Darting here and there ... Sorry we missed you last week. We took a few days off to go slopestyling and halfpiping, and boy, do we feel refreshed. Imagine our disappointment to learn slopestyling does not involve combing back one's hair while doing a midair 360. You know the Cold War is over when you truly feel sorry for Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko and his aching back. Besides, we'll always have a soft spot for guys named Evgeni. Nabokov! Under Armour has been great for bringing out the best in local clients Stephen Curry and Buster Posey. Not so much for U.S. speedskaters, though. What, did they line the back pockets with lead? Twisted Mind Dept.: You wonder how many stray dogs have been adopted at animal shelters this past week with the new name of Sochi (hopefully, a lot). Sheesh, forget the toilets and hotel lobbies. That city can't even get the snow right! Poor Shaun White, halfpipe has-been. Should have never cut those lovely red locks, lad. The line for the Tara Lipinski Fan Club forms right here, whether she's talking about figure skating or not. Wait a minute, she's 31? Wasn't she just 15? That's what happens when you see these people only every four years. It's definitely a bit slow for the USA at these Olympics when the trending topic becomes Bob Costas' eye infection. Believe it, men everywhere are applauding with glee at this latest equality step: women's ski jumping. But hey, watch that first step, darlin'. It's our belief that the truly great sports stars leave a memorable mark in every city during their careers. LeBron James dropped off his Oakland one Wednesday night. If James takes that shot 100 times, he maybe makes 15. But he was in a zone. You knew it was a swish when it left his hand and Andre Iguodala didn't get a fingernail on it. LeBron was much closer to Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob sitting courtside than the basket. Should have jumped in and double-teamed with Andre, Joe. In 10 years, it won't hurt so much that the Warriors lost. For most fans, it'll become one of those "I was there the night ..." nights. And those with good memories will remember Curry's three-point play, too, right before the majestic James fadeaway. Much Ado About Almost Nothing File: Mark Jackson sure got the cold injured shoulder from Andrew Bogut on the "sleeping on it" comment. Then again, not exactly on par with Sprewell-Carlesimo. Inside basketball insight: Klay Thompson is shooting the Adam Silver autographed ball much better than the old David Stern one. Not as full of hot air, apparently. Speaking of great ones leaving their mark in every city, wonder if Oakland can get Derek Jeter to re-enact his flip to home plate when he passes through for the last time? Greatest heads-up baseball play we've ever seen, bar none. Also wonder if we can find Jeremy Giambi to re-enact not sliding on that play (although Jeremy might have been out either way). Giants pitchers and catchers reported to spring training Friday. First question: How's the ankle, Huddy? A's pitchers and catchers reported to spring training Friday. First question: Nice offseason moves, Billy. But did you get anybody who can hit Verlander? By the way, yes, we're already working in midspring Bochy mode: Timmy, Cainer, Bum, Vogey, Huddy. Our theory on why the Giants didn't sign Bronson Arroyo. Boch couldn't figure out a pet name. Bronsey? Nah, yuck. Of course, since the most recent photo came 2-3 weeks ago, everyone's waiting to see if Pablo Sandoval will show up looking like Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club." On the subject of photos, we saw some this week of the press box at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara ... and instantly got a nosebleed. One sportswriter to another next year at Levi's: "Was that Kaepernick on the read-option, or just an aphid running across the window?" Finally, say what you will about the late Al Davis, but even 10-15 years ago, he would have drafted Michael Sam if he thought Sam could play and not given it a second thought.
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