Frettin’ Over Breton (or Atticus vs. SacBee Sports Columnist)

Months ago I partnered with the Sacramento Bee by contributing to their SacConnect blogger roll.  For this pup, it’s an honor to be part of the premiere newspaper for California’s capital city, but I don’t always agree with all of their articles.  I read the Bee every morning, but today I found my fur getting a little ruffled by the Bee’s sports columnist, Marcos Breton.

Being a columnist myself, I love the daily columns, whether in sports, news or politics.  My favorite columnists of all time are Herb Caen, Dave Barry  and Molly Ivins (RIP Herb & Molly), and I often refer to myself as the “Herb Canine of bloggers”.  (I suppose you’d have to be a San Francisco native to laugh at that one…)

Columnists are so cool because they can basically write whatever is on their mind (like me!) and get much more leeway to express their ideas than traditional journalists.  So, knowing my love for these daily writers and for sports, I read Breton religiously.  I don’t always agree with his sentiments, but have never been personally offended by him….until this morning.

If you have been following along the past couple of weeks you know that I have blogged about our epic Giant’s with great enthusiasm in posts like “Celebration Elation”, “Freak Yeah!“Fear Nothing (except the beard)” and my take on the NLCS game 3.  Obviously, I am an energetic supporter of the Giant’s as a team, not just this phenomenal 2010 squad.  I have likened their persistence towards winning the World Series Championship to great dog-like qualities and life lessons like  hope, gratitude, tenacity and unity.

Breton, will you accept my challenge??

Clearly, Mr. Breton has not been following my posts.  You see, beloved readers, the title of Mr. Breton’s column today was “Giants Atone for Past Failures”.  What the what??  On the day following the greatest celebration San Francisco (and all of Northern California) has experienced, one of the most positive and energetic demonstrations of love and devotion for a team, Breton uses a negative in his title about the Giant’s?

This pup was rabid at the notion that anyone, let alone the Bee’s own sports guy, could find any kind of negative spin to this story.  Mama has been a lifelong Giant’s fan and I have inherited her longstanding devotion to all things orange and black.  Growing up a few miles from S.F. she watched the Giant’s in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & ’90’s while bundled beneath a blanket at Candlestick Park, earning her well-deserved Croix de Candlestick pins.

She witnessed the great moments, and the not-so-great moments.  (The introduction of Crazy Crab as mascot may have been a dark time for the franchise.)  But every year, every team fielded, contributed to this momentous occasion.

As beings on this earth, both human and canine, I’d hope that all of our experiences, including our failures, are what bring us into glory.  C’mon Marcos… “Atonement”… really?  There have been no faults to atone.  It sometimes takes slow growth and hard lessons to mature into champions, and this Giant’s organization should be an example of how we should try to live our lives with persistence, hard work, dedication, graciousness, teamwork, resiliency, purpose, cooperation and motivation.

Mr. Breton, I challenge you to atone for your sins against our beloved Giant’s by penning a column solidly devoted to the positive lessons of this special Giant’s squad.  Will you accept this challenge?


Fuss-Free Foodie Friday: Twisted Yam Salad

In honor of this special time of year, I thought it appropriate to lead you towards an orange and black colored recipe today. Let me clarify that by “special time of year” I am not referring to Halloween, but the power of orange and black in the World Series. This recipe will make any Giant’s fan proud!

Inspiring my Giant's with an orange & black recipe!

This dish was mama’s holiday go-to salad last year and it gained rave reviews from every potluck. Mama adapted this salad from a recipe in the New York Times (September 2009). I can promise you, this version of yams is unlike anything you have ever tasted.  It is sweet, yet spicy and leaves a fresh citrus-herb flavor in your mouth. If your guests can take the heat, go ahead and double the amount of jalapeno.

Timmy likes his yams twisted

Viva la orange and black! Enjoy this side dish tomorrow evening as you and your friends watch our Giant’s devour the Ranger’s! Bon appetite and play ball!


4 large yams (we prefer the ruby reds) or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into dice-sized bites

1 large sweet onion (Maui or Wallawalla are wonderful), peeled and chopped

1/3 cup olive oil

1 jalapeno (or other hot chili pepper)

3 limes

2 cloves garlic

2 cups cooked black beans (canned is fine if you are in a rush)

1 red (or yellow) bell pepper, diced

1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Toss onions and yams with 1/2 olive oil, salt and pepper and place, single layer, on baking sheet.  Roast until tender & getting a little carmelized (about 30-40 minutes).  Stir a few times during roasting.

In food processor or blender, blend jalapeno, garlic, remainder of olive oil and juice of the limes.

In a large bowl, combine the yam & onions with the beans, bell pepper and cilantro.  Drizzle the lime/jalapeno mixture and toss.  Add salt and pepper, to taste.

A terrific side-note to this side-dish:  This salad is delicious warm, room temperature or cold. Perfect, don’t you agree?

may the force be with the Giant's!

Do you have any special orange and black themed party food that you will prepare for the games or Halloween this weekend?