Friday, October 31, 2008

Slap Hitter: Spooky Times for East Bay Fans

Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 10:09 PM

No swipes at the Raiders. They're not scary, just very, very sad. Instead we're all jumpy because we've already seen the Golden State Warrior's season, and it's been only two games into the campaign. They will lose close games until about Martin Luther King Day, and when they tire of moral victories (read: losses) they'll start getting blown out the rest of the way.

That mean that if East Bay sports fans want to watch any team with a winning record, they'll need to make do with Cal. Isn't that scary? The Golden Bears are heading for their regular mid-tier bowl game in football and the basketball team will tip off soon run by a lifer of a Stanford coach. The A's signed Joe Dillon, a middle infielder from Milwaukee who couldn't hit his weight in Triple-A ball, but probably won't be needed by Oakland, assuming Mark Ellis and Bobby Crosby play the year injury free (pause for laughs).

And if you really want skin crawling, how are we going to deal with the fact that we don't even have the most dysfunctional NFL team in the region? How dare the Niners steal what little thunder the Raiders produce by firing their coach mid-season and hiring a nuttier nut to run things than the stolid Mr. Cable. When Al Davis gets second class treatment from the local knights of the keyboard, you know that its time of misrule. The best way to get through these troubling times is to realize that it can't last forever. The Warriors will get tangled in some palace intrigue, the Raiders will hire another new coach and the Niners couldn't possibly be crazier than Al Davis for long. But for now, huddle close to your loved ones, be grateful that the NFL black-outs our local teams and that you can watch election analysis all weekend. On second thought, how bout those Warriors?— Kibby Kleiman

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