Minnesota – Golden State

“He is guarding no one this quarter”

NBA TV broadcasters describing Kevin Love.

I know, I know. The Lakers fans think they are just a signing of Kevin Love, playing him with Kobe to get back into the NBA elite. I’m watching this guy and while putting up some serious offensive numbers (26 points in the 1st half), he’s defensively deficient. This game is now 89-86, Golden State in the 3rd quarter, while Minnesota had a 19-point lead in the second quarter. In the second quarter, Love had a sequence where he got abused on the defensive end, after a score, he didn’t go all the way out of bounds and turned the ball over, then he dribbled the ball off his own leg and out of bounds for another turnover. Not impressive at all.

I suspect being on a playoff contender could help him become a more complete player. Hey, this Ricky Rubio guy is interesting. He can’t shoot, so they pack it in on Love or whoever else Minnesota uses in the post.

Neither one of these teams is defensively accomplished, but they aren’t even working on stops. In BSP’s humble opinion, that’s going to lead to a quick exit for the Warriors.

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Seeing The Lakers

For those of you who remember the very beginnings of this blog, you remember one of the four people it addresses is a fan of The Lakers. Here in San Antonio, The Lakers are quite popular. If you go to the AT$T Center, you’ll see tons of The Lakers fans here. Normally.
By the way, they are The Lakers on this blog because of Fox Sports Radio’s near-continuous discussion of them … despite the fact The Lakers The suck! I didn’t think sports talk radio talked about teams that suck? Unless they live near the broadcasters of course.

Anyway, I’m going out there Wednesday night to see the Spurs play them. Not really, I’m going to see how many The Lakers fans show up. When you have for-real band wagoners, they won’t show up to see an awful team get pummeled by probably one of the top three teams in the league.
I know there are fans of The Lakers everywhere. They are the most popular or second most popular NBA team in all 50 states. But I suspect most of them are band wagoners, only interested when they are winning.
It’s going to be cool observing the few real The Lakers fans out there, watching with sad faces while The Lakers get pounded by Spurs backups. It’s quite enjoyable seeing bandwagoners not showing up to sporting events.

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The Granary

Today, I had lunch with one of my colleagues who is departing out workplace. We went to a place downtown at the Pearl Brewery location, called The Granary. The Granary is one of those upscale places but it is different. It serves barbecue and beer. Apparently, The Granary is a pretty good place to eat. Steven Raichlen said it was in his Top 10 for the United States in 2013. I’ve actually eaten food from all three of the Texas restaurants on this list. Jason Dady of Two Bros, let me say this: The guy is a fabulous cook, he had a restaurant called “The Lodge at Castle Hills” which is now closed. The Lodge was the best restaurant in San Antonio in my opinion. His Tre Trattoria Italian restaurant in Alamo Heights is superb. Two Bros is ok, I guess. My wife has a warped palate and didn’t like it, but it was not my best BBQ experience here.

Oh, what do I think of The Granary? The Granary is superb.

You know what the best thing to eat at The Granary? The turkey. That’s right, the smoked turkey was awesome. Usually, wherever you go, the smoked turkey is NOT awesome. Not even Aaron Franklin’s turkey is awesome. Smoked turkey is usually pretty dry, but this one was juicy and tasty. The barbecue sauce is very good. I had coleslaw, which was decent and the potato salad. TRY THE POTATO SALAD, I absolutely loved it.

Surprisingly, the one thing I do not get down with is their brisket. It’s not bad, but it’s not Franklin Barbecue awesome, either.

The first time we went there, I had a brown ale. It was outstanding.

In other words, everything there was pretty good except the brisket which I felt was average. I still ate it.

If you’re ever in San Antonio and are looking for a trendy upscale place that serves excellent food, try The Granary.

 

 

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Amy’s Baking Company

I’m watching Amy and Samy of Amy’s Baking Company on Dr. Phil. As you know, Amy and Samy appeared on Gordon Ramsey’s “Kitchen Nightmares.”

The interesting thing is, Amy’s Baking Company is actually quite good food. Ramsey said the kitchen was the cleanest one he’s been in. The thing is, the reaction when someone has a complaint. They attack the individual making the complaint.

I understand the small business owner’s attitude. I used to work in a pizza restaurant, where certain customers … like a slimeball who used to work there … knew the rules. Like you could eat half a pizza, return it and get a whole pizza. That was a large chain which didn’t give a damn about that stuff. A small business owner is taking it in the shorts on a deal like that. Samy got pissed when a customer ate three slices of pizza before complaining about it. I get that. Samy’s right when the customer does stuff like that.

And contrary to popular opinion, the customer is not always right. Sometimes the customer is a dumb ass. But as a public service, you have to be nice to the customer, even if you don’t want to be. A store owner could say something like “if you didn’t like your meal this time, come in and see us again, let us know who you are and we’ll make sure your experience is a good one.” I’ve had a popular chain of steak restaurants tell me that exact thing.

Amy and Samy need to relax. They can’t run junk on customers in the restaurant. They can’t respond to personal attacks. This is the United States, people can be belligerent all they want.

 

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By the way, steak

Yeah, after the barbecue post, I went to Whole Foods and picked up three prime, grass-fed ribeyes. At $16.99 per pound, no antibiotics, no hormones, actually this steak is better for you than most foods.

The seasoning is kosher salt and pepper. I cooked them medium rare, which you really can’t see too well from the picture below, but trust me, they are medium rare.

Steven Raichlen has inspired many people who cook with fire, myself included. It wasn’t bone-in but still quite excellent.

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Pessimism Grows in Buffalo

I saw where the Bills might leave Buffalo, when their lease runs out in 2022.

Reportedly, there’s pessimism that the team will stay.

Teams in the NFL aren’t even vulnerable to moves due to lack of people in the immediate city … they become community teams. Green Bay is not very large, not in a great location but they’ve managed to fill their stadium. Cincinnati isn’t even in the top 50 as far as population goes.

When you talk about corporate support, Buffalo has no Fortune 500 companies. But if that kind of corporate support is meaningful, Richmond should have an NFL team. So should San Antonio, and Englewood CO.

There has to be wiggle room there. An NFL owner can leave a team in Buffalo. NFL teams make money no matter what.

Here’s BSP’s call: The Bills belong in Buffalo. If they can’t stay there, Toronto is as far as they go.

 

 

 

 

 

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Up in Smoke

April 1, I noted an email message from Steven Raichlen, “Up In Smoke“.

Before we get to the delicious part, we’ll say you should subscribe to the newsletter if you like barbecue and grilling. Of course, we know they are two different things.

Here’s something you should look at as well: Bone in ribeye. I thought it was overrated, and (vastly) overpriced. Neither one of those statements is true.

Mr. Raichlen has a story which I read by clicking the link to that picture.

I’m going to cut this post short, by going out and purchasing some bone-in ribeyes. One other thing, the hamburgers with the cheese and sun-dried tomatoes are off-the-chain terrific. TERRIFIC.

Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. Tonight. At my house. I might do pictures, stay tuned!

 

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