I’m starting something new here on Native Baydestrian, a daily/ every other day would you rather question. Something to ponder on for the day, usually will drop early in the morning.
I’ll keep the first one to a classic.
Would you rather be rich or Rich and Famous?
Game 1 of the World Series. NBA opening night. Full slate of College Football. Full Slate of NFL. You ask me why I look forward to the end of October, and it sure as hell isn’t halloween. It might be partly that midterms are ending, which I am also convinced that prof. do this on purpose so they won’t be working too much through these two weeks. (#contentconley2woke) This short period of time every year where the sports world is 24/7 nonstop with great content. The World Series is compelling: a curse over 100 years old versus a Pitching staff that has looked absolutely unstoppable all post season. It feels as if the Nation is behind the cubs and a city that could use a W. It might be my bay area bias, but the last city I can root for right now is Cleveland. The NBA more than any other of the big league gives the fans what they want, with fire matchup’s across the board. College football has been an electric factory this year outside of steady good old Alabama, and I’m sure there will be some crazy upset/last minute win that makes you shake your head and smile. That leave’s the most popular sport in the country: the NFL. Only 1 problem with that, outside of the Patriots, the NFL STINKS. Terrible matchup, no parity, the officiating gives us some bullshit penalty every play, and BONKERS penalties/fines every time someone scores a touchdown. It’s like the NFL doesn't want us to watch anymore, or they know so much of the American man’s life revolves around this sport from August to February that they can do what ever the fuck they want and we’ll still watch. If that was the thought, they were wrong, Ratings are down (insert link), and basketball won't help it go back up. Sure they can blame it on the election, the MLB playoffs, what ever they want but at the end of the day the games are just much less compelling than in prior years. Either way, as I write this from 35,000 feet on my way to Washington DC, take a moment during these two weeks and thank the sports god’s for these two weeks and remember them in the dog days of summer.
If you gave me 1000 different options of how the Warriors game one would have gone, I couldn't have picked it. That result was the equivalent to playing the powerball and hitting a 2 billion dollar jackpot. The narrative of this game was set and supposed to be very simple: The official passing of the gaurd in the west, the spurs end of their dynasty and them bequeathing their thrown to the Golden State Warriors to Crown Steph Klay KD and Dray. Only one problem with all that: Greg Popavich said fuck all ya’ll I'm not done yet. Kwahii showed he’s a true superstar, LMA was almost unstoppable in the paint, and Jonathon Who the fuck are you Simmons ate up the Warriors on both ends of the court.
If you look at NBA history and how teams mesh when they bring in a new superstar, we shouldn’t have been surprised: the example all of Warriors twitter keeps bringing up is the 2010-2011 Heat and their struggles to mesh as a team, and how they could figure out how to play as a team. I, along with many Warriors fans were arrogant as hell and called for a 82-0 szn the moment we woke up July 4 and saw the KD came to Oakland. I love Warriors twitter don't get me wrong, but we are truly icarus.
More Importantly, let me tell you why this 29 point loss at home is a good thing: this team is no longer a group of God’s amongst NBA teams, they’re back to being another team. They’re human, they can be beat, and everything will have to be earned for this team. They can’t coast on talent against the NBA elite, they will have to work for those wins, have a bench that shows up, and run the offense to perfection.
Steve Kerr will have to figure out what he’s going to do at 5 position, because Zaza playing heavy minutes does not seem to be the answer. He won't be giving up the starting spot any time soon, but there needs to be a backup 5 who can play almost equal minutes. The fan’s are screaming for Javale McGee, but I am not convinced that he is answer either, especially after Jonathan Simmons put him on a poster to end the game. One thing every fan can agree: Andy V should not now or ever get any type of significant minutes on this team. That leaves this team with one option for now as a backup 5 which for the life of me I can't understand why Kerr won't give a chance to: Kevon Looney. He has progressed, is a beast in the paint when it comes to Rebounds, has a solid midrange jumper, can pass the ball relatively well, and do an alright job clogging the paint. I’m just assuming Damian Jones’ season is in the toilet because he is not slated to come back to January, and making the jump from college to the NBA without any offseason or integration into the system is an almost insurmountable task. I hope Kerr will do two things: give Looney a chance, and give up his deep and heartfelt love of Andy V.
We have to come back to reality and understand this team is still insanely good. There will not be many games this season when Steph Klay and KD come nowhere near 50% from downtown, McCaw won't brick every open 3 he gets (unless the curse of HB has been passed on to him) and they won't blow one after another open layups. I am still convinced at the end of the season we will look back at this game as an early hiccup that can be rectified. It took a bit of the glory and happiness out of the begging of the season, but I am still still elated that basketball season is back. I can’t wait for this team to shove all those 3-1 jokes down the throats of the Cavs Stans.
Today's the day. It has been one of the long, long offseason but it is finally over, and how fitting is the origin of the new Warriors comes at the end of Spurs long Dynasty led by Tim Duncan. This game might almost be considered an official changing of the guard. The Warriors will feel the whole bay area swell up to greet this team in Oakland tonight, and this team will truly be looking for revenge. That was considered the moniker last year when the team, because they weren't given respect after their 2015 Finals run. Now, after a finals loss, once again this team will have to prove their worth to the country. Now the dubs are the villain's in our history books, and what I'm most interested in is whether this team plays that up and accepts that role or attempts to play it down. Knowing this organization and how many #lightyears the whole team is ahead of everyone else, This team will ride this villain streak right into a ring. Season MVP: KD, DPOY Draymond....
Warriors in 5 over Cavs.
Thank the Lord, Basketball is BYKE.
Happy Tuesday and welcome back to our newest shortest blog: Would You Rather of the Day. This was an electric question on Episode 12 of the Native Baydestrian Podcast, so I thought I would bring it up here:
Would you rather be double your weight or Be half your height?
I feel like you have to go weight here, even if your not allowed to lose it you can still do most things if your fat as hell. Even if you were 7'10", if you cut your half your 3 foot 5.
Everything you need to know about the yay.