8 Chat Transcript

Ray Ratto Oct. 8 Chat Transcript

Oct. 8,2010
Editor's Note:CSNBayArea.com Senior Insider Ray Ratto chats regularly! Be sure to join him forfree-flowing discussions on just about anything!Ray Ratto
Welcome to the B. William Zito Lounge for today's chat. Don't be bashful, and don;'t be stupid, unless that's your A-gameFrom Dan
Does it drive you nuts that all of the outside media and other bandwagoners descend on your turf and step on your toes? It does me, get the heck out TBS, I want my regular Comcast guys who blow our doors off. Although, Brenly would fit in nicely with the crewRay Ratto
After 29 some-odd yearsI'm used to it. When Comcast becomes a mega-rightsholder, we'll be the outside media and bandwagoners, and we will not be merciful
Who do you think I am, the King of Television? Picture in picture! Mute! Radio! There are options. I don't mean to be snotty, but TBS owns the rights and there is nothing you can do but seek alternate forms of informationFrom Sox
What will it take for Selig to agree to adopt instant replay?Ray Ratto
Massive amounts of cash from the TiVO peopleFrom Dan
When you watch brodcasts from other teams, you realize how spoled we in Giantsland are spoiled with everyone in the brodcast media that are involved with the Giants. 90 of the other brodcasts are sleepers. I will probably regret posting this because now, once again, Comcast will raise rates.Ray Ratto
In fact, we're raising rates right now. Send me 20 or you have to listen to Ted Leitner in SpanishFrom NaturalHobbs
Ray - should Bud Selig listen to screaming commentators on ESPN who think that increasing instant replay should be top on our nation's to-do list, or people who've actually played, like Bobby Cox, who had the perfect response last night - he knew that if you put yourself in a position to 'lose' a game on a bad call, then you've lost already - striking out 14 times, making 2 (3 really) errors, and pitching around Sandoval was more than enough to cost them the game.From Leitner Loves Hockey
When should I start paying attention to the Sharks this year? Corollary: Is the NHL season too long?Ray Ratto
I think they're on now. As to your corollary, think of this as game 244 of the 2007 season and you'll feel much better about the current setupFrom NaturalHobbs
Have you seen Lincecum throw that many fastballs, without half being deposited in the stands, since 08 or even 07? Is the book on the Braves that they susceptible to fastballs, or was his early offspeed stuff that good? Or is the Braves offense that much worse than the Giants?Ray Ratto
His early offspeed stuff established the fastball, which topped out at 94 but actually moved more than it has in the past. It wasn't Halladay wicked, but it was Cliff Lee-level nasty. And by the way, the Braves' offense isn't that much worse than the Giants. One run is still normally a crummy day's work, even for the MarinersFrom NaturalHobbs
Is there ANY reason (short of injuries to 2 starters) why Zito would be back on the roster for the NLCS or WS?Ray Ratto
A cholera epidemic? No, I'm being a wise ass. I'd be surprised if he saw any postseason unless Bumgarner has a soul-crushing panic attack or turns lousy, and I'm not expecting suchFrom Sox
Any idea what the Giants' upper limit on off-season spending is? Do the Rowand and Zito deals preclude them from trying to sign Beltre or Crawford?Ray Ratto
Why, no, I don't. I did see Neukom running laps around the field with his shirt off, if that helps. As for money, I think they have it. But convincing hitters to come here when they have other options (as Crawford and Beltre surely do) is a whole different fondue pot entirely. They'll get paid wherever they go, but numbers are easier to compile in friendlier confines than theseFrom Edgar, Sacramento
What will happen first, the Kings get a spiffy downtown arena, the 49ers get a Santa Clara stadium or the A's migrate to San Jose? Maybe I should include hell freezing over as option No. 4?Ray Ratto
Or option 5: I wear a 34-waist again. If I had to rank them, 49ers, A's, Hell, Kings, me.From Brian from Lake Tahoe
I see this Giants team as being capable of winning a 5-game series against anyone in both leagues. But a 7-game series makes me nervous. Can the pitching carry them against a powerhouse like Philly, should the lads get to the NLCS?Ray Ratto
I am on record as saying no, so unless I want to look like Dick Vitale picking 47 college team to reach the Final Four, I am honor-bound to stay as I have been. Sounds like from the tone of your question that you're a little squeamish about Sanchez in a Game 7From Ellen -- As fan
Would Eric Chavez have been a borderline Hall of Fame candidate if he'd stayed healthy? (I realize that's like asking if I'd be rich if I had a different father). But just for the sake of debate, what say you?Ray Ratto
No. Even a borderline HOF candidate had to track at a better rate than he did in his heyday. No shame in that; it's just that the HOF is a bitch to get into, and even harder once the Veterans Committee gets around to telling you to take a hikeFrom Malcom, Carmel 49ers Fan
I really like Jed York, the way he speaks, the vision he has laid out, the way he has aggressively pursued a stadium ... is he a guy to lead this team for decades? Or is he just a better alternative than is father and I'm delusional.Ray Ratto
I believe you'll want to go with option (b), until you see something more from the boy than the fact that he isn't Dad. I mean, if you get liquored up enough, Sarah Palin sounds clever, too. It isn't how they sound, it's what the product looks likeFrom Rand
Why wouldn't the 49ers and Raiders share a stadium like the Jets and Giants. Geography? Or is it just mutual hatred, distrust, lame egos, etc. It absolutely makes no sense, and in this economy, it's insulting.Ray Ratto
No, here's why it can't happen. 1. Someone would have to be made whole for moving further from his fan base, and neither side wants to do that. 2. They don't trust each other. 3. There is no guarantee when control of the Raiders passes to Mark that it won't be sold and move back to L.A. 4. Roger Goodell hasn't come out to twist the arms he would cheerfully twist if this weren't the West CoastFrom Barton Jones
Odds that Stanford makes the Rose Bowl? I'd like to assume that No. 2 Ohio State will lose a game (not likely for No. 1 Alabama, down year for the SEC) and that allows No. 3 Oregon to leapfrog its way into the BCS title game. Work with me here, Mr. Ratto, I know this is half wish, half logic.Ray Ratto
No, it's half wish, half heroin. I believe to my vacated soul that a team that gives up 49 points in three quarters to anyone has defensive issues that mean more than one loss, and probably more than 2. I don't see a 9-3 team in the Rose Bowl. Plus, Ohio State isn't losing to anyone in the Big 10 this year.From Ban TBS
So, let me get this straight: Ernie Johnson is a basketball guy, and a studio host to boot. How is it that TBS thinks he's a play-by-play guy for the postseason? Why don't they just bring Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith in and make it a complete crock? Is Tony Kubek available?Ray Ratto
There's nothing wrong with Ernie Johnson for a national audience. You just want Kuiper and Krukow, and you don't want to mute your TV and turn on the radio because you're afraid your spouse is going to sell the couch in the 15 seconds it takes you to do so. Watch and listen both. This is America! This is why I fought in the Spanish-American War, damn it! For your freedom!From Humm Baby
So, you have one game for all the marbles and you have to choose one announcer to take the hill, so to speak: Hodges, Simmons, Greenwald, Kuiper ... (not going to nominate Phil Stone or Steve Physioc, sorry). Diplomacy prevent your from answering? It's a tough call but I love Hank's dry sense of humor.Ray Ratto
Any of the latter three, but if you make me choose -- Simmons, Greenwald, KuiperFrom Black Hole
Will Jason Campbell see another start in Oakland, assuming Grandkowski stays healthy (big if). Why isn't this an outrage, that they bring this guy in and he can't make it out of September. Did Cable bet his job on Grandkowski?Ray Ratto
Cable isn't bold enough to defy The Al, but if the team loses no matter who the quarterback is, he's gone anyway. And yes, Campbell will start againFrom Giants Fan
For your money, best Giants postseason team: 1987, 1989, 2002, 2010 ... sorry, wasn't around in 1962.Ray Ratto
'62 had five Hall of Famers, but since you declined the opportunity to expand your knowledge, 2002From Blue Liner
Fighting in hockey? Time for it to go? Necessary part of the game? Enjoyable and legit part of the game? BTW -- Did you see the HBO doc on the "Broad Street Bullies" earlier this year? Terrifying and inspiring all at the same time.Ray Ratto
They tried to cut back of fighting, found out they do better box office with it. This is an old argument that always comes back to whether more people like watching Canadians beating Slovaks or Russians beating Swedes. Me, I find it a nuisance, but I know how the NHL rolls. And the Broad Street Bullies special was a little superficial for meFrom muddypuddle
best beer food combo at AT&T?Ray Ratto
Beer and roofing insulation is good, so your question may actually be mootFrom Ramond
Can the A's challenge Texas next year? Was this season a success (finishing above .50, second place in the division)?Ray Ratto
Maybe, but they need a bat, maybe even two. And no, success is not measured by being the eighth-best team. It takes more to win in the AL, and they're not there yet. They have the pitching down, but the offense was miserableFrom Tom
Do people ever recognize you on the street? We used to have season tix to the 49ers and every time Ira Miller of the Chronicle came down from the press box people used to yell at him. Do fans yell at you, run away in fear, offer to buy you a drink?Ray Ratto
Yes, but they don't tend to enjoy the experience. Most fans yell at me, but as long as none of them are holding a bill or a baby, I'm okay with it. And nobody has ever offered me a drink, unless its a Windex with an anthrax chaserFrom Brandt
Best sports town in America, in your opinion? New York is too easy a pick. For history, championships, fan passion, variety of teams, I tend to think Chicago.Ray Ratto
Philly, then ChicagoFrom Guest
Ray, is it wrong of me to be hoping that the Niners finish below 500 and miss the playoffs? My biggest fear at this point is that they'll win just enough games to decide to keep Singletary and Smith one more year.Ray Ratto
"Wrong of you" is burning down a hospital, bilking old people or devouring puppies. You're entitled to dream what you want to dream. Be bold! Be decisive! Root for 0-16 if you want. You'll get punched out a lot at the stadium, but you're man enough to take itFrom Teal Tim
What is your take on Todd McLellan? Standard analysis is he was hired to be a Red Wings-killer. What's your Cliffs Notes version on his coaching acumen, how he handles players, etc.?Ray Ratto
Bad hair. Good coach. Players work hard for him, which is the only real issue there. Standard analysis re: Detroit was wrong, but the Sharks wanted to play more like the Wings, so they went the flattery-is-the-highest-compl;iment routeFrom Mike Murphy
What do you do to keep the moths out of your sweaters?Ray Ratto
DDT cologneFrom Jim
Does Ken Rosenthal hold a conversation in the same choppy tonedialect that he uses on TV?Ray Ratto
No. He sings his conversations in a high, lilting Irish tenor, which is why he's up to eyelids in women.Ray Ratto
And with that, today's shameful exercise in alcohol-free slander is done. Next week; disappearing rabbits, flame throwers and pudding sculptures for the kids. Until then, tip 20 percent or don't pay the bill at all

Celtics are the rivals Warriors fans need

Celtics are the rivals Warriors fans need

You don’t think you needed this game to go this way, but you did, and you do.

The Golden State Warriors spat out a 17-point lead and lost, 92-88, in Boston Thursday night, in a game that was taut if not particularly elegant, and in a game that elevated the Celtics to a place that makes them the new heir apparent to the heir apparent.

The Celtics have been a difficult out for the Warriors during the Brad Stevens Era, losing six of nine but only being blown out twice, and Thursday was not one of those nights. The box score will tell you the shooting and rebounding problems, but the Warriors had that lead and didn’t hold it. Or, to be accurate, the Celtics had that deficit and refused to let it destroy them.

Which is exactly the kind of team you, the fully licensed Warrior fan, want to watch play your team in the NBA Finals. You want to see them genuinely challenged, forced to win outside their comfort zone, induced to show their greatness in the highest of high leverage situations.

At least we think that’s what you want. Maybe you prefer blowouts so you can drink and go to the bathroom without care or fear. After all, the Warriors have taught the area the true meaning of front-running by being in front so often.

But the Celtics play a level of defense typically reserved for the San Antonio Spurs, and yes, the Warriors. They have a spiky exoskeleton that the acquisition of Kyrie Irving has actually enhanced, and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum give them a gifted precocity that fits well with veterans like Al Horford and Marcus Morris, and Boston’s overall youth (they are fifth youngest, while Golden State is third-oldest) ought to make them a more difficult conundrum than Cleveland or any other team in either conference.

They are not yet the superior team; that remains to be proven, and betting against the Warriors requires a level of irrational bravery left only for the truly self-destructive.

But they are, as we sit this evening, the team the Warriors will have to work hardest to finish, because on a night when they had the chance to do so, they didn’t. In other words, the fight for a third ring still goes through Oakland, but it looks more and more like a one-stop through Boston.

And as much as you may hate thinking about it, you’ll almost certainly remember, and savor, a Celtics-Warriors final more than another round of Cavs-on-the-half-shell.

Three reasons Draymond Green is the perfect college professor


Three reasons Draymond Green is the perfect college professor

Programming note: Warriors-Celtics coverage starts today at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming live right here 

Draymond Green spoke to a group of students at Harvard Thursday on the subject of leadership, and if you find that incongruous, shame on you.
I mean, who else would you want as a college professor?
Green has led, and been led. He has learned, and he has taught. He has certainly lectured, as any teammate, official and media member will testify. He’d be a hell of a teacher, and the subject almost doesn’t matter.
For one, homework would be different, as in I’d bet there would be no written work. I don’t see Prof. Day-Day poring over essays about the Industrial Revolution, M-theory or pre-Raphaelite art. Not even the history of Basketball-Reference.com.

For two, having tenured faculty audit his classes may find his choice of rhetoric a little strident, as in “What the ---- were you thinking, dude?” is not typically approved instructional methodology.
And three, nobody would get a grade. Green would mark every exam with a “35,” as in his draft position, and besides, the exams would be students arguing with each other over whether that was a foul or a no-call, and who pulled the better face when the call was made. He’d give either an approving nod or give the loser a second technical foul and kick him or her out of class.
But it would be a hell of a class. Not at Harvard, of course, because Green probably would want to teach a school that could better use his brand of wisdom, and Harvard kids already have a healthy lead off third base. He’d want his students to make Harvard students cry, you can just tell.
But wouldn’t he look perfectly Draymond in a cap and gown on graduation day, pulling a bottle out of his sleeve to make the valedictory speeches less painful. “Damn, dude,” you could hear him yell. “Peaking?”