The A's are only four games into their new season and the Warriors have only seven left, but the two teams have the same low bio-rhythm vibe as we round the first week in April. The Athletics returned from the Far East having battled even with the best of the American League East's, only to go out with a whimper, losing a pair in less than eighteen hours to Boston. Meanwhile Golden State got Texas two-stepped in roughly the same time period, and find themselves potentially locked out of the post-season even if they sweep the next seven games; which they won't. East Bay fans give thanks that at least the Raiders aren't playing.
March now looks like a false spring for both squads. The A's hit and the Warriors won and now both teams are struggling to stay competitive. The Athletics have already benched their starting lead-off hitter, and the Warrior's outside shooters are missing everything but post-game meals. It will be a long few months if we have to content ourselves watching rivals playing post-season hoops, and seeing A's ads that promote the return of visiting players.
The best way to exorcise the gloom around the pros is to take in a little lower division action this weekend instead. Can't stand to watch the A's match up against the Central Division champs from Cleveland? Go see the 7th ranked hardball team in Division I, the Cal Bears host the two-time national champion Oregon State Beavers. Are your hoop dreams turning into nightmares? My God, what are doing inside a gym anyway on a glorious weekend to be? Head down to Palo Alto and watch the top track athletes in the Bay do their various things. And if you must tune in, remember they're not saying, "Boo", they're saying, "Bellini" (or is that "Hannahan"?)— Kibby Kleiman