Barring somewhat of a football miracle, Oakland’s brittle grasp on the top spot in the AFC West may be all but lost when the dimming lights shadow Lambeau Field Sunday. The Raiders, who were riding a three-game winning streak into last Sunday’s road game against Miami, were dominated for the better part of four quarters on both sides of the football, losing 34-14. And this week, Oakland hits the road once again.But this time it’ll be against the best team in football. Read More
Call it the best football team San Francisco has produced in a very long while, but the road into and through the postseason is one that is not over for the current 10-2 49ers. In clinching the franchise’s first NFC West Division title since 2002 last week, a dangerous pattern of failing to convert red-zone appearances into touchdowns and merely settling for field goals has ensued. Read More
There is only one thing that has gotten the best of Andrew Luck on the football field in the past two years, and that’s been the vaunted football program that is Oregon.
And come Saturday, the Stanford redshirt junior quarterback hopes that the Heisman Trophy balloting won’t best him once more, as well.
Luck, again, is up for the most coveted individual prize in college football, along with four other standout finalists in pursuit of being called the game’s finest player. Read More
As the game clock ticked to zero Sunday at Candlestick Park, the feat hadn’t quite sunk in for 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
“It’ll probably sink in when I get home. I’ve never been in the playoffs,” Crabtree said after helping his team secure the NFC West Division title after routing the St. Louis Rams 26-0. “It’s something new for me. I can’t wait.” Read More
STANFORD — Only hours before the commencement of Monday’s football practice, Stanford senior quarterback Andrew Luck heard the news.
It was news that, despite being expected by most, still thrilled the Cardinal’s leader.
“I think everybody wants to win [it],” Luck said after being named one of the five finalists for the Heisman Trophy. “No one wants to come in second, or third, or fourth.”
Second, however, is exactly where Luck finished in last year’s Heisman Trophy balloting, one spot behind winner Cam Newton of Auburn. Read More
The founder of TaskRabbit, a online and mobile marketplace where users can post tasks they need completed in exchange for cash, is looking to expand her 3½-year-old operation to Atlanta, Seattle and Austin, Texas. For more info, visit www.taskrabbit.com. Read More
In sports, you win some and lose some. And this year, the 49ers have won — mostly. But despite having an affirmed grasp on the NFC West, coach Jim Harbaugh still hates to lose — even to older brother, and Baltimore Ravens coach, John. Thanksgiving Day’s 16-6 loss to Baltimore was only San Francisco’s second this season. And if one can simplify Harbaugh’s winning method, it’s that what’s next is more important than what just happened. Read More
It was nearly four weeks ago when the Raiders last lost a football game, a painful setback to the division-rival Denver Broncos at the O.co Coliseum. If there was anything worth salvaging from Week 9, it was that the Silver and Black was still, despite the 38-24 loss, in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West. Oakland has since rattled off three straight wins, the latest of which was a 25-20 triumph over the Chicago Bears last Sunday, and now alone claims the division top spot. Read More
A former rocker himself, Mark DeVito likes Muppets, which is probably why he intended to name his bar at 19th and Mission streets Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. But just to be safe on the copyright side of things, the 31-year-old New Hampshire native settled for Mayhem instead. Just over four months old, Mayhem fits into the quirky neighborhood that is the Mission, but differs just enough to be considered unique. DeVito, a 10-year veteran of the service industry, envisioned a “weird and crazy” place where people could feel comfortable. Read More
Cherie Napier, the marketing manager for Serramonte Shopping Center in Daly City, is spearheading the fourth annual Bay’s Got Talent competition with tryouts starting Sunday. Of the 25 contestants, the top 10 will advance to the Dec. 11 finals, with the winner claiming a $1,000 gift card to the center. For more information, visit www.serramontecenter.com.
What is the general contestant age range for the show? Last year, we had an 8-year-old as the youngest, and the oldest we had was an 80-year-old man. So it was really a huge range of ages. Read More
South San Francisco High School senior Andrea Gonzales, along with Sojourn to the Past founder Jeff Steinberg, received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award on Nov. 2 at the White House. Sojourn is an education program that allows students to retrace the steps of the civil rights movement. For more info, visit www.sojournproject.com. Read More
Sam Mogannam has come a long way from selling Twinkies and cigarettes on the weekends out of his family’s business. Today, he owns and has evolved that business and plans to continue to expand the Bi-Rite Market, fusing his love for food and passion for serving the Mission district.
It was St. Patrick’s Day 2010 when David Bates noticed a young bartender struggling to keep up with the thirsty customers at Club Deluxe. “Trying not to be a creep,” Bates, 29, a bartender himself back East, approached the young woman and asked if she needed help. Days later, Bates was hired and today the Boston native, who ironically is a self-proclaimed Manhattan cocktail “kind of guy,” commutes about 45 seconds to work as he resides above the establishment. But when one steps into Club Deluxe, signature cocktails aren’t the only things on the menu. Read More
For Miguel Hernandez, merely wearing silver and black isn’t enough. The 24-year-old Oakland native, who hasn’t missed a Raiders home game along with his twin brother, Luis, in three years, customized his very own Al Davis No. 1 jersey at the start of the 2011 NFL season. And since Week 1, he hasn’t worn anything else. Read More
Some get tattoos, while others tailgate and dress up. But when a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass drove past Chris Mejia while at work nearly 10 years ago, he knew exactly how he was going to showcase his 49ers pride. Read More