Sorry to intrude on your upcoming holiday weekend, but Bay Area sports fans you have a job to do Thursday. Grab that wishbone from your turkey and please wish that: Read More
As the 49ers embark on the longest road trip in team history — facing the Panthers on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C., and then continuing on to London for a Halloween game against the Denver Broncos — there will be plenty of time to ponder the fate and faces of the franchise: Mike Singletary and Alex Smith. Read More
Goodbye Southern hospitality, hello toughest town and team in the National League. The Giants should be writing thank-you notes to the bumbling Braves for committing seven errors and scoring only nine runs in gift-wrapping the NLDS for San Francisco. But don’t expect such generosity or meek hitting from the four-time reigning NL East champion Phillies. Although the Giants and Phils split their six regular-season meetings, the playoff matchup is decidedly in favor of the men in red.
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As I walked out of AT&T Park back in May following yet another dismal Giants loss, the queasy, uneasy feeling ripping at the guts of San Francisco fans undoubtedly made its way to management’s door.
It was pure April Fool’s to think the team that started the season could contend for a title. Credit the Giants’ three headed brain trust for turning it all around. Read More
It’s clinch-or-flinch time for the Giants.
Forget the wild card. That will likely go to the Atlanta Braves — who have the best home record in baseball — and host their final five games, three of which are against the Philadelphia Phillies who have nothing to play for.
So, it’s real simple for the Giants. Win four of their last five games and San Francisco captures the NL West outright. Read More
Former Bay Area sportscaster and Detroit Lions linebacker Wayne Walker once joked that it cost him $50 to play in an exhibition game. Walker’s ejection and fine for fighting actually exceeded his $100 game day paycheck.
Today’s players still earn blue-collar wages for preseason games that have become increasingly problematic for the league. Read More
How appropriate that the Milwaukee Brewers are unveiling a bronze statue of Bud Selig outside Miller Park on Aug. 24.
The commissioner has taken standing pat to an art form. From his see-no-evil mishandling of the steroid scandal to ignoring the recent rash of horribly blown calls by umpires, Selig is all talk and no action. After Tuesday’s melee between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals, you might think Selig would take major steps to prevent a repeat of such a frighteningly dangerous brawl. Read More
Bill Walsh rarely got it wrong. But, a decade ago when he released Jerry Rice after 16 mostly glorious seasons with the 49ers, the Genius did something Flash 80 rarely did. He dropped the ball.
Walsh thought his star receiver, then 38, was fading. So he turned the 2000 season into Jerry’s farewell tour. Too bad Rice wanted no part of the show. While many NFL insiders and Jerry’s so-called second father supposedly knew best, Jerry fumed. Read More
Tony Soprano couldn’t have done a better job in wiping away the stain of Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo’s tarnished records while playing for the Trojans. USC is scrubbing their images from school murals, removing Bush’s No. 5 jersey from the lobby of Heritage Hall and giving back its copy of Bush’s Heisman Trophy.
The NCAA hit USC with reduced football scholarships, four years of probation and a two-year bowl ban for lack of institutional control. In addition, the BCS will probably vacate the Trojans’ 2005 national football championship. Read More
While a shady cast of characters hung out on Third Street on Tuesday morning, a block away inside the Joseph Lee Recreation Center at the Bayview-Hunters Point YMCA, about 100 kids were all smiles. George Gervin and Artis Gilmore were wowing the crowd with a basketball clinic and inspirational speeches about making good choices to reach your life goals. Read More
Want to sum up the first half of the Giants’ season? Too much ebb and not enough flow.
Despite all the promising work of Juan Uribe, a finally healthy Freddy Sanchez plus newcomers Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell, San Francisco will be hard-pressed to match last year’s midseason record of 44-37. The biggest disappointment is Pablo Sandoval. Read More
Team USA’s fabulous sense of joy following Landon Donovan’s stoppage-time goal against Algeria can only be matched by a huge sigh of relief from FIFA.
Instead of fending off a barrage of criticism over the World Cup’s brutally bad officiating and quirky rules which could have decided whether America or England advanced to the Round of 16 by “random selection” (if the teams had the same number of points and goals scored), suddenly you actually care about soccer. Read More
I discovered “the beautiful game” by chance. During a junior high gym class, my Israel-born P.E. teacher needed a volunteer goalkeeper.
When a hard shot somehow found its way into my mid-section, I had the thrill of making my first save.
Following a senior-season recruiting phone call from Hall of Fame coach Joe Morrone, I played two unspectacular seasons for him at the University of Connecticut. Talk about intense and committed. Read More
Forget Blackhawks-Flyers. If you want rough-and-tumble action, tune into tonight’s opening round of the NBA finals. A Lakers-Celtics showdown is like an Ali-Frazier fight: a rollicking rowdy championship duel that is as entertaining as it is fierce and often ugly. Read More
All hail the commissioner. Bow in fear to the guardians of our beloved games because these benevolent despots have carte blanche to do almost anything. Just keep that TV money rolling in and fans turning out in droves and team owners would probably elect Fidel Castro.
Therein lies the rub. There’s too much power at the top. Baseball’s newly enlightened crusader for a clean game, Bud Selig, proudly boasted in spring training that steroids and amphetamines are “virtually non-existent” in the major leagues. Read More