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2010-2020 DECADE OF VICTORY IN THE BAY
DECADE 2010- 2020 VICTORY IN THE BAY
Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Staff Reporter
OAKLAND, CA.-New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles all have come close to gaining multiple winter team championships. The Bay Area will try it in 2016.
Something about all three teams in the Bay Area; they love playing with each other and winning. The Sharks, Warriors, and Giants are family and they root for each other, something this writer has not seen before. Two teams had defensive mentors, defensive gurus before becoming who they are today.
Mark Jackson and Michael Singletary taught the fundamentals and secrets of defense to the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers. Both teams were good students because the next coach just pick upped the pieces and took both teams to championships
The San Jose Sharks started their quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup this week-Their opponent the old school, high scoring, and speed of the three time champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The defensive minded Men of Teal will have their hands full trying to contain the Penguin speed.
San Jose moved into the national sports limelight continuing the decade of winners in the Bay Area. Their third place finish in the Pacific Division this spring guaranteed home ice in the playoffs. The San Jose Sharks did not waste it winning the first three rounds moving on to the finals.
Their veterans have guided The Men of Teal with Goal Brother-defensemen and forward Joel Ward, and Marc Edouard (Pickles) Vlasic. Forwards Joe Pavelski, and Patrick Marleau with centers Joe Thornton and Logan Couture. San Jose is one of a few teams that have four scoring lines.
The San Jose defense saved the Sharks many nights because this team just could not score in the middle of the season, the coaches rectified the problem. The Men of Teal broke out of that at the end of February.
The Golden State Warriors this week will be trying to remain NBA champion as they start their rematch with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year’s championship run and this year’s playoff experience might have made the Warriors a difficult team to defeat. The Splash Brothers, Curry-Thompson carried the team to victory in game 6 and game 7 against the OKC Thunder.
The Dubs-that the name Bay Area fans call them. It is the short name for W’s. Their motto is Strength In Numbers and they (Golden State) might have the deepest bench in the league with centers Festus Ezeli, and Anderson Varejao. Forwards Andre Iguodala, Brandon Rush, and Marreese Speights. With guards Ian Clark, Shaun Livingston, and Leandro Barbosa. All year long they have supported starters Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Andrew Bogut, Draymond Green, and Harrison Barnes.
The starters have logged less than 30 minutes per game, preparing them for the long-hard driving playoffs. They are playing in the Finals again with a record 73 victories during the regular season. It worked because not a single starter has fatigue this year compared to 2015 because of the depth of the bench.
The San Francisco Giants seem to love even numbers, winning the World Series in 2010, 12, 14 and are on track to win the Western Division again in 2016. San Francisco is currently in first place with 33-21 record with three months to go. The Giants revamped their pitching rotation and signed free agent All Star pitcher from Cincinnati Reds Johnny Cueto-(3 months with Kansas City Royals) who’s current record is 8-1 and who has become the ace of the Giant’s staff. San Francisco also signed pitcher Jeff Samardzija- All Star from the Chicago Cubs via the Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox. The only starters from the championship team is Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain (currently on I.R.). Bumgarner is the anchor of the pitching staff. The Giants have All Star manager Bruce Bochy who can write his own ticket to the baseball Hall of Fame and likewise for All Star catcher Buster Posey.
The San Francisco 49ers are like a glowing comet, very bright, attracting attention for a fleeting moment. then flaming out. This could be the best description for the team that moved to Santa Clara, California.
The San Francisco 49ers are now the team of the past in the Bay Area as they fell to last place in 2015. The Niners went to the playoffs in 2011,12, and 13. San Francisco went to the Super Bowl in 2012 losing to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31. The Niners play in the tough NFC West Division with the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and the St. Louis (Los Angeles Rams). Every game counts in this division.
The Niners witnessed the rise and fall of head coach Jim Harbaugh along with the exit of quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City and the demise of starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The building blocks of the San Francisco 49ers fell apart with free agents leaving or not signing with the cherry and gold.
Former 49er head coach Michael Singletary stated many years ago. “I want winners, I want people that want to win”. With championship games, the Bay Area has lived up to that motto and have produced four of them in ten years.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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