It seems as though we’ve had a flood of uninspiring performances and a rash of questionable behavior to comment on lately. Forgive me for being so critical.
So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to focus on the positive and list all the things we have to be thankful for in the Bay Area sports scene.
Buster Posey—12 years of class and excellence
Late-inning Lamonte Wade—Incredible run of game-winning and game-tying hits
Gabe Kapler's genius—Sent up 18 pinch hitters who hit home runs. Are you kidding me?
Logan Webb—Tough as nails, a budding superstar
Brandon Crawford—Michelangelo at shortstop. Should’ve been National League MVP
Steph Curry—Greatest shooter of all time?
Steve Kerr—What every coach should be
Draymond Green—One of the best defenders in NBA history
Gary Payton II—Where did he come from? Unbelievable defense and leaping ability
Joe Lacob—Whatever it takes
Tara VanDerveer—Can always be counted on to produce a top team
Haley Jones' hair—Her play is pretty good, too
The Hull twins (Lexie and Lacie)—Never say die, never give in
Chase Garbers—Steady, classy, big play performer
The Cal Band—Professional alternative to the tasteless idiocy at Stanford
Aaron Rodgers’ medical research and Jon Gruden's emails—Just kidding!
Kyu Blu Kelly—In the tradition of great Stanford DBs
Bob Melvin—Succeeded despite the A’s penuriousness, will thrive in San Diego
Mark Chapman and Mark Olson—Fun while it lasted. Likely to be gone too soon
Jimmy Garoppolo—Has handled team-manufactured QB controversy with class and grace
George Kittle—He blocks, he catches, he fights for extra yardage
Deebo Samuel—A threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball
Larry Scott’s departure—Former commish did serious damage to the Pac-12
An expanded CFP (college football playoff)—Coming soon
A less powerful and prominent NCAA—Hallelujah!
NIL compensation for athletes—At long last, a piece of the pie
Stanford baseball—A great ballpark, Sunken Diamond, and almost always a good team
Bruce Jenkins, Ann Killion and Scott Ostler—3 of the best sports columnists in America under one roof
Susan Slusser and John Shea—Make the Chronicle's baseball coverage unparalleled
Jon Miller, Kruk and Kuip, Dave Flemming—Announcers as good as this year’s team
Big Game—One of the great traditions and rivalries in all of sport. Congrats to the Cal Bears, who dominated this year, 41-11.