Sunday, May 29, 2016

Klay's 11 Treys - Game 6, NBA Western Conference Final - Warriors vs. Thunder

source: Bleacher Report
The Unworthy One - Warriors owner Joe Lacob, Klay Thompson
Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference final takes place tomorrow, Memorial Day in Oakland, California.

Less than a week ago, the possibility to go to Game 7 seemed very unlikely. A scenario eerily similar to the 2012 San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Like the Warriors, the Giants were down 3 games to 1.

Warriors-Thunder Game 5 took place in Oakland, and the Warriors won, 120-111.

Game 6 returned to Oklahoma City. An away game and having been blown out 2 previous times, the Warriors would have to win, or end a record-breaking 73-9 season and go home.

Go home, yes. Eliminated, no.

Oklahoma City held the lead for most of Game 6.  The quieter Splash Brother sinks 11 3-point goals, his most important one, was to take the lead for good at 104 - 101 with 1:35 left in the game. He finished with 19 of his playoff high 41 in the 4th quarter.

This game is adding to the long library of unforgettable games in Warriors franchise history.

Here's a recap:

And, the link to view Bleacher Report columnist Kyle Newport's Joe Lacob video loop.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

More more more - renting in San Francisco

Home Sweet Home
An update to my March 27, 2016 blog posting on the exorbitant costs to rent in San Francisco.

When I last wrote, the rent I pay for a shared 2-bedroom, 2-bath house was about equal to the median rate for a 1-bedroom in San Francisco.

On June 1, 2016, that will no longer be the case.

Because the house I rent isn't eligible for rent control, my part of the rent goes up $225. So that my housemate and I don't get blindsided with additional rental raises, we signed another 1-year lease to lock in the rate.

Despite the 15% increase (San Francisco rent control is currently 1.9%), this Lakeside district house's rent is still much lower than the median rate for a 2-bedroom.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wardell Stephen Curry II - 2015-16 NBA MVP (Unanimous)

L: Steve Nash, R: Stephen Curry
It came as no surprise Stephen Curry was named for the second consecutive year as the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player. What was surprising was that Steph received all 131 first place votes. Unprecedented, as there is no other NBA MVP that won unanimously.

Timing of the MVP presentation couldn't have been better. Less than 24 hours earlier, Steph returned to action after missing 4 games due to a grade 1 MCL sprain during the first round playoff game versus the Houston Rockets. He would come off the bench for the first time in 4 years.

When Steph came into the game, his shooting was less than stellar, going for 0-for-9.  He missed a driving layup to win the game at the end of regulation. It was in overtime that proved beyond doubt why he's the NBA MVP.  Steph scored 17 points in overtime to lead the Warriors to a 132-125 win. It boggles the mind when you realize overtime is only 5 minutes.

Wanna see it again? With apologies to Paul Allen and Trail Blazer fans, here you go:

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Happy Mother's Day - 2016

Wishing all Moms, including Fur Baby Moms a great Mother's Day.

With the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Proctor & Gamble released their latest video featuring Mom as the inspiration to those athletes competing. They're very moving, and best of all, they're without P&G product placement or promotion.

Thanks to all Moms, Mums, Mommies and Mamas for all that you do.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

PBA League - 1st Team Perfect Game - Dallas Strikers

source: PBA
2016 Dallas Strikers
Led by Manager/Player/Anchor Bowler Norm Duke, the PBA League's Dallas Strikers bowl the first Baker System Format perfect game.  Hover over "Recap on ESPN" and click the link to see all 12 strikes. The atmosphere at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine where all league games were held is like nothing other. Everyone is standing and cheering for all the bowlers.

Here is also Norm's 10th frame on YouTube: