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The Sal and Steiny Show podcast

A Sports Talks Show hosted by Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz.

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No. 121: Season's Greetings for all, 49ers high expectations, Farhan paid to be a henchman, and more.

Well, Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz are on a roll these days, with their second straight podcast in the past three weeks. Fair to say the boys are back. In this return podcast, Sal and Steiny discuss the state of Bay Area sports, and perhaps more important, the state of the Bay Area sports fans.   Where did all the Warriors fans go? The Giants fans have been gone for a little while. On the other hand, the 49ers have it going and once again are the talk of the Bay. Is this a case of fans being fair-weather or fans exercising their right to see a legit product?   Also, Sal is having a problem simplifying his life. He's looking to throw out his old stuff and pare everything down. But he's having trouble and he needs your help. Take a listen and see what you can do.

34mins

26 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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No.119: KD is gone? Giants bringing the fences in? Will some never forgive Tiger Woods? and more

Sal and Steiny are back and they explain their absence. Castaneda and Steinmetz talk about the Giants' latest idea of moving in the fences at Oracle Park. It's also mid-April, which means it's playoff time for the Warriors.  The boys also talk about Tiger Woods' epic Masters victory. And surprise, there's a special cameo by Monika, a new voice.

27mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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No. 122: 49ers winning and what it means for the legacy of the team, and the stadium.

How did the San Francisco 49ers go from 4-12 last season to 13-3 this season with an appearance in the NFC Championship game? Will the 49ers winning finally bring the Candlestick atmosphere to Santa Clara? The fellas also talk about how these deep playoff appearances and the several recent sports teams championships affect their everyday work lives.

33mins

15 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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No.120: 49ers will always rule Bay Area sports, is Las Vegas a better convention town than San Francisco? And more.

Sal and Steiny are back and they are having fun making fun of themselves for not podcasting for a long time. The 49ers are good again and the boys discuss why when the Niners are good they command more attention than when other teams, like the Warriors or Giants are good. Las Vegas got the Raiders, now they are taking convention business away from San Francisco. A major convention moved out because hotel rooms are too expensive and the streets are dirty. Sal and Steiny have an idea about spontaneous guests appearing on the show.

26mins

13 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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No.117: Winter break, Warriors ready for Cousins return, Oracle Park

Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz are putting the band back together. Or something like that. After a few months off, Sal and Steiny are back at it, talking about Bay Area sports and other stuff. The Warriors are set to get center DeMarcus Cousins back in a week or so, and it's going to dramatically change up the Warriors. How will the Warriors adjust to the big fella coming back after he makes his Golden State debut? Sal and Steiny also discuss the new Oracle Park and whether or not anyone cares what a venue is called. And finally, the boys talk about two-sport star Kyler Murray, who will be making an interesting decision shortly: football or baseball.

25mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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No.118: Worst Super Bowl ever? Brady isn’t the GOAT with many Bay Area sports fans, commercials, Cousins, corn syrup and more.

So, what did you think? Was the Super Bowl OK or was it one of the worst of all time? The answer is easy for Sal and Steiny, and they’ll tell you about it in Podcast 118. The boys also talk commercials. There were a few that stood out, no doubt. But the bottom line is the Patriots won again, and the game was polarizing. There’s so much other stuff going on in the world of sports and non-sports, too. How’s DeMarcus Cousins doing with the Warriors? Is Mike Trout more recognizable than Derek Carr? How bad is corn syrup for you?

25mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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No. 116: Football popularity in the Bay and talking Greg Papa

Slug-life has been great for Sal and Steiny, but it’s time to jump back into doing podcasts. Great place to start would be the NFL, and more specifically the 49ers and Raiders. Yes, football’s popularity seems to be waning but here’s to predicting a record-setting year for TV ratings. Garappolo/Gruden and the teams are quite intriguing this season. Interest is going to be high. Castaneda and Steinmetz also talk about the firing of Greg Papa, the Oakland Raiders’ radio play-by-play man. Papa is an institution in the Bay Area and his dismissal was greeted with near unanimous disappointment. Anyway, the boys are back and they talk about some more stuff too, not all of it having to do with sports.

32mins

26 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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No. 115: Serious problem for 49ers, Warriors playoffs, Kaepernick workout.

It's time for the Warriors to start the playoffs, so no doubt Sal and Steiny will get into it. But first they address the situation with Reuben Foster, who was charged with felony domestic violence this week. The 49ers have had their share of off-the-field issues in their recent past and you have to wonder when CEO Jed York will emerge. Are the Spurs the prefect first-round opponent for Golden State? And what's up with all the scooters these days? All were up for discussion on the latest Sal and Steiny.

29mins

13 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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No. 114: Stephen Curry’s injury; the upcoming Giants’ season; where is Warm Springs?

Sal and Steiny are back at it, talking sports and Bay Area trends. The big story with the Golden State Warriors is the injury to Stephen Curry. How long will he be out? That is the big question. It’s also baseball season, which means the Giants and A’s are beginning. The problem for the Giants is this: they’re already injured. The Giants will be without Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardjiza when the season opens Thursday. How in the world are the Giants going to be any good this year? And Castaneda and Steinmetz also answer the question: How the hell does anyone afford to live in the Bay Area.

32mins

28 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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No. 113: KTVU sports director Mark Ibanez tells some great stories of his nearly 40 years covering Bay Area sports.

Sports director Mark Ibanez has been at KTVU for 38 years. He’s virtually seen it all in Bay Area sports, and he spent a good chunk of time with Sal and Steiny talking about his career and some great moments in sports history. Ibanez was there for all of the 49ers’ Super Bowl runs, he watched up close the A’s dynasty of the early 70s, covered the Giants’ three World Series titles, and, now is on top of what the Golden State Warriors are doing. Ibanez sprinkles into this podcast some legitimate sports history with some terrific personal anecdotes from back in the day and in the recent past. If you want to go down Bay Area sports memory lane, this is the podcast for you!

47mins

4 Feb 2018

Rank #10

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No. 112: John Gruden returns to Raiders; Draymond Green’s complaining; San Francisco a dump

It’s a new year and Sal and Steiny are back. Not quite rebranded but back, you know? All right, so Steiny just went over to Sal’s house and they decided to do one. The 49ers finished the year on an incredible high note — after acquiring Jimmy Garappolo in a trade with New England. The Raiders had a disappointing season and yet have managed to capture the imagination of the Bay Area — by bringing back Jon Gruden. And don’t forget, the Warriors still roll. So, thanks for staying loyal ... and Sal and Steiny gonna try to keep it all rolling. One more thing ... Is San Francisco a dump? It just might be.

35mins

10 Jan 2018

Rank #11

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No. 111: 49ers get first win of the season; 49ers move needle but Raiders don’t; greatness of the Warriors

The boys are back and this week they’re talking about what else? The 49ers getting their first win of the season — against the New York Giants on Sunday. While there are some 49ers fans lamenting the victory — because it will move the team lower for draft position — the reality is the franchise needed this win. And they’re also in a spot where they don’t need a quarterback now. If there’s one thing Sunday’s win proved it’s that the 49ers still move the needle in the Bay Area — more than the Raiders, who are a better team with greater expectations. Despite the fact that San Francisco is 1-9 there is still lots of intrigue around the team, most notably with newly acquired QB Jimmy Garappolo. And the Warriors ... the Warriors. What’s there to say. They’re damn good and that doesn’t seem like it will change for a while. Castaneda and Steinmetz wonder if the Warriors have become too passe’.

25mins

14 Nov 2017

Rank #12

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No. 110: Sal And Steiny aren't 9 to 5 guys, questions arise about Marshawn, Bump out shots

After a short break the fellas are back talking about how they can't see themselves as 9 to 5 guys, how the 49ers didn't tank quite enough last time, and why some suggest Raiders coaching staff is afraid of Marshawn Lynch.

31mins

25 Oct 2017

Rank #13

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No. 102: Golden State Warriors win 2nd NBA title in 3 seasons. Their wonderful parade day in Oakland.

Sal and Steiny talk all about game 5--the clincher--and another historic day of celebration in the East Bay. Did you watch the parade on TV? Chances are you watched in on KTVU (according to the ratings). How long can the Warriors keep this rolling? What players will return? What about Igoudala?

31mins

20 Jun 2017

Rank #14

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No. 101: Warriors take 2-0 lead over Cavs in Finals; Golden State the perfect team for right now

The Warriors have taken a 2-0 lead over the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. How in the world are the Cavs going to win a game, let alone four? It doesn't look good. Wednesday is Game 3, and it's a game the Cavaliers need to get because no team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs.  The fact of the matter is the Warriors are the perfect team for this time. With an emphasis on offensive freedom, the 3-point shot and non-physicality, the Warriors have almost gamed the system. It's not just unlikely that the Cavaliers will beat the Warriors this year, but it's looking unlikely that anyone will be beating Golden State anytime soon.

30mins

5 Jun 2017

Rank #15

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No. 97: Warriors sweep Blazers in first round; Bumgarner will ride dirt bike and you'll like it; BART talk

Light work. That's what the Warriors did against the Portland Trail Blazers, sweeping their first-round series with a win Monday night. It was very much expected, and now it's onto the Western Conference semifinals for them. But there's something more important going on with coach Steve Kerr, who didn't coach in Games 3 and 4 of the series because of lingering issues from two back surgeries in 2015. Kerr is in so much pain that he's decided he can't coach the Warriors during games right now -- and won't come back until feels better. Put it this way: It looks like it's possible the Warriors won't have Kerr on the sidelines from this point on. The San Francisco Giants are off to a terrible start, and it just got worse because Madison Bumgarner injured himself riding a dirt bike. The act was selfish, irresponsible, a bad decision, short-sighted, immature and just plain stupid -- or so most people say. Hey, this guy is one of the best pitchers in baseball, so he'll ride a dirt bike any time he wants -- and there plenty of teams that would be more than happy to let him do it. Lastly, bad time for BART, with this takeover robbery at the West Oakland station. Haven't seen anything like that before and hopefully we won't again. Also, Steinmetz has a BART/Clipper card dilemma if anyone can help.

29mins

25 Apr 2017

Rank #16

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Podcast No. 94: Oakland Raiders leaving for Las Vegas; what to do if you're a Raiders fan; NFL holds cities hostage

On Sal and Steiny Podcast No. 94, the theme is the Oakland Raiders and dealing with the fact that they're going to Las Vegas. Sal lives in Alameda and Steinmetz lives in Oakland so the move is both professional and personal to them. So many angles to discuss here, including whether Mark Davis ever really wanted to be in Oakland, what Raiders fans should do now with their team headed out of town in two or three years, how will this affect the team on the field, what it means to the 49ers, etc. And Warriors forward Draymond Green brought up a legitimate concern when he said that he wouldn't be attending anymore Raiders games and, if he were a Raiders fan, he'd be done with them. So, how many will boycott the Raiders and how many will try to savor the next two or three years -- before the move?

30mins

29 Mar 2017

Rank #17

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No. 81: Warriors improve to 16-2 and clear another hurdle on way to San Francisco; Raiders a legitimate Super Bowl contender

Admit it, you missed us. Sal and Steiny have been busy these past few weeks but we're back -- and better than ever. In Episode No. 81, the boys talk about the Golden State Warriors, a team that hardly ever loses. As of podcast time, the Warriors had won 12 in a row and already had the best record in the league at 16-2. In other words, they're rolling. Hard to imagine but Kevin Durant may be better than advertised and Draymond Green has become an absolute menace. Is there anyone out there who can beat the Warriors? Another conversation point was the new San Francisco Arena, which cleared another hurdle recently. The Warriors believe very strongly they'll have a new arena in San Francisco by 2019, and Castaneda asks the simple question: Is that a good thing? Oh, and don't sleep on the Oakland Raiders, who are 9-2 and lead the AFC West. In case you're keeping track, the best team in the NFL and the best team in the NBA may very well reside in Oaktown.

29mins

1 Dec 2016

Rank #18

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NO. 77: San Francisco Chronicle Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur

Vic Tafur covers the Raiders for the San Francisco Chronicle. Vic tells us what it's like to cover the team on a daily basis and gives us an outlook on this year's team

33mins

24 Sep 2016

Rank #19

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No. 73: Joe Shasky, also known as Butcher Boy, joins Sal and Steiny

When it comes to Bay Area sports knowledge, few, if any, have the edge on Joe Shasky. If you don't know who Joe Shasky is, then you're not a hard-core sports fan, which is fine, of course. But if you ever want insight on professional sports in the Bay Area, along with a unique historical perspective, Shasky is your man. Shasky is the co-host of "The Butcher and Baruh" podcast, which discusses all things Bay Area sports and it is getting more and more popular by the episode. A native San Franciscan, Shasky has been following the Bay Area's professional sports teams for decades, and he joined Castaneda and Steinmetz to share some of his expertise on the local teams. Shasky is passionate, informed, funny likable and, best of all, insightful. If you love Bay Area sports and you follow any of the Bay Area teams, take a listen to Shasky. You'll be smarter for it.

1hr 10mins

18 Aug 2016

Rank #20