Archive for December, 2010

Soooo, this isn’t exactly Bay Area sports, but Cal’s straw hat band is mentioned in the article and the kid grew up in Northern California, so I’m taking advantage of my administrative powers and bending the rules a bit for this post.

Say hello to Michael Lizarraga, the NCAA Division 1’s first deaf basketball player. The New York Times ran a feature on him earlier this week and after reading it, I just had to share. I hope once you read it, you’ll do the same!

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With her Stanford Cardinal’s 100-45 win this evening over the University of San Francisco Dons, Coach VanDerveer becomes just the 6th NCAA Women’s coach to win 800 games.

I repeat, eight HUNDRED games. Thas cray-zee! I don’t even think I can count that high. Sheesh. Anyway, congrats!

Things just keep getting better for the De La Salle and Chico State alum, as the 27-year-old’s nabbed an invite to the US Men’s National Team training camp in January.

The forward’s been making waves since winning the 2010 MLS Golden Boot Award – given to the guy that scores the most goals – and leading the San Jose Earthquakes into last month’s MLS Playoffs for the first time since the original ‘Quakes bolted for Houston in 2008.

As a soccer fan, you can’t help but love this guy. Wondo – say it with me now, Juan-doe – plays his butt off, scores big goals in big games, and coaches youth soccer in order to make ends meet. (FYI: MLS salaries are a bit less than those in other US pro leagues) Needless to say, I’m rooting for Wondo to kick ass in camp and cap things off with a goal in the US’s match against Chile on Jan. 22, 2011. Anyone who watched the World Cup in South Africa knows, the one thing the red, white, and blue needs more than anything is a striker that can actually score.

I personally think it’s a long shot, but after talk of moving to Fremont and San Jose, we’re now back to talking about the team staying put thanks to the Oakland City Council voting Tuesday night to spend as much as $750,000 on an environmental study for a new ballpark south of Jack London Square. The full story’s here.

It’ll be interesting to see how much longer owner Lew Wolff allows this stadium drama to play out. From folks close to Wolff, it sounds like he’s a patient guy with an awesome plan for a new stadium, but he was already voicing frustration back in July and with the Giants getting so much attention for winning the World Series, I’m sure Wolff’s more eager than ever to get the ball rolling on some new digs.

If you’re unfamiliar with the saga of the A’s new stadium, here’s a great 3-part interview with Wolff from last month. (The links to Pts 1 & 2 are at the top of the page, so be sure to read those first)

So what do you think, will the team stay in Oakland? And if not, where do you think they’ll land?

Or at the very least, cheer for Stanford offensive lineman, Andrew Phillips. Why? Because Phillips lost his father in a plane crash over the summer and instead of sitting out the year, the young man and his teammates have used the heartbreak as motivation for the 2010 season.

I’m sure the Cardinal faithful is well aware of Phillips’ story by now, but as a Bear, I hadn’t heard about the tragedy until opening this week’s Sports Illustrated. For those of you also in the dark, click here and consider yourself warned. I needed tissues.

To the Cal fans sure to give me shit for even considering rooting for our rival, let alone telling others to do so, bring it on. Come January 3, 2011, even though I won’t be at the Orange Bowl, I’ll be screaming for the Cardinal through my tv. Because if anyone deserves the cheers, even though it’s just for a day, that young man is Andrew Phillips.

Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the Mariners, I’m talking about real estate! According to NBC Bay Area, our very own freak – 2-time Cy Young Award winner, Tim Lincecum – has decided to drop some of his hard-earned cash on a condo in downtown Seattle. For a kid that grew up just outside of the city, I’m sure it’s a dream come true. And let’s be honest, Seattle is gorgeous. It’s like San Francisco without the homeless people.

Anyway, congrats to the World Series champ for purchasing his first piece of real estate. Here’s hoping the condo remains an off-season home for years and years to come.

Kate Scott and Nick Winkler close out 2010 with a bang! The duo talks Raiders, Niners, CIF and NCAA bowl games, Cal Women’s Volleyball, Tara VanDerveer’s 800th, UCONN’s 88th, the Sharks’ Logan Couture, the Warriors and Kings combining teams, Minnesota’s cement-like frozen tundra and more! That’s all ahead on the final That’s What She Said podcast of 2010!