Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Double K’s Take: The Sadness that is the 2014-15 San Francisco 49ers…


                                                                                   This is a subject that hits close to home for me, since I am a lifelong Niners fan. This has been one of those years that makes it hard to be a fan of any football team. The team came into the season with high hopes after reaching the NFC Championship game and losing to Seattle. When the experts looked at the NFC West they saw the 49ers right in the thick of it. I saw that too I had the team at worst finishing behind Seattle but in the playoffs. Early in the season they showed signs of struggling on the offensive side of the ball, the defense seemed to be in place and all they needed was for the offense to click and at times it did. Then came the stretch in which I thought the 49ers could win 2 out of 3 games during the stretch in which they played Seattle twice and faced the hapless Raiders in Oakland. Alas the actual result was a 3 game losing streak that makes the next couple of weeks of football for nothing more than morale. There were a couple of reasons I feel that this team failed this season….


1.       Offensive/Defensive Injuries – Now most people including me believe in the next man up theory, this season has been just brutal on this team losing offensive lineman Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati for extended periods of time. The defense was hit with injuries and suspensions early in the season and was hit with so much injury that the starting linebackers were a 2nd year player and a rookie who played very admirably in place of the best backing core in the NFL today. This did not allow the team to get into sink and find a rhythm or consistency. So as much as its next man up a human body can only lose so much blood before it dies. So it will have to be next year that this defense shows what it can do. The offense on the other hand needs more work than just getting healthy they need some more aggressive and smart play calling to make it more efficient that it was this season…


2.       Offensive Play Calling – I would say that is was conservative at best and I think that is what cost them the most. Colin Kapernick seemed to have a regression of sorts. Last year he seemed to be inching forward in reading progressions and hitting the open receiver. This year he confirmed the “one step forward, two steps back” theory , this kid has a long way to go before he reaches his potential. So he came in highly touted and failed to live up to the hype he isn’t the 1st won’t be the last to do this. If they manage to keep the coaching staff mostly in place I believe he will progress to fit into his skin so to speak. Now onto the play calling I personally don’t think we saw enough Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde as we could have this season. If greg roman is around next season he needs to remember that these two guys are his bread and butter not Kapernick. If he can realize this he can lead another team to the super bowl…

Now that as far as the playoffs are concerned that much is over for this season. But the team still has two games left so let’s do what good fans do and root on the 49ers in these two games and hope that they can finish 9-7. If they can’t then I think there will be a lot of changes in the 49ers coaching staff and possibly the loss of a really good coach. But like the saying goes “Win, Lose or Tie, Niners till I die!!”

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Double K’s Take: What to expect from the 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers


                                                                                                The Los Angeles Lakers are the epitome of a storied franchise (I believe they have 16 championships?) they have a championship legacy. The Lakers that stand before you today are not that championship caliber that Lakers fans are used to seeing. Dare I even say that the Clippers have become the sexy team in LA and the Lakers have become LA’s other team. This season doesn’t seem to look like it is going to pan out much differently. The Lakers swapped PF with the Bulls, and I think they got the down side of that deal in getting Boozer. They then proceed to go out and sign a bunch of misfits and non stars to try to compete in a deep western conference. But these are the players they are going to try to compete with in years to come….


1.       SG Kobe Bryant (18yr vet, LAL, 2014: 26.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.2 APG): I have nothing but respect for the man that is the 2nd greatest two guard to ever play the position. He is playing at a elite level in his 19th year in the league. The problem with his team is that the players that are around him are not to the level he needs them to be in order to contend for a title this year. So expect it to be a lack luster season with Kobe leading the way and looking like Kobe of old in the process…


2.       SG Nick Young (7yr vet, LAL, PHI, LAC, WAS, 2014: 12.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.7 APG): With Nick Young better known as Swaggy P back in the lineup. The Lakers seem to be reenergized and looking to make themselves relevant in the 2014-15 season. But even with Young in the lineup doing what he is capable of doing I think the Lakers will struggle with some of the top teams in the West…


3.       PG Jeremy Lin (4yr vet, LAL, HOU, NY, GS, 2014: 11.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.8 APG): Lin is sort of a X factor in it all. Can he be the Lin that got him such a huge contract in Houston?? If he can then Lin can be the stabilizing force on the floor and help the Lakers stay in games feeding both Young and Bryant to their hearts content. But how he fits into the Lakers offense has yet to been seen. But I will be sure to keep an eye on that one…

                                                                                           The bottom line is that with Randle and Nash the Lakers may have stood a chance to be a 7 or 8 seed in the playoffs this year. Now only if a few western conference teams fall off the Lake show won’t even be sniffing the playoffs and probably won’t be that fun to watch. Overall I smell top 5 pick out of this team for this season…

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Double K’s Take: What to expect from the 2014-15 Sacramento Kings


                                                                                                Taking a look at the Kings roster I like a lot of what im seeing. Unfortunately the Kings play in the Western Conference so playoff hopes are really not in the cards for the Purple and Black this season….this season. That doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to get in line to in the coming years depending on what they do in the draft and in free agency. But I can guarantee this; this roster will be fun to watch and might even spoil some team’s fun down the stretch of the season. These are some of the key players in that expected success…


1.       PG Ramon Sessions (7yr vet, SAC,MIL,CLE,CHA,LAL, 2014: 5.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.6APG): Sessions may not be a starter, but he is a spark plug off the bench and a stabilizing force at a position that the Kings desperately needed. I think that Sessions can provide that in limited minuets off of the bench. He has played for 5 different teams in his 8 year career but I think he might have finally found a place where he can really make a difference…



2.       SF Rudy Gay (8yr vet, SAC,MEM,TOR, 2014: 22 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.6APG): Gay is a very important piece to the potential for the Kings success. Gay came to the team via trade and could have decided to leave after the season that the Kings had last year. But instead he bought in and accepted his player option for this year and signed a 3 year extension recently. This is the type of loyalty that this franchise needs and maybe he can help lift them from the ashes of mediocrity…



3.       C DeMarcus Cousins (4yr vet, SAC, 2014: 23 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.4 BPG): As the only original member of the Sac Town Big 3, Cousins had been considered a disappointment to most of the fan base because he couldn’t seem to get along with anyone on or off the court. But those days seem to be behind him and Cousins is playing like a new man. Averaging 20+ PPG and 10+ RPG make Cousins one of the top centers in the game today. Will that translate into the playoffs we will have to see…

                                                                                               With the emergence of these three the Kings should be a force in the Western Conference for the next couple of years. They have a head coach that is able to get it done and can mold these young minds into possibly the best trio that the KIings have put on the court in recent memory…

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Double K’s Take: The Oakland Athletics and the 2014 season…


                                                                                                As I sit here and watch the UCLA vs CAL football game I think back over this year and I am immediately drawn to the rise and fall of my team the Oakland Athletics. This year looked to be THE YEAR for the Green and Gold, but when the final out was had the A’s surrendered to a team of destiny in the Kansas City Royals. Im not guaranteeing a series win for the Royals but it does seem to be THEIR YEAR. I look at a season that early on lead a lot of people to know that the Oakland A’s are for real and they were led by a young Sonny Gray and a revived Scott Kazmir. To open the season the Athletics had a deep starting rotation…


                                                                                                A rotation that was filled with names like Griffin and Parker, both pitchers suffered season ending injuries to open the season. That’s when Gray stepped up and Kazmir followed as both had amazing 1st halves of the season and lead the Athletics to the best record in baseball early. Then came September and that Athletics fell apart. A lot of people want to blame the trade of two time all star and home run champ Yoenis Cespedes. But I say that they lost more I the locker room than at the plate. The Athletics other big bats Moss, Norris and Donaldson all went cold at the same time, there is nothing to say that the same thing wouldn’t have happened even with Cespedes (Who was batting .256 at time of infamous “Lester trade”). Then after that the Athletics starters began to unravel as the likes of Jeff Samardja and Jason Hammel began to struggle and even Grey and Kazmir hard rough 2nd halves…


                                                                                                Then came the back end of the second half when the Athletics were able barley hold on and make the Wild Card game after leading the west and most of baseball for about ¾ of the year. It was what some would consider a epic collapse, and I would be hard pressed to be able to argue the point against it. From 1st to the second WC spot in less than two months is a pretty far fall. But I remind you that the Brewers were up there with the Athletics early in the season and fell to completely out of the playoffs. So my point is that it could have been a lot worse for the A’s. Now at the end of the day the Royals used an amazing comeback in the bottom of the 7th, 8th and extra innings, against a very good Athletics bullpen and some questionable calls by manager Bob Melvin in the Wild Card game the Athletics sit at home and watch their cross town rivals look to eliminate the same team that eliminated them. For the 2nd time in 3 years, but as a Athletics fan I know that there is always next year but we will be without Lester and without Hammell and Dunn. We will be returning some great players and have a competitive team but they wont be this team the one that truly lost a magical chance…

Here are some of your regular season leaders for 2014…

Leader in Wins: SP Scott Kazmir (15 wins)












Leader in ERA: RP Fernando Abad (1.57 ERA)








Leader in Saves: RP Sean Doolittle (22 Saves)








Leader in IP: SP Sonny Gray (219 IP)
Leader in SO: SP Sonny Gray (183 SO)









Leader in Runs Scored: 3B Josh Donaldson (93 R)
Leader in Hits: 3B Josh Donaldson (155 H)
Leader in Doubles: 3B Josh Donalson (31 2B)
Leader in Home Runs: 3B Josh Donalson (29 HR)
Leader in RBI’s: 3B Josh Donaldson (98 RBI)
Leader in Walks: 3B josh Donaldson (76 BB)




















Leader in Triples:  OF Josh Reddick (7 3B)









Leader in Strikeouts: OF/1B Brandon Moss (153 SO)






Leader in Stolen Bases: OF Craig Gentry (20 SB)










Leader in .AVG: 1B Kyle Blanks (.333 AVG)


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Double K’s Take: The Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline 2014…


                                                                                                This year’s Oakland Athletics team came into this season with a very strong lineup and pitching staff. The pitching staff was so good that they lost two of their best (Griffin and Parker) and still were able to be one of the best starting five in baseball. But that wasn’t enough for A’s GM Billy Beane he wanted a team that could stand with the best of them and to me it looks like he has put together that team. Some would say that Beane is going “all in” for this season. I think that he is too but I think that he has also set them up for success in coming years. As for 2014 let’s take a look at the key pieces that I think the A’s got themselves in this very active trade deadline and what they lost…


#1 SP Jon Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 149 SO) from the Boston Red Sox: This was a huge pickup with the postseason in mind. Lester not only is an ace on any staff that he is on but he is one of the best pitchers in recent memory in October and November. So we will not know the true value of the trade for him until the postseason gets here…


#2 SP Jeff Samardja (2-1, 3.19 ERA, 27 SO) from the Chicago Cubs: This was a trade that no one saw coming kind of like the Lester trade. The only difference is that what the Athletics gave up to get the Shark is a lot less than what they gave up to get Lester. But this one was another win now trade that put the A’s in position to get to the Series in 2014…


#3 OF Sam Fuld (.212 avg., 1 HR, 4 RBI, .297 OBP)(Twins) and OF Jonny Gomes (.234 avg., 6 HR, 32 RBI, .329 OBP)(Red Sox): Now these two guys were both picked up on deadline day and both will be looked to, to replace the offense lost by the trade of Cespsdes. Neither guy is a power hitter but both are smart at the plate and understand what manager Bob Melvin wants being that they both have played for the A’s in recent years…

                                                                                                Now remember in order to get something in the MLB you have to give something up. In order to get the Shark the Athletics had to give up some of their future in top prospect Addison Russell and in order to get a ace like Jon Lester the A’s had to give up their 2 time HR Derby champ and All Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Was it worth it?, Only time will tell but this is what they gave up to get these guys…


#1 OF Yoenis Cespedes (.256 avg, 17HR, 67RBI, .303 OBP) to the Boston Red Sox: Cespedes was one guy that I have hated to see go. Mainly because I think that this guy is going to hit a lot of homeruns throughout his career and I wanted that to happen in the Green and Gold. Instead he will spend at least the next two years in Boston, but getting back a pitcher that can help us win a title this year makes it worth it to this A’s fan…


#2 SP Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.55 ERA, 61 SO) to Minnesota Twins: Milone asked to be traded after he had a great run of games before being sent down to the minors to make room for the Shark and Hammel. So at the trade deadline the A’s gave him his wish and he is now a Twin and hopefully can be successful in his future endeavors….


#3 SP Dan Straily (1-2, 4.93 ERA, 34 SO)(Cubs) and SS Addison Russell (N/A)(Cubs):Now these two guys were not a big loss for the Athletics only because Straily started the season In the rotation and struggled before being sent down and traded and Russell was a non factor in AA with a lot of potential to make it to the majors. So these two will make a impact down the road but they could help Oakland now so its not a loss to lose them to the Cubs…

                                                                                                Overall I think that these moves made the A’s a more dangerous team especially come October when pitching really matters. So keep an eye on one of the teams that was busiest during the trade deadline. Can the Athletics win a World Series this year? I think they can they have all the pieces in place to get it done, they just have to get to October so they can show the rest of the league…

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Double K’s Take: The San Francisco 49ers loaded Wide Receiving core….


                                                                                                                This year’s niners team is loaded in so many area’s from the quarterback position to the running back position, the defensive line to the amazing line backer core. But for the purpose of this article we are going to focus on the wide out position. I say wide out because I am also going to include the tight ends in this article. So lets first look at the starters then I will take a look at receivers and tight ends who I think can and will make an impact this season regardless of time on the field. Now let’s look at the starting 4…


WR1 – Michael Crabtree (Drafted in 2009 by SF) (Career: 279rec 3,629yrds 22TD, 2013*: 19rec 284yrds 1TD): Crabtree came into the league as a diva and he still remains one. This wide out though has proven to be worth the trouble. When he is on the field the dynamic of the defense changes because you know that he is a threat to go to the house at any moment. He has been the target of Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman’s barbs for most of the offseason. Let’s hope that helps him develop even faster in the wide out he has the potential to be. I can see him going for over 1,000yrds if he can stay healthy and stay on the field. He is just the first of the 49ers weapons I think that will be crucial to Kapernick’s success…


WR2 – Anquan Boldin (Drafted in 2003 by ARI) (Career: 857rec 11,344yrds 65TD, 2013: 85rec 1,179yrds 7TD): Boldin is the veteran of the group and the only one that is a Super Bowl champion. When Boldin first came over from the Ravens I knew he would have impact and he did pretty much from game one until Crabtree hit the field Boldin was the number one option on most plays. He put up decent numbers in his first year with the team but I think we have yet to see what Bolding truly has to offer when he isn’t the only viable weapon on the field. This year will be that year when he can show exactly why he was a first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals 11 years ago…


WR3 – Steve Johnson (Drafted in 2008 by BUF) (Career: 301rec 3,832yrds 28TD, 2013: 52rec 597yrds 3TD): Steve Johnson is the second major addition to the wide receiving corps in the past two seasons. I think that this is the best thing that could have happened for his career. He comes to a place where he doesn’t have to be the man, all he has to do is go out there and perform. He has the talent with his 6+ foot frame and a little over 200 lbs he should be able to give most nickel corners fits when he gets out there and makes plays. Overall great addition that that will help them come playoff time as he bounces between the 2-3 spots on the depth chart…



TE1 – Vernon Davis (Drafted in 2006 by SF) (Career: 397rec 5,201yrds 53TD, 2013: 52rec 850yrds 13TD): With Vernon finally showing up at training camp this team can begin to dream. These four men will give most defenses too many targets to cover. But Vernon is pretty much the most important piece to the puzzle because he will open up things for Boldin and Crabtree. Vernon is a true deep threat and can run routs better than most of the tight ends in the NFL. When the season begins if all of these guys are healthy expect the 49ers offense to be pretty potent!!...

                                                                                                                And then there are the guys that I think will see play time and when they do they will have an impact on this team’s ability to win in the postseason. Coach Harbaugh was known for his depth with the Cardinal and I think he has built a similar team here that can win on a consistent basis. Here are a couple of the guys I think will provide that impact!!...








WR4 – Quinton Patton (Drafted in 2013 by SF) (Career: 3rec 34yrds 0TD): Patton was drafted two years ago and never really given a chance to break into the starting lineup. This year won’t be any different with three solid starters in place but he will get his chance to be on the field. I think if he can just make sure to perform well when he is on the field he will continue to get more playing time in. He is a quick and small which will allow him to be elusive and I think that he will also make a good slot rotation receiver when Johnson is tired…









WR5 – Bruce Ellington (Drafted in 2014 by SF) (Rookie): Ellington like Patton is small and quick, I don’t think he will be getting a lot of playtime this season. Where I think he will make his impact will be on special teams. This kid can make some big plays in that area and I think that will result in him getting a roster spot and developing within this offense he was a steal with where the Niners were able to get him in the draft. Let’s see if that steal will pay off with on the field and during the season…







TE2 – Vance McDonald (Drafted in 2013 by SF) (Career: 8rec 119yrds 0TD): Harbaugh used former tight end Delanie Walker a lot during the 49ers first run to the NFC Championship game. I think that Vance will fill a similar role in his second year. He is a very talented athlete who struggled in his rookie season but I think that he will have a breakout year this year and will work his way into regular rotation as the season progresses. I personally think he is capable of having a 500+ yard season if he remains productive and progressing at the same rate. So look for these three to have impact in their own ways but all will be a part of what I expect to be a successful season in 2014-15…

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