Bay Area Buzz 11/1: Giants Parade, Klay Thompson, Ray McDonald


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Giants Parade

"There’s no such thing as a rainout for baseball victory parades.Hundreds of thousands of Giants fans braved inclement weather Friday as they donned their orange-and-black gear, gathered along downtown streets and cheered themselves hoarse in a euphoric celebration of the team’s third World Series championship in five years.The confetti did get soggy as Mother Nature pulled a nasty Halloween trick by scheduling off-and-on rain. Maybe she missed the memo about California’s epic drought.But the dreary weather didn’t dampen the goose bump-raising excitement as umbrella-toting fans turned the parade route into a delirious, mile-and-a-half party — hailing a remarkable trilogy of success that has turned the never-quit Giants into an unlikely dynasty.“This is the best moment of our lives and of our baseball careers,” World Series hero Madison Bumgarner told the assembled masses. “You couldn’t ask for anything more than this. It’s unbelievable.”"

Natalie Neysa Alund, Malaika Fraley, Theresa Harrington, Thomas Peele and Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News

Klay Thompson

"The speculation is over, the rumors settled: Klay Thompson will remain with the Golden State Warriors for at least next four years after signing an extension worth around $70 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.The deal averages out to upwards of $17 million per season for the Warriors’ guard. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Kings made a “late push” to trade for Thompson and apparently everyone besides DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay was on the table."

Eric He, Blue Man Hoop

Ray McDonald

"According to reports, Ray McDonald will NOT be charged with domestic violence, thus showing just how important it is for due process to take its course — and proving the wisdom of the San Francisco 49ers‘ front office. It is expected that the San Jose District Attorney’s office will announce the decision shortly.In the midst of an NFL crackdown on any perceived domestic violence or child abuse of any kind, the 49ers, alone, stood their ground in letting a player under investigation continue to practice and play with the team. Jim Harbaugh has said he would never coach a man who hit his girlfriend/wife, and he was often criticized for his statement that he would let “due process” take its course. This line, repeated often by Trent Baalke and CEO/President Jed York alike, drew the ire of much of the NFL’s media, the NFL main office, and women’s rights groups alike.Not many of the details of the investigation have been made public, and conjectures based off of hearsay deserve no credit, but admittedly, “Not being charged” is different than being “Proven innocent.” Our society, however, is based upon the presumption of innocence until guilt can be proven — NOT the other way around. Even though the 49ers are not the government, and thus are not beholden to the “innocent until proven guilty” standard of proof, it does not seem proper to punish someone before they have even been charged with a crime."

Douglas Totten, Niner Noise