Giants receive World Series Championship rings

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Giants receive World Series Championship rings

April 9, 2011
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Bruce Bochy pulled a prank on a few of his players late in spring training, bringing them into his Scottsdale Stadium office and showing them an inexpensive ring from the Dominican Summer League.He insisted it was a preview of their World Series jewelry to come.Ha! Pat Burrell, one guy on the Giants who already owned a World Series ring, bit hard at the joke. On Saturday night, Burrell got to show off the real thing on the main center-field scoreboard at AT&T Park.San Francisco's players, front office members and other staff received their 2010 championship bling by Tiffany & Co. in a pregame ceremony before hosting the St. Louis Cardinals - and oh, what an upgrade, coming from those signature blue Tiffany boxes.They were a surprise to most everybody. Managing partner Bill Neukom asked Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean for their input, but that was about it. For a second straight day the club celebrated the city's first championship since moving West in 1958.The very first ring went to longtime equipment manager Mike Murphy, who has been with the club since starting as a bat boy in '58. Sabean was next, followed by Bochy.
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"This is one you'll want to wear," Bochy said. "I'll wear it all the time. I don't wear jewelry so to speak, but I'll wear this with a lot of pride."Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry and Orlando Cepeda received their World Series rings at the end to a rousing ovation. Juan Marichal and Monte Irvin weren't on hand and will get their rings later.The rings are primarily white gold with a total of 77 diamonds weighing just under one carat. The top features the team's "SF" logo set with round diamonds encircled by a bezel of yellow gold flanked by two round diamonds. One side of the ring says 2010 with a yellow gold tower of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The other side features the recipient's name in a ribbon over the World Series trophy.Within the top of the trophy is one mandarin orange spessartite garnet stone representing San Francisco's title with five diamonds below the trophy's base for the five Giants titles won in New York.Bochy said the ring ceremony was talked about among the players and that they were anxious for the "emotional" moment."It's going to be my best day in professional ball," said Bochy, San Francisco's fifth-year skipper. "It's going to be one of the greatest days in a lot of these players' careers to get a ring. It's going to have very special meaning."The 55-year-old Bochy had lost 10 of his previous 11 postseason games while managing the San Diego Padres before the remarkable 2010 run by club he referred to as "characters, castoffs and misfits."Bochy was swept in the 1998 World Series while with San Diego and eliminated in the minimum three games in the 2005 division series by St. Louis, then lost in four games to the Cardinals in the first round the very next year. That '98 team was Bochy's lone pennant in 12 seasons as Padres skipper.Another special part of the night was Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson's presentation of the Giants' previous five championship souvenir gifts, including three rings. It was the champion New York Giants in 1922 who presented the first World Series ring to players, a tradition that became a staple in 1928, according to Idelson.The Hall has a display at Cooperstown of every ring.Other offerings in the past were medals, watch fobs or fancy pins or pendants."There was nothing I could find on why the Giants did it first or whose idea it was," Idelson said.Juan Uribe, now with the rival Dodgers, will receive his ring privately Monday when Los Angeles comes to town for a three-game series.Tom O'Rourke, Tiffany's vice president of business sales, said some of the rings are still being produced. The Giants received seven or eight different samples during the process. Tiffany last did a baseball championship ring for the winning Toronto Blue Jays teams in 1992 and '93 but has made rings for other sports franchises.

Falcons C Mack explains what makes Shanahan's offense so effective

Falcons C Mack explains what makes Shanahan's offense so effective

The Atlanta Falcons had the highest scoring offense during the 2016 regular season, averaging 33.8 points per game, and they racked up 6,653 total yards.

In two playoff games, they've scored a combined 80 points.

The architect of that high-powered offense is Kyle Shanahan, who is the presumptive head coach of the 49ers.

So what makes Shanahan's scheme so effective?

Falcons starting center and former Cal Bears star Alex Mack answered that on ESPN's Mike and Mike show on Tuesday.

"He does a really good job of just having a very balanced offense. We want to run outside schemes. we want to run outside zone, we want to be really effective at doing that. And when a team stops you from doing that, when they put people over there, or they slant out or whatever they do to stop that, he has the backup plan," Mack said.

"He knows exactly when they bring that safety down to make it really tough to run outside zone, well that's going to open up some throws later down the field. And then when they put someone out there on the throws, well, there's a bigger cutback lane, so he calls a different run for that. So our offense is really built around being balanced and having an answer for what the defense wants to do to stop us," Mack continued.

Mack, Shanahan and the Falcons are set to put their No. 1 scoring offense to the test against the Patriots' No. 1 scoring defense in Super Bowl 51 in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.

 

LeBron goes off after latest loss: Cavs 'not better than last year'

LeBron goes off after latest loss: Cavs 'not better than last year'

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James has alluded to flaws with Cleveland's roster all season.

He got much more detailed about the cracks and crevices in the NBA champions after their fifth loss in seven games.

James urged the team's front office to do more after a 124-122 loss Monday night to the New Orleans Pelicans, who were missing star forward Anthony Davis.

"We're not better than last year, from a personnel standpoint," he said. "We're a top-heavy team. ... I just hope we're not satisfied as an organization."

On Tuesday, James went on Twitter to explain that his comments weren't directed at Cavs general manager David Griffin or Cleveland's coaching staff.

"I not mad or upset at management cause Griff and staff have done a great job, I just feel we still need to improve in order to repeat..." James tweeted. "If that's what we wanna do."

After speaking to a larger group of reporters on Monday night, James saved his most biting comments for Cleveland's traveling beat writers.

The Cavs haven't played well for weeks, and James felt the need to unload.

"It's been a (lousy) 2017 so far," he said.

His biggest issue is with the current makeup of the Cavs, who have been hurt most by allowing backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova to leave as a free agent and injuries to forward Chris Andersen and guard J.R. Smith. James watched the Golden State Warriors retool after losing in last year's NBA Finals and feels the Cavs haven't done enough to address their biggest needs.

James said he's expressed his opinions directly to Griffin, who recently obtained Kyle Korver in a trade with Atlanta.

"We need a (expletive) playmaker. I'm not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn't say that," James said.

Griffin has an open roster spot and two small trade exceptions. The trading deadline is Feb. 23 and free agents can be signed until March 1 to be eligible for the playoffs.

Now in his 14th season, James knows his time to win more titles is dwindling.

"I don't know what we got to offer," James said of possible deals. "I just know me, personally. I don't got no time to waste. I'll be 33 in the winter, and I ain't got time to waste."

It remains to be seen whether James' public rant will spark the team. But James also knows that the Cavs will do anything within reason to accommodate him. What King James wants, he usually gets.

Despite their recent slide, the Cavs still have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland hosts Sacramento on Wednesday as well as Brooklyn and Oklahoma City later this week.