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Cheat Sheet: East Bay Sports

Not a rabid follower of East Bay sports? Diablo gives you some Christmas-season party chatter.


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Courtesy of GoldenBearSports.com

Between the Warriors, the Raiders, and the Cal and Saint Mary’s teams, the local winter sports scene can get a little confusing. So, if you’re someone who thinks a touchdown is something that happens at the end of a plane ride and the Sweet 16 is a special birthday for teenage girls, it’s time to check out Diablo’s cheat sheet to talking East Bay sports.

Oakland Raiders
 

» Party Banter
If someone asks: Do you think the Raiders are ever going to have a winning season?
Do Say: You never know; their high draft picks have to pay off one of these days.
Don’t Say: Didn’t the Raiders move to Los Angeles?

» Key Terms
Al Davis: The Raiders’ longtime irascible owner, who wants things done his way or the highway.
Just Win, Baby: Al Davis’ signature phrase, meaning winning at all costs. After seven straight losing seasons, this phrase can now be used ironically.
The Black Hole: Nickname for the stadium section reserved for the most passionate, frequently costumed, and occasionally scary members of the Raiders’ fan base.   

Golden State Warriors
 

» Party Banter
If someone asks: What do you think about the Warriors’ chances this year?
Do Say: Maybe with the new ownership and coach, the W’s can finally get back to the play-offs.
Don’t Say: You know, I’m not too crazy about the new logo design on their jerseys.

» Key Terms
Joe Lacob: The South Bay venture capitalist who purchased the Warriors earlier this year for a record $450 million, ending the unproductive 16-year reign of former owner Chris Cohan.
We Believe: The catchphrase coined (and printed onto innumerable yellow T-shirts) during the Warriors’ improbable 2008 play-off run.
Stephen Curry: Already a fan favorite, the Warriors’ second-year guard is personable and easy on the eyes—and he can shoot the lights out.

Cal Football
 

» Party Banter
If someone says: Man, Jeff Tedford just can’t seem to get that team over the hump.
Do Say: Yeah, but he’s still one of the most successful coaches in Cal football history.
Don’t Say: Wow, is it Wednesday already?

» Key Terms
Jeff Tedford: The coach has taken Cal football to new heights—but hasn’t been able to win the big game in recent years.
Big Game: The nickname for the longtime annual rivalry game between Cal and Stanford, first played in 1892. 
Oski: Cal’s bear mascot is beloved by kids, students, and alums alike.

Saint Mary’s Basketball
 

» Party Banter
If someone says: You’ve got to figure Saint Mary’s will miss Omar Samhan this year.
Do Say: Absolutely. He was the biggest factor in their run to the Sweet 16 last year.
Don’t Say: I thought Saint Mary’s was known for producing MBA students, not NBA players.

» Key Terms
Omar Samhan: The big, gregarious San Ramon native graduated but won’t soon be forgotten after leading Saint Mary’s to a Cinderella run in last year’s NCAA tournament.
Randy Bennett: The coach who has helped push the underdog Gaels to national recognition in college basketball—and has stuck around at Saint Mary’s despite offers from bigger schools.
Australia Pipeline: One of the secrets to Bennett’s success has been recruiting players from the mostly untapped country of Australia. 

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