Since we had such a great turnout and so much fun at our last BASG meetup, we’re inviting everyone to join us again at The Boardroom on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Those of you who attended the last one remember the hot, delicious Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria thin crust pizza, the sports on televisions spaced artfully across the North Beach sports bar that also considers itself a haven for surfers and snowboarders, and of course the BASG koozies.
We’ll have all of that on Wednesday, along with either some Bay Area baseball teams playing throughout the day or a great place to drown your MLB Postseason sorrows.
And this time, we’ll also have PRIZES.
This BASG meetup is also a charity event. Some friends of ours who are members of Team In Training will be at The Boardroom with us, helping out and putting on a raffle. The cause: raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as they prepare to run in the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 14.
You get one free raffle ticket when you arrive at the event after 6 pm, and then you can buy more for a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes, including two separate Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria pizza parties for 10 people.
Amici’s 1, Giants 0
Those Pizza Party gift certificates are great, because there’s nothing like having a great meal at your house or apartment that you don’t have to prepare yourself, especially when you’re busy watching sports on the couch.
I should know, because when I got back from Candlestick Park yesterday evening after getting quotes, writing a post and walking a mile and a half to my car (uphill!), I was happy yet tired. I also wanted to watch the San Francisco Giants game, which I thought was recording on our DVR. It wasn’t until I went into the recording and started fast-forwarding that I realized I had actually been recording the Yankees/Orioles game, because the rain delay earlier in that game pushed Giants/Reds to another station. I had missed four innings. Suddenly, I wasn’t happy anymore — just tired.
Then I looked over at the table. My wife and her friend had attended the 49ers game as fans and gotten back much earlier and ordered two Amici’s pizzas — one cheese and an Amici’s combo, which has meatballs and bacon. Somehow I did not know that until last night, and this information consoled me as I ate a slice while watching the Giants’ 1-0 deficit grow. It wasn’t a great game, but the pizza was delicious and made the loss a little easier to stomach.
49ers prize: a Vernon Davis autographed football
Among the many prizes we’ll be raffling off on Wednesday evening, only one is signed by the man who I consider the most dangerous tight end in the NFL in open space. Rob Gronkowski was outstanding last season, and Jimmy Graham might be the closest thing to what it would be like to watch LeBron James play football. But even though the 49ers have more weapons in the passing game now than at any time since Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens played on the same field — and maybe even before that era — Davis is still the most feared receiver on the team.
In Davis’ best year (2009), he finished with 965 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. This year he’s on pace for 970 yards and 12.8 TD. Davis has always been a unique weapon, and now with Greg Roman (the “evil genius” as Alex Boone called him yesterday) calling plays and guys like Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree, Kyle Williams and Randy Moss garnering attention, Davis is getting into open space more easily and making teams pay.
Enough with the background story, everyone knows Davis is good. Now about the authentic NFL football signed by No. 85 himself — his number is included in the autograph if you look closely at the pictures below. Many thanks to the 49ers for submitting this awesome prize to the raffle. If you come to The Boardroom for the combination BASG Meetup/Raffle on Wednesday night, you might walk away with this collector’s item!