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Readers Say The Darndest Things: Sports & Leisure 

Reader Comments From 2009 Voting

Best Adult Softball League
Oakland Adult
The Mosswood Greens rule. — Cory Gowan

UC Berkeley MCB Department Summer League
Watching scientists play softball is funny, we're so bad! — Ann Marie Faust

Women's Monday Night Oakland
Hot Babes! — Iris

Best Athlete (Amateur)
Jahvid Best
He's not called "Best" for nothing! — Bob Canter

Heisman time. — Ted Blanckenburg

Best Athlete (Pro)
Kurt Suzuki
Great as a catcher, surprisingly good as a batter, and modest for a baseball player. — Miriam Steinbock

Monta Ellis
His name is spelled MontA. — Corie McMillan

Off the moped that is. — Mike Spencer

Best Baby Yoga
Are you kidding?
Baby yoga? They're formless blobs of fat, bone, and drool. How can they do yoga? At least dogs have actual muscles. — Jen Phillips

I loved the three angels/babysitters who took care of my baby while I did yoga. It was a lifesaver for my early postnatal months!!! — Regina Kwan

Best California Casino
Cache Creek
Lost my money but had a good time. — Dori Lickwar

San Pablo Casino
Why spend more money driving to lose your money when you can do it right at home! — Andra Strads

Best California Ski Resort
Hosted an Olympics. — Mai Tai

Best Cycling Store
Cycle Sports
They just want to treat customers well ... worth every penny I've dropped here. And that's a lot. — b b

Best Health Club/Gym
Berkeley Ironworks
Hands down, the best gym I have ever used. Tons of rock climbing walls, and also lots of weights, machines, cardio equipment, and great classes. — Ethan Lavelle

Downtown Oakland YMCA
Ever since it was renovated it ROCKS. — Lisa Tsering

Head Over Heels Gymnastics
Kick-ass adult circus classes. — Laura Schatzkin

Oakland Hills Tennis Club
The view. — Elizabeth Nichols

Best Marina
Only Berkeley has the Cal Sailing Club. — Kevin Watson-Graff

San Leandro
WOW! We made it on the map!! It really is a great hike. We need to build it up to have shops and stuff but the views and birds are great. — Dawn V.

Best Outdoor Store
Any Mountain
Less expensive than REI, they try harder. — Bill Shepard

Wilderness Exchange
Though I fully support y'all paying full price at REI and upgrading the year after next so I can buy it here cheaper. SUCKER. — Nancy Lake

Best Pilates Studio
Stable Core
Wow! If you want to rehab an injury and feel awesome, Stable Core is the place to go. — Jana Harvey

Best Place to Play Board Games
The Albatross Pub (Berkeley)
A board game culture has built up at the Albatross, so it's totally normal to go there and have several beers while playing Settlers of Catan. — Ann Marie Faust

The Albatross
I played Connect Four until I threw-up all over Trivial Pursuit. — Mary Jane Lawless

Best Pool Hall
For decor alone. — Sara

The Broken Rack
Remodeled and upgraded; safe and clean; lots of free parking and good food. — Bob Canter

Best Spinning Instructor
Giselle Oakland YMCA
She also teaches at Golds in Oakland as is fabulous. We are all "champs" in her class (she can't remember names so she calls us all "champ"). — Steven Goldberg

No one makes me sweat as much as Giselle, not even my husband. — Karen Meyer

Marjorie Maggenti
She taps into my inner Lance! — Denise Ravizza

Best Yoga Studio
Funky Door
Real funky. — The Black Hour

Monkey Yoga Shala
The name. — Wendy Levy

Piedmont Yoga Studio
At least it has a normal name. — Yaniv Sherman

Best Youth Sports League
It's not a sports league but it is the BEST SUMMER CAMP EVER. — Bill Wright

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