Complete, joyous bedlam on Valencia after Team Oracle won the America’s Cup this afternoon:
I wonder how jubilant were the streets in Pacific Heights?
I saw one car hootin’ and hollerin’ and ringing a cowbell, and a few people hollerin’ back on Upper Fillmore (near Pac Heights). Clearly they were trying to incite a victory riot.
The area around Pier 23 was rocking. I don’t understand the hate (politics aside)… it was a great event and finish.
Funny and oddly poignant given the times.
It’s kinda funny that nobody gives a shit about America’s cup cause it’s the ‘billionaire’s game’ even though basically every sport is a billionaire’s game.
From Forbes.com regarding the Team Oracle Victory:
“The victory should be a rich payday for the sailors and shore team. They are believed to have been promised a bonus equivalent to 6 months’ pay for a win, on top of salaries that start at $20,000 a month and rise from there.”
1 more fact, SF Giants 2013 Payroll = $136,908,777
So…since baseball has even more ridiculous paychecks, should baseball be hated more?
Bingo. Don’t forget to add the cost of a stadium.
Yes, growing up, me and the other local kids liked to play a quick pick-up yacht regatta. You know, like folks.
Which team did you like to play on?
Personally, I preffered playing for “privately funded by the billionaire” team as opposed to “funded by a country’s pride” team, because, you know, socialism.
No one ever wanted to play as Italy. Because, you know, facism.
Yeah, I’m not sure how these morons can’t figure out the difference between a sport the an “average person” can play (or played as a kid) and one only the privilege enjoyed as kids. Not that hard to figure out. Plus, umm, if you haven’t noticed MOST (aside from the occasional baseball day game, usually associated with travel the next day) occur off “standard” working hours. For people who actually have to work.
If you want to lend me your yacht next year to watch from the Bay and comp me my work hours, maybe I’ll get into it.
Troll is a troll.
i don’t want to jinx anything, but actually troll has been quite the quality commenter on here lately. troll, don’t think i haven’t noticed how non-troll like you’ve been lately! and i salute you for it!
Eh, is it me, or is it these MarinaMarina subtrolls infesting your site these days?
Not that you care, but you can actually learn to sail *for free* and take boats out *for free* on the Bay through Cal Sailing. Yes, most big yachts are richy rich toys. However, if you just want to sail on the Bay, shit is free.
You can also go learn to sail dinghy’s at Treasure Island which are more fun than larger boats anyways.
It’s not who owns it, it’s not who plays it, it’s about who it’s for. See Brillo’s point above.
Baseball can be played on a sandlot, basketball on a driveway, soccer just about anywhere.
America’s Cup is a yacht race.
The vast majority professional baseball, basketball and soccer players were never afforded the opportunity to learn yacht sailing as children. I believe that is why it rightly called a billionaires game.
You guys are pathetic. Because you didn’t grow up playing it or couldn’t afford it doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the sport.
I’m pretty sure you can buy a used little dinghy for less than $500… what does a baseball glove cost? How about a full football uniform? Or how about hockey gear?
Shut your ignorant pie holes.
Also, I’m broke and I still enjoyed it. Shocker.
America’s Cup was fun to watch both in person and on TV.
Don’t hate it because you think it makes you cool to hate rich people. Maybe if it was on reclaimed wooden boats manned by mustached UX designers, you’d blog about it.
No one’s trashing it for that. They’re telling you why most people don’t give a fuck.
Oh yeah? Can I play pick-up basketball for next to nothing? How about football? Why don’t you shut your entitled, ignorant mouth. Even if hockey were big here $500 is far less than multiple thousand dollars. Talk about an ignoramus.
I don’t even hate the event, but I do hate people like you.
Though done so in the 80′s, Johnny 5 was programmed with far superior logic than JohnnyL. Don’t insult J5!
DO NOT DISASSEMBLE JOHNNY5
The fire marshal had to close Pier 27 before the race yesterday because of the number of people in attendance and over 1M people attended races in the last week, so save the hipster snobbery for something else.
According to Ariel, the problem is “who it’s for”. God forbid people have different interests.
“over 1M people attended races in the last week”
that’s just not true. that’s what the city was PROMISED, but way less showed up due to boats dropping out and the general apathy about the event this year.
So what???? Did you go check it out? You have no idea how fun it was. Very well done. No cluster. Just fun, beer drinking kind of fun.
I really don’t understand the hate here. It was fun!
I hope they bring back!
It was so totes Yolo! Also. Swag.
I feel like someone is stealing my thunder here. Oh well. YOLO AF x2!
I grew up lower middle class and races sailboats.
We raced boats that were over 30 years old wearing our parents old rain gear and rubber boots. It was a club team that cost us $100 a year. Because of my years racing growing up I was offered a scholarship to race on a ranked college team with other teammates going on to sail at the naval academy and be all American. None of us were rich by any means growing up.
Every sport involves obscene amounts of money when you get to that level. Let’s talk about how a single man can make over $100 million a year in the NBA or how much it costs a city to host the Olympics. Don’t bitch about a sport if you know nothing about it or what it takes to get into it.
Most NBA players deserve to be paid well. Not sure if you see the take home for teams/platers or not, or realize that there are only 15 players per team…..
Fuck the Olympic/World Cup bidding system. I won’t argue that.
You guys! Can we stop calling it a “yacht race” when they’re CLEARLY Catamarans?!!!!!
do you think they saw any whales?
I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who doesn’t give a fuck about America’s Cup.
guess it has to be a gay event or some kind of immigration rally to fill those street….
Could be, since, unlike America’s Cup, human rights are something that actually matter.
…or a Giants world series victory? Yeah, nice try though.
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