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Skillz And 95.7 The Game

"I'd like to live like a poor man—only with lots of money." -- Pablo Picasso

As an avid listener of local (San Francisco Bay Area) sports talk station 95.7 The Game, I've been compelled to share my (unsought) opinions a time or two through the years. Sometimes I make sense, and sometimes I'm an idiot. But consistently, I'm original.

Below are clips of all 27 of my appearances on The Game. Disclaimer: for the first three or four calls especially, I was EXTREMELY nervous to go on the air and you can hear it in my shaky voice...apologies.

Even further below are the funniest (IMHO) quips, retorts, stories and malaprops that help keep me coming back to The Game 11+ years and counting.

1/25/2023Skillz On Damon & Ratto
00:00 / 02:04

Skillz tells Damon Bruce & Ray Ratto that talking heads need to give the 49ers more of a chance against the Eagles, and that the 49ers can't waste turnover/safety opportunities.

1/23/2023Skillz On The Game At Night
00:00 / 01:33

Skillz tells Dan Devone & Allen Stiles that the 49ers defense sometimes seems like it "sets up" other teams in the first half of games, then drops the hammer later on.

1/2/2023Skillz On Steiny & Guru
00:00 / 01:45

Skillz tells Dan Devone & Evan Giddings that the 49ers have won many different ways and have as good a shot at winning Super Bowl 57 as anybody.

12/27/2022Skillz On Warriors Wrap-Up
00:00 / 01:19

Skillz tells John Dickinson how pleased he is with the 1Q efforts of Klay Thompson, the hustle of Moses Moody and the 4Q play of Jonathan Kuminga after GS beats CHA 110-105.

12/27/2022Skillz On Damon & Ratto
00:00 / 01:37

Skillz tells John Dickinson and Larry Krueger that Kyle Shanahan really needs to quit running his QB's and RB's up the middle so often.

12/25/2022Skillz On Warriors Wrap-Up
00:00 / 01:30

Skillz tells John Dickinson how important it was to beat the Grizzlies, even if the Warriors lost every other game on the homestand. 

11/5/2022Skillz On Warriors This Week
00:00 / 01:31

Skillz tells Whitey Gleason & John Dickinson that no recent championship winner/contender has successfully won while trying to integrate as many youngsters as the Warriors are.

10/30/2022Skillz On Warriors Wrap-Up
00:00 / 01:49

Skillz tells Whitey Gleason that he isn't overreacting about the Warriors' early-season struggles, and also gives his opinions on why they're struggling and how to fix it.

10/29/2022Skillz On Warriors This Week
00:00 / 01:35

Skillz tells Whitey Gleason & John Dickinson that no one else seems to remember the Miami Heat fighting with themselves in March 2022, and gives Steph Curry some props.

10/25/2022Skillz On Warriors Wrap-Up
00:00 / 01:40

Skillz tells John Dickinson that someone of Devin Booker's caliber has no business stepping up to a four-time champ like Klay Thompson.

10/21/2022Skillz On Damon & Ratto
00:00 / 01:57

Skillz tells Damon Bruce & Ray Ratto that he needs some of Mark Ibanez's positivity, even after the acquisition of Christian McCaffrey.

9/19/2022Skillz On Willard & Dibs
00:00 / 01:27

Skillz tells Mark Willard & Dan Dibley a Hangin With Mr. Cooper anecdote relative to the 2022 49ers, and is the first to congratulate Dibs on his child's birth.

9/10/2022Skillz On w/JD & Whitey
00:00 / 01:27

Skillz is mistaken for "Phil" by Whitey Gleason & John Dickinson, never corrects anyone, and goes on to lament the lack of managerial power in today's MLB. 

8/29/2022Skillz On Willard & Dibs
00:00 / 01:58

Skillz is barely allowed to speak by Mark Willard & Larry Kreuger, and doesn't get to make his full points about the mediocre Giants.

8/11/2022Skillz On Damon & Ratto
00:00 / 00:52

Skillz is the first to tell Damon Bruce (& Ray Ratto) congratulations on reaching 4,000 shows.

8/6/2022Skillz On w/JD & Kyle
00:00 / 01:31

Skillz tells John Dickinson & Kyle Madson that he's excited about the 2022 49ers and comments on Trey Lance's expectations.

8/5/2022Skillz On Willard & Dibs
00:00 / 01:39

Skillz tells Whitey Gleason & Dan Dibley that the Giants put out their "fire" with a bottle of Dasani at the Deadline, and compares the 2022 Giants to the 1994 Giants.

8/2/2022Skillz On Damon & Ratto
00:00 / 01:16

Skillz (with a Z) tells Damon Bruce & Ray Ratto that the Giants will not make the playoffs and that the Rays did more at the Deadline. He also gives Ray some love.

7/18/2022Skillz On Damon & Ratto
00:00 / 01:53

Skillz tells Damon Bruce & Larry Krueger about an upcoming SoCal trip, and asks if he should rock Giants gear at Dodger Stadium. He also gives Larry some love.

7/5/2022Skillz On Willard & Dibs
00:00 / 02:10

Skillz tells Mark Willard & Dan Dibley that he's a fan of both, and that the Giants' awful defense is going to keep them out of the postseason.

6/11/2022Skillz On Warriors This Week
00:00 / 02:01

Skillz tells Whitey Gleason & John Dickinson that, hopefully, Draymond Green's poor play is due to injury, and warns the Celtics to quit rolling on Steph Curry's ankles OR ELSE.

5/28/2022Skillz On Warriors This Week
00:00 / 01:50

Skillz tells Whitey Gleason (& John Dickinson) that he's more than a "backup DJ", and that Draymond Green's Heat comments shouldn't be generating so much, uh, "heat".

4/30/2022Skillz On Warriors This Week
00:00 / 00:38
4/9/2022Skillz On Warriors This Week
00:00 / 01:06
3/5/2022Skillz On Warriors This Week
00:00 / 01:10
5/20/2021Skillz On The Final Word
00:00 / 01:15
5/17/2021Skillz On The Final Word
00:00 / 00:58

Skillz tells Whitey Gleason & John Dickinson how excited he is about the upcoming playoff series between the Warriors and their new rivals, the Grizzlies.

Skillz tells Whitey Gleason & John Dickinson to not mess with Nikola Jokic, and that Steve Kerr should remain the Warriors coach for the foreseeable future.

Skillz tells Whitey Gleason & John Dickinson that the Warriors will be okay, but that if he were coach, there'd be limitiations imposed on shooting 3's. Also, a trade proposition.

Skillz tells Ryan Covay & John Dickinson four things from the play-in game that he can't believe aren't being discussed. Skillz also eats humble pie for underestimating LeBron James.

Skillz tells Ryan Covay & John Dickinson that the Final Word opening is the best, and that the Warriors shouldn't be all that concerned about LeBron James in the play-in game. (For real)

5/10/2021Skillz On Warriors Wrap-Up
00:00 / 00:48

Skillz tells Ryan Covay & John Dickinson that Kevon Looney's late-game defense against Utah deserves praise—then his line cuts out. A LANDline, no less...

4/20/2021Skillz On The Final Word
00:00 / 01:03

Skillz tells Ryan Covay & John Dickinson that Gabe Kapler deserves time before judging his performance, and that the Giants will contend to season's end.





Bonta: " I asked (Warriors C Damian Jones) how's your pec doing?"

Papa: "(laughing) Hey, how's your pecker doing?" - 4/30/2019, Hour 3


(A caller's turn signal is heard throughout his entire call)

Damon: "Thank you. Next time turn left or turn right before calling...loud turn signal."

Ratto: "Maybe it was a bomb." - 1/16/2023, Hour Unknown

(A texter calls out Damon for "talking out of his mouth" about Jimmy Garoppolo)

Damon: "...(Brock Purdy) needs a wheelbarrow, his nuts are so big."

Ratto: "First of all, ew. always talk out of your mouth. That's the orifice you're supposed to use." - 1/16/2023, Hour 2

(Ray Ratto can't believe Whitey Gleason's wife watched the Warriors' improbable loss to the lowly Pistons)

Ratto: "When you get home tonight, will you tell her how ashamed I am of her?"

Whitey: "No, I don't think I will."

Ratto: "Can I have her cell number?" - 1/5/2023, Hour 1

(The guys discuss the Damar Hamlin situation)

Damon: "How quickly could you return to work if you thought you saw a co-worker die?"

Ratto: "Depends on the worker." - 1/3/2023, Hour 1

Damon: "Let's go to Steve in San Francisco."

(a couple of thuds, followed by silence)

Damon: "...thanks for the memories."

Ratto: "I thought he made a salient point." - 4/4/2022, Hour 3




(Joe asks Dibs if Michael Jordan would do a celebrity game live and mic'd up)

Dibs: "No...he would want final cut. There would be a seven-week delay, not a seven-second delay." - 5/26/2020, Hour 1

(Joe tells how he once lost a three-day EDC Las Vegas pass to a thief, who at least returned his ID)

Dibs: "Maybe she met somebody and fell in love and you've changed the course of human events by losing your pass."

Joe: "...most likely the person just did a ton of drugs." - 7/14/2020, Hour 2



(Dibs tells of "imparting some wisdom" to then-Rams QB Jared Goff)
Willard: "What was his response?"
Dibs: "(as Goff) When is this gonna be over?...Can I get through another 30 seconds without calling security?"
- 4/15/2022, Hour 1

(The guys discuss metered parking)
Willard: "(In San Francisco) You put a quarter in, that'll get you to the front door (of wherever you're going) before you have to turn around and re-feed it."
Dibs: "(In Oakland) You put a quarter in, the thing looks at you and laughs at you."
- 4/15/2022, Hour 2

(Willard shares Dibs' high school yearbook quotes in the voice of Phillies broadcast legend Harry Kalas)

Willard: "There's no mountain that's too high...We'll keep climbing til we reach the sky...Coming up, Von Hayes to the plate, and the count is 0-1." - 4/15/2022, Hour 2


Rick Tittle: "Do you remember LeVert, the band?"

Ryan Covay: "I remember LeVerne and Shirley." - 5/1/2019. Hour 3

(more material will be added as it's heard/recalled)

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