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The NY Yankees are Finally Playing It Smart

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 1, 2007

The main reason for this is General Manager Brian Cashman. George Steinbrenner is no longer using Cashman like a human puppet, and is letting him do his thing and pull the strings himself, and so far it looks like a very wise business decision. Georgie Porgie has a history of moving personnel around like those little pieces in a Monopoly game. The result is that the Bronx Bombers have spent more time in Marvin Gardens than they have on Park Avenue. Last season the Detroit Tigers embarrassed them so badly that the team looked like that poor sap in Monopoly jail. This year the Yanks may just... (more)

Tags: mlb, new york yankees, george steinbrenner, the yanks, bronx bombers

Betelnut is Spicy and Pricey

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 1, 2007

Down on San Francisco’s trendy Union Street there’s a fairly well-known restaurant called Betelnut. Since the place is roughly 400 yards from my house, I have been there close to a dozen times. It’s supposedly former President Bill Clinton’s favorite SF eatery, and I know for a fact he has been there several times in the past couple of years. And no, he didn’t bring Jennifer Flowers or Monica Lewinsky with him, either. Betelnut is modeled after a “pejiu wu,” which in Chinese means “beer house.” The cuisine is described as Asian “street food”. It tends to a little spicier... (more)

Tags: san francisco, restaurant, bill clinton

The Dodgers Hate the Giants. And Vice Versa!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 28, 2007

Since 1969, the year my family moved to L.A. from New York, I have personally witnessed one of the most intense sports rivalries in team sports between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.

This rivalry is so special because it's so old, with great tradition and history behind it. This hate-hate relationship can be traced all the way back to the early 1900's, when the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers (originally the Robins) fought and scrapped throughout many seasons. Names like John McGraw, Zack Wheat, Christy Mathewson, Mel Ott, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese,... (more)

Tags: baseball, los angeles, new york, san francisco, dodgers, giants

An Online Dating Horror Story

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 28, 2007

I was very skeptical about entering the world of online dating when I initially signed up with match.com. As a 48-year-old single male with more issues than Reader' Digest, my expectations were understandably low to start with. I've never been married, I don't have any kids and my best friend is my shrink. I decided early on that I would probably be satisfied having a relationship with someone who simply had fewer problems than I did.

I had heard both horror stories as well as wondrous tales about the online dating experience, some undoubtedly as much fiction as truth, and all of them... (more)

Tags: dating, match.com, dating sites, dating horror

The Last of the Great San Francisco Street Perfomers

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 27, 2007

His name is Noah Tyler, age 55, but everyone calls him Dave. He’s one of the last street musicians still left in San Francisco. I first encountered him when I was walking my dogs down by Fisherman’s Wharf on the weekends. It’s a nice stroll down through Aquatic Park, if you can stay clear of all the clueless tourists on bikes who seem to think people on foot are simply in the way. So, I go down to where the cable cars turn around, and I started to notice this street musician entertaining the tourists while they waited in line for a cable car to board. I was immediately impressed with Dave... (more)

Tags: san francisco, police, music

Our Mayor Here in SF is a Dog!!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 27, 2007

Our Mayor Gavin Newsom has had a tough year and it’s only February. First, he gets caught sleeping with his buddy’s wife, then he announceds that he has a serious alcohol problem and is going into rehab. And now he has to get a restraining order because some guy is stalking him. Wow. In 2006, Newsom was an up-and-coming politician with a promising future, and now his future looks about as bright as Donald Rumsfeld's or Scott Peterson's. San Francisco is a very open-minded and permissive city. Drinking and getting drunk is part of the culture here. But, folks will not look past the fact that... (more)

Tags: san francisco

All You Can Eat Dodger Seats? I'm In!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 26, 2007

I read the other day where the LA Dodgers are going to be offering $40 all-you-can-eat seats in a special section of the right-field pavilion at Dodger Stadium. 3,000 fans will have the pleasure of consuming as many hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos and sodas that their bellies can hold. Beer, ice cream and candy will not be included in the deal, most likely so that drunks and diabetics won’t kill themselves in a free-for-all eating/drinking frenzy. Personally, I am in heaven. I know that I’ll be one of the first fans to try and turn it into an eating contest. Eating contests are something... (more)

Tags: baseball, new york, nfl, restaurant

Academy Awards Pretty Predictable

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 26, 2007

Last night’s Academy Award Ceremony was fairly predictable, but in the end I would have to give it an overall grade of B-plus. Ellen Degeneres played it pretty safe as the master of ceremonies, but at least she didn’t pull a Letterman. Interviewing the nominees was fun and Degeneres took a laidback, casual approach to the whole affair, which I think came off well. It’s a tough gig and Ellen stepped up. Some of the evening’s major highlights included Forest Whitaker’s acceptance speech while his wife cried, Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly’s song and dance number, the amazing... (more)

Tags: movie, borat

Foreign Cinema: Where Food Meets Film

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 26, 2007

The San Francisco Mission District is so strange. If it weren’t for the trendy restaurants, awesome burritos and cool nightclubs, I wouldn’t ever want to go there. It’s a rough neighborhood in so many spots, but there are a ton of great places to eat, drink and party in that part of town, so much so that it’s not just a destination, it’s a culinary and entertainment haven. Foreign Cinema is a perfect example of this phenomenon. When you first walk up to the place, you’d swear it’s a tattoo parlor or a porn theater. You fully expect to see a couple of junkies and/or winos laid out... (more)

Tags: san francisco, movie, restaurant

Extremely Dangerous Drivers Need to Be Slowed Down

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 25, 2007

The other night I was walking my two dogs near Octavia and Green Streets, when a driver from EXTREME PIZZA rolled through a stop sign and barely missed hitting me and my mutts with his vehicle. Had I not stopped suddenly I would have been seriously injured. This is not the first time this has happened. Pizza drivers drive fast, just like cab drivers, which is to be expected in this city, but the drivers for EXTREME PIZZA are by far the worst. In case you have not noticed, pedestrians are an endangered species in this area, especially around Union Street. I have seen numerous people on foot... (more)

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