Amare Stoudemire

Wait, was that Dave Chappelle over there?

OK, so I don’t have any confirmation, but I’m about 98% sure I saw Dave Chappelle at around 6:15 yesterday evening. I was leaving work (I work on Market St, between 3rd and 4th), and sitting in front of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, drinking a coffee and smoking a cig, was a dude who looked just like the best comic of the last decade.

You know, other than George Lopez.

I’ve heard rumblings that Chappelle has been seen in the city, so I’m pretty sure it was him. The cigarette, blue zip-up hoody pulled over his head and the look he gave me — the “I know why you’re staring at me, trying to figure out who I am, and I hope you don’t do a bad Rick James impersonation” look — was the clincher. I saw Dave Chappelle, and I didn’t say a damn thing. Probably better that way. I’m guessing by the look he gave me, and with my worry at the time that maybe the guy in question wasn’t Chappelle and he’d think I was a racist for assuming he was, nothing good could have come out of that conversation.

Commercial, human interest puff piece, repeat…

– I’ve watched a grand total of one hour of the Winter Games, and that was because I went to my Nana’s house on Saturday and it was on in the background. I’ll say this for the Olympics, it sure has made me appreciate the way NBA regular season games are televised. You know, from beginning to end, with a routine segment for puff pieces that everyone knows about and can avoid (halftime).

– Just for fun (and because JCB9 from McCovey Chronicles posted it), Will Clark’s grand slam in the 1989 NLCS against the Cubs.

– The Cavs made the right decision today, giving Steve Kerr the Heisman and going from Plan A (Amare Stoudemire) to Plan B (Antawn Jamison). One has to wonder when the NBA is going to wise up and get rid of that loophole where guys like Zydrunas Ilgauskas can just get their contracts bought out and go back to their original teams a few weeks after being traded. Maybe after the 2011 lockout.

– And you know what the Cavs getting Jamison means: the Warriors are stuck with Corey Maggette’s contract for at least this year, and probably the next three years after that. At least Anthony Morrow looks like he’s come back to life a little.

– With the Giants’ questionable recent history in terms of diagnosing injuries (Freddy Sanchez), I wonder if they’ve even given Madison Bumgarner’s arm a rudimentary examination. Considering his drop in velocity last year is pretty much a Defcon 5 concern, you’d think they would.

– Of course, if Bumgarner was under the care of the Warriors’ training staff, he’d probably be pitching whiffle-ball batting practice at max effort in the snow.

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