Kings Ship Omri Casspi and #1 Pick Away For J.J. Hickson

I’m sure there will be some that don’t like this Kings trade, but I’m not one of them. In case you haven’t heard, Omri Casspi and a #1 pick are gone to the Cleveland Cavaliers for J.J. Hickson. Hickson replaced the injured Anderson Varejao last year, and proceeded to dominate. He wrapped up the last month of the season averaging 19 points and 12 boards a game. His one knock is for a center, he could block some more shots. Plus, will he get the ball as much as he did in Cleveland? Probably not. However, if the Kings can find a way to get him involved with some garbage points under the basket, he could be a force down low. I would expect him to start for the Kings.

June 30, 2011 at 11:24 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Giants Exceed Quota.. Face Sanctions…

The Giants scored 19 runs yesterday in their doubleheader sweep of the struggling Cubs while pumping out 30 hits.  That sounds like a cruel joke… or a misprint.  That’s more production than they had during their entire homestand.  I mean, aren’t these the guys who go 0 for 40 with runners in scoring position?  Who can’t produce a sacrifice fly if their lives depended on it?  Who force their pitchers to throw shutout ball for 8 innings… then hope for a bases loaded balk?  Obviously, the World Champions have exceeded their allotment of runs and hits, and may face sanctions from Major League Baseball.  So don’t look for them to score more than one run a game through at least Labor Day.  In other words, we’ll be back to normal.

June 29, 2011 at 11:36 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

The New York Times Looks At Warriors Coach Mark Jackson

There’s a nice article on Mark Jackson, the former player/broadcaster and now Golden State Warriors coach in the New York Times. My first impression? He has fans in his players from his TV work. When Klay Thompson is talking about what chemistry Jeff Van Gundy and Jackson had or “hand down, man down,” I’m thinking he’s going to be coachable. Let’s see if the rest of the team will follow suit.

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June 29, 2011 at 10:55 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

“24-Hour Membership” at Poppy Hills Golf Course

Golfers who would like to sample a membership in the Northern California Golf Association can now join the “24-Hour Members Club” that provides benefits at Poppy Hills Golf Course normally reserved for NCGA members.

Available weekdays now through December, the “24-Hour Members Club” includes a round of golf on the Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship course, use of a golf cart, unlimited access to the practice facility for the day of play and Poppy Hills/NCGA golf accessories pack.  Guests may reserve a tee time as a single, a twosome, or however they wish; as “members,” it’s their choice.

The specialty priced offer is $130 per player, which is a savings of $90.

For golfers who would like to extend their visit, accommodations for the “24-Hour Members Club” are available at Monterey’s newest boutique hotel, Hotel Abrego in the heart of Downtown Monterey.  A partner property with the NCGA, the Hotel Abrego is extending its “NCGA Rate” for this offer, which is an additional benefit.  (Reservations based on availability.)

A “must play” when visiting the Monterey Peninsula, Poppy Hills is an award-winning design that has served as a venue for the PGA Tour and NCAA Championships.  Opened in 1986, Poppy Hills is the home course for the NCGA and made history as the first course in the United States to be owned and operated by an amateur golf association.

For more information about the “24-Hour Members Club” visit or call the Poppy Hills golf shop at (831) 622-8239.

June 29, 2011 at 9:31 am | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

Watch the Giants Brian Wilson Preview of “The Franchise”

The next preview of Showtime’s look at the San Francisco Giants called The Franchise has arrived. It features Giants closer Brian Wilson discussing a new catch phrase that he hopes will catch on. Yeah, good luck with that.

The Franchise premieres Wednesday, July 13 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

June 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Pablo Sandoval Talks About His Injury

It turns out Pablo Sandoval wasn’t bluffing last night when he told reporters his quad injury was fine, while smiling. Last night, he said it was a precaution, and he didn’t want to be on the disabled list again. It looks like he will play in tomorrows double header against the Chicago Cubs.

June 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Is .250 The New .300?

Has it really been that long ago that the big hitters hit like men?  I mean didn’t guys in the heart of the lineup have averages like  .317 or .331?  Tappers who were struggling to hit .245 rode the pine or were farmed out to the minors.  Of course I’m probably overreacting because the Giants are so anemic in this critical area.  I know, they’re near the bottom in average, runs scored, runs batted in…. and are nearly impotent with runners in scoring position.  And they’re battling for first place in the division?  Hilarious.  If they didn’t have decent pitching, they’d be six games behind the Padres, who are now in last place.  I don’t have an explanation for this, but I’ve gotta believe that .250 is the new .300.  The Giants actually have starters who are hitting around .200… and worse.  If they could acquire someone who could hit .255, he’d be called a “slugger,” and he’d bat in the four hole.   How about .275?  That’s Hall of Fame material.  I kind of miss Jim Ray Hart


June 23, 2011 at 10:42 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Doctors Upgrade Condition For Beaten Giants Fan

It’s good to hear that Brian Stow, the beaten Giants fans condition is improving. Doctors have weened him off of two out of five medications he can follow certain commands and has now been upgraded from critical to serious. He is also now breathing without a ventilator.

June 22, 2011 at 11:46 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Award for the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links

The Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links — the world-class, 36-hole public golf resort set against the dramatic cliffs of the Pacific Ocean – debuts on the “Platinum List” for Celebrated Living, the official publication of American Airlines Premium Class passengers.


Half Moon Bay Golf Links is featured in the magazine’s June issue for “Top 20 U.S. Golf Courses” alongside PGA and LPGA TOUR venues Pebble Beach Golf Links, Bay Hill and Harbour Town Golf Links.


Located 40 minutes south of San Francisco, the Ocean Course is ranked No.7 by Celebrated Living. The Arthur Hills links-land design stretches 6,649 yards and provides a dash of Scottish flair. In late May, it was named to “America’s Top 50 Courses for Women” by Golf Digest.


The Ocean Course opened in 1997 after an 11-year design and build process. It was quickly bestowed with numerous awards and accolades, including Golf Digest’s “Top Ten Best New Upscale” list in 1998.


For more information about Half Moon Bay Golf Links, please visit or call 650.726.1800.   

June 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

Patrick Willis in the Top 25 For NFL Network’s Top 100 Players

It’s nice to see Patrick Willis make #23 on NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 Players of 2011. You mean, Alex Smith didn’t make the list? No sorry, but I’m sure Jim Harbaugh would have already put him in the Top 5.

Is Ray Lewis better than Willis? The experts think so. Even Willis was less than thrilled in this tweet

“number 23 hmmm. Its doesn’t matter where I start its where I finish that matters most to me. In time my friends. ” I have to Keep grinding”

If this motivates Willis to destroy his opponent even more, then it’s a great ranking, and I wish they would have put him 55th. By the way, Running back Frank Gore was ranked No. 94. Tight end Vernon Davis came in at No. 88

June 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

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