Thursday, October 30, 2014

giants are world series champs (again)!

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

prior to the game i had emailed my fellow fans these facts:

we have a lot of history to break:

If you go back to the last 15 times a home team forced a Game 7 in the World Series or the League Championship Series, 14 of them came away with the title.

Teams with home field advantage have won 23 of the past 28 titles.

And the Giants have never won a World Series Game 7 in their history, losing in 2002, 1962, 1924 and 1912.

This series has followed the exact pattern of the only other all-wild card match-up in 2002 - we all know how that ended. 

i freaked a lot of them out, but for me it made me hungry for a win and i could think of no other team that could pull it off. a friend that had just flown from sf via chicago even joined me at the brooklyn bar that i watched the 2012 win. familiar faces were in attendance and i was feeling safe even when there was that bobble by blanco and perez in the 9th.  giants always have to add a little torture to the mix. i'm still delirious and in a surreal state that we have actually won a third world series in 5 years. yes yes yes! don't stop believin'!

Monday, October 27, 2014

giants win!

 (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
the niners were on a bye and honestly we all know where all the bay area fans attentions were on. mad bum took care of business like no other and here we go back to kc for game 6. so i missed the first pitch last night but glad mlb posted the video.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

whiplash


i've been dying to see this after viewing the trailer. i was surprised that the theatre was pretty full considering it's a pretty intense little film against a landscape of bigger budget blockbusters (ie. gone girl, ouija). i'm happy this smaller film is getting seats filled. 

this film is a doozy. miles teller matches the acting caliber of j.k. simmons in this psychological push and pull between teacher and student. i've been a fan of teller from his work in the spectacular now, and yes the awkward moment. he isn't a pretty boy, but the boy can act. simmons is probably guaranteed an oscar nomination and hoping teller gets one too. one of the best films i've seen this year and hoping it doesn't get lost in the holiday onslaught of oscar-pushed films.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

niners win

it wasn't a pretty first quarter, but we rallied in the end. we have a mini lead over the seahawks after they fell against the cowboys.  i think that's the first time i've ever rooted for the cowboys. seattle defense wasn't looking so hot. up next for the niners is a doozy - denver. 
Photo: Scott Kane / Associated Press

Friday, October 10, 2014

fltgc: west 24th edition

i haven't been able to keep up with my friday lunch time gallery crawls due to work and spending most lunches at my desk. that's sad. so this trip back to art crawling during lunch was most satisfying. it's great to get out of the office and just be transported into another space of creativity. it was especially true for jacob hashimoto's skyfarm fortress. i had just missed his gas giant at moca in june, so happy to have been able to catch the site specific piece. while on west 24th, i popped into metro pictures and mike weiss gallery. the latter was another make-up viewing as i missed tom fruin's kolonihavehus at the dumbo arts festival and the original watertower in dumbo. a treat to see the dutch masters version.



jim shaw at metro pictures

andy hope 1930

tom fruin - watertower (dutch masters)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

here we go again

Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesEven with the Giants' backs against a literal wall,
players such as Hunter Pence came through.
late into early this morning, i sat with fists clenched watching the giants get the last out in the ninth inning to propel them into another nlcs. i was like my fellow giants pals and new pals at a local watering hole in bed sty. a round of shots were had in celebration. what is it about even years and the giants? it's truly tortuous to watch these series but somehow you can't not watch. in 2010, i was up at the dead of night watching in london. 2012 it was brooklyn but pre-sandy. coincidentally, i've also traveled respectively to dc and pittsburgh to see the g-men lose to the two teams they've beaten this fall to get them to the nlcs. lessssss gooooo giants!
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