Let’s start with an easy one. Yes, the Giants are lucky right now. Luck is good. Ask any gambler. Ask the guy who sells you your lottery ticket. Ask anyone who’s been pulled over in a traffic stop. If you’re a Giants fan (and you are now if only to make believe their luck will somehow rub off on you), embrace the luck that has been lavished upon you, because if things even out, and they usually do, you’re going to pay hard for this.
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And now, some pregame analysis for Game 4: Nobody knows anything. Nothing is a factor, there are no advantages. You cannot guess what the turning point will be, unless you’ve got money on hail the size of doll heads. When people are giving you pregame analysis, you’re being lied to.
Tomorrow’s pregame starts at 4 p.m. Don’t miss it.
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Also, your new favorite pitcher is not Madison Bumgarner, but Kansas City’s Brandon Finnegan, who saw a broke guy’s plaintive cry on Twitter for two tickets for Tuesday’s Game 3 against Baltimore and went to considerable lengths to see that he got them.
When was the last time Bumgarner did that? I mean, he may be able to send a snotrocket across a crowded ballroom and hit the ice sculpture in the eye, but free tickets? Let’s see him do that.
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Drew Magary, a mad, impetuous and partially misanthropic genius who writes for a number of publications, wrote words under this headline on Deadspin:
“What If Tom Brady Gets Ebola?”
You mean other than the line on Thursday’s game going from 8½ to “Holy Crap”? You have to read it yourself, and any complaints you might have should be directed to him. I have enough trouble calling the Giants lucky when they are.
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The hilariously insane proliferation of cameras and microphones swirling around football players has reached its oversaturation point if you ask one of its primary victims.
“I hate it,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told Dan Patrick Tuesday. “I don’t like it at all.”
“It’s too much access,” Rodgers said. “There’s too much access. A couple of games ago I got bumped in the head by a camera guy trying to get into a pregame huddle. I’m just like, ‘What are you doing?’
“After a game, they rush you, and I’m just trying to go see somebody I might know on the other team. I just think the access is over the top. What conversations are private now on the field? I’d say just about none. I understand that our game is so popular because of some of this access, but I just feel like there should be some conversations left on the field.”
Little does he know that the league is finalizing a deal with The Kohler Company in which his case his even more intimate game-day moments . . . well, he’ll find out. Heh heh heh.
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According to the Associated Press, the Los Angeles City Council has given developer AEG another six months to cajole an NFL team to go to Los Angeles and play in a downtown stadium. Really? How long does it take to get Mark Davis to hop in a limo and drive down Highway 5 drooling like a basset hound?
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Mike Goldberg’s day job broadcasting UFC bouts for Fox is safe, but the network ended his experiment doing NFL play-by-play after a debut that ended so poorly that he cursed critics on Twitter.
Looks like this is a job for Gus Johnson and Warren Barton.
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If you’re a Sharks fan, Tuesday’s game must have been nostalgic but good. Up 3-0 in Washington, only to have the Caps tie the game at 5, they managed to flip the script and win in a shootout.
But I’ll bet Todd McLellan still isn’t all the chipper about it. There are still 79 practice games to go before the season starts.
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Here’s another way to win fans, from Who Ate All The Pies: Inter Milan defender Juan Jesus decided to respond to fans unhappy that Inter had lost its last two matches by Tweeting, “Whatever happens, we are always together. A hug to you.”
That played the way you thought it would, with one fan responding, “Whatever happens, you always take your salary!! Wake up!! You need to win.” So Jesus, apparently not satisfied that he just stuck his nose in the ceiling fan, went all in.
“How about we swap places? I’ll give you my wages and you live my life (training, travel, games). According to you we do things for a laugh.”
In other words, he offered a hug, got slagged for it, and then offered to switch lives with a critic in response. Well, based on that, J.J., you stink. May I please have a Lamborghini and we’ll call it even?
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The big Serbia-Albania Euro 2016 match (trust us, it’s big, okay?) was abandoned after it turned all Serby-Albany. The game in Belgrade was played without any Albanian fans who were prohibited from going into the stadium because of security concerns, then turned weird when someone sent a drone trailing the Albanian flag behind it into the stadium. This caused Serbian Stefan Mitrovic to grab the flag, which precipitated a number of fights that resulted in the Albanian players pelted with garbage as they left the field – all after the game had been delayed because the fans had been hurling flares onto the pitch.
And in America, we still need mascots.
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And finally, the 49ers’ rebel without a treble knob, Colin Kaepernick, continued to fight the law, only he did it by complying with it. This time, he taped over the logo on his Beats headphones for his postgame presser so that he wouldn’t get fined by the NFL’S pointless irritation drones after the 49ers’ win in St. Louis. He wasn’t, but Bose, the official stupid head-candy of the NFL, has yet to weigh in on this clear breach of humans-as-corporate-cattle behavior.
[RELATED: Kaepernick wins first of three appeals]
Ride on, Colin. Defend your ears. You know the NFL never will.