Connor Buestad

Connor playing in the SFNABA at San Leandro Ballpark. A league created by "The Godfather," Ken Hale. 

Connor was born and raised in the East Bay and took kindly to the Bay Area sports and culture scene at a young age. A 2003 graduate of Miramonte H.S., Connor went on to play baseball at the College of Marin, CAL Berkeley, and as a grad student at San Francisco State. After spending time in the East, North and West Bay, Connor tweeted at Josh (a.k.a "The Rogue") with the idea of "Section925" in April 2012. Josh responded immediately, and the wheels were put in motion. Appropriately, the first published Section article was written about St. Mary's basketball legend Matthew Dellavedova.

One of Connor's goals for this blog is to get as many people involved as possible. So no matter what music you listen to, what sports you're into, or what your cultural views happen to be, do not hesitate to send him an e-mail (connor@section925.com) and have your voice heard. If you don't see what you like on the pages of Section925.com, hopefully we can find some space for your thoughts and opinions as well. Currently, Connor teaches and coaches at Castlemont High School in Oakland.  

Follow Connor on twitter: @connorbuestad


 
 

Tripper Ortman

Tripper (right) sits down to interview Jared Goff and Griffin Piatt in 2015

Tripper was drawn to sports by a wild, dynamic, mustachioed group of baseball players in Oakland who brought a colorful and soulful baseball experience, often through the voice of Monte Moore, to what was then “the 415.”  As the 415 became “the 510,” and as Charlie Finley – the original A’s dismantler – let Catfish, Vida, and Rollie go, Tripper was mowing lawns and pulling weeds to earn enough money to pay for a BART ride and $1.25 bleacher ticket to attend Summer “businessman’s specials” at the Coli.  Growing up in an almost all white, upper-middle class community, the thrill of riding his bike to BART and sitting in the hot mid-day sun surrounded by East Bay residents of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and states of inebriation awokeTripper to the wider world of Bay Area sports and culture.  Those bleacher days cemented his dedication to the people and sports of the Bay, and the smell of sweat, beer and marijuana wafting through the air (then in the bleachers, now in the parking lot) still means Oakland A’s baseball to him. Tripper also grew up listening to Ken Dito on the original KNBR Sportsphone68, Bill King’s “Holy Toledo” calls during A’s and Warriors games (often with an earbud plugged into a transistor after bedtime), Joe Starkey’s “What a Bonanza for the Bears” during fall Saturdays, and the contrast of Lon Simmons’ melodious voice against the weekly disastrous performances of the Plunkett and DeBerg-led 49ers – an experience that still causes Tripper to doubt the 49ers in every game they play.  Still a resident of what is now known as “the 925”, Tripper is dedicated to promoting and preserving the soul and color of Bay Area sports.  Also, FC Bayern. #ToodleLew.

Follow Tripper on twitter: @tripperino 

 


 

Josh Hunsucker

Josh and his son celebrate the Warriors' 2014-2015 World Championship at the ticker tape parade in Oakland.

When I was 6-years old, I moved to the City from Dallas amidst the A’s 1988 World Series and 49ers Super Bowl XXIII runs. With 3:10 on the clock and 92 yards away from the Lombardi trophy, my dad called me over to the TV to witness my first sports memory as well as the greatest drive in Super Bowl history. With the memory of John Taylor’s slant still fresh in my mind, my family moved to the 925. The ghosts of ’89 still haunt my fandom: Rickey, Montana to Rice, Run TMC. Those players and teams gave me one of the greatest gifts a fan can have, an irrational love for their teams. I cheer for the A’s, 49ers, and Warriors with the dedication and enthusiasm of Jerry Rice gliding up “The Hill,” during an offseason workout. I am also a connoisseur of players who reach legendary status for things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. Cult Bay Area sports icons like Al Attles, Ken Dorsey, J.T. O’Sullivan, Eric Byrnes, and of course Boobie Dixon, the Patron Saint of Section925. After college, I took my Bay Area fandom on the road when I joined the Army. I started the blog Rogue Mentality, which chronicled my sports experiences from life in SEC country to partnering with K-State baseball to watching the Iraqi National Soccer Team win the 2007 Asia Cup. After leaving the Army and moving back to California, Connor (who penned the great blog BA Surf ‘n Sport) suggested we pull a Captain Planet and create Section925. After three years of hard recruiting, Connor and I picked up Tripper, a local 925 celebrity, in free agency to solidify our squad. I hope you enjoy our fresh look at Bay Area sports and pop culture and stay tuned because the revolution will be live.

Follow Josh on twitter: @jphunsucker


(To learn more about the youth soccer team in Senya, Ghana that Section925.com sponsors, click here. There are opportunities to get involved.)


Section925

Contributors:

 1. Garrett Wheeler

2. Josh Tribe

3. Amy MacEwen

4. Jessica Bardoulas

5. Devin "Reno" Wright

6. Brendan Wright

7. Robbie Repass

8. Kevin Weeks

9. Andy Pinasco

10. Andrew Blair

11. Mike Carley A.K.A. Big Woaf

12. Kelly Hunsucker

13. John Crowell

14. Jeff Ragasa

15. Bryan Maag

16. Julien Howsepian

17. Craig Branstad

18. Jason Chiang

19. Chris Cosden

20. Bobby Glasser

21. Ali Sperling

22. Adrian Spinelli

23. Jalila Sparks

24. Mike Carozza

25. Nate Weidner

26. Jon Zuber

27. Kate McGuire

28. Steph Redd

29. Becky Diel

30. Liz Maxwell

31. Laura McDonald

32. Anna K. Thor

33. Sean Tabor

34. Megan Grebitus

35. Andrey Burin

36. Merlin Edwards III

37. Jamie Coffis

38. Tanja M. Alvarez

39. Mandi Dudek

40. Peter Horn

41. Charlie Wheary

42. Huss Al-Shibib

43. Jordan Latham

44. Jeremiah Twain

45. Harrison Laver

46. Michael S. Rampa

47. Vicky Woodworth

48. Dominque Keith-Maher

49. Kyle Heise

50. Galen Barbour

51. Brett Thomas

52. Alex Jensen

53. Jon Wheeler

54. Deborah Smith Ford

55. LeAnne Harris

56. Enrique Mendoza

57. Spencer Schulman

58. Kevin Calder

59. Tyler Blint-Welsh

60. Matt Cermak

61. Scott Tully

62. Jeremy Batten

63. Charles A. Turner Jr.

64. Tino Barragan

65. Skaz One

66. Ryan Ward

67. Matthew Van Fossen

68. Stephanie Sockel

69. Cindy Mich

70. Evan Henkel

71. Chris Arthur

72. Chris Guest

73. Spencer Smith

74. John Honea

75. Mikhil Chemburkar

76. Thomas Johnson

77. Travis Rowney

78. H. Jacob Sandigo

79. Nate Rosenbloom

80. JJ Walton

81. Jason Gordon

82. Rosie Gonce

83. Kyle Heise

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