Firing Tom Cable and promoting Hue Jackson to head coach was the smartest move Al Davis has made since he hired Jon Gruden, and the Raiders are reaping the benefits now.
Cable was a buffoon. At postgame media sessions after losses, he was at a complete loss to explain why the Raiders were still making mistakes, especially with penalties. He’d make promises to change the pattern, but they were meaningless because he had no real plan. Read More
Perhaps it was fitting that Opera in the Park took over the friendly confines of Third and King on Sunday — the fat lady was singing in Arizona the night before as the Giants’ once-promising season came to an official end.
There will be no NL West title, no wild-card berth, no ticker tape and no mosh pits on the pitcher’s mound.
And for many fans, it’s just time to move on. Read More
When Devinder Dhesi and his family left their Yuba City home Sunday morning to attend the 49ers’ home opener at Candlestick Park, they didn’t expect their fun to be cut short.
But the recent violence at Candlestick Park football games — including the Aug. 20 shooting of two men following the 49ers’ victory over the Raiders — prompted the 49ers to stop all tailgating 15 minutes before kickoff. Read More
Hue Jackson did such a good job as offensive coordinator for the Raiders last season, he was rewarded by club owner Al Davis with his first pro head coaching job this season.Be careful what you wish for.Jackson was a good choice to replace the buffoon Tom Cable, who was fired by Davis for his off-field behavior, which included a tussle with an assistant coach. Read More
As we get ready to kick off a new NFL season, pull up a barstool 49ers and Raiders fans for the violence-free Bay Area football smackdown:Round 1: Hue Jackson or Jim Harbaugh?
If this were a presidential primary, Jackson’s firebrand speeches would win in a landslide. Unfortunately, nobody in the NFL gets points for being clever at press conferences. Read More
Police released a sketch Thursday of the suspect wanted in a cowardly Candlestick Park bathroom assault.The suspect beat a 26-year-old San Rafael man into unconsciousness during Saturday’s particularly rowdy preseason game between the 49ers and Raiders that saw more battles in the stands than on the field, police said.The vicious fan fighting has league officials considering ending the preseason matchup dubbed “Battle of the Bay.” Read More
So now what do we tell L.A.? That we have as many thugs at our sporting events as they do? That Candlestick Park is every bit as dangerous as Dodger Stadium? That the scofflaws and punks have imposed their will on society, just like in Southern California?
Fans entering NFL games are patted down. As if it does any good. Fights — brawls, really — were prevalent in the stands in the second half of the Raiders-49ers game Saturday. There were shootings in the parking lot. Read More
After a rash of fan violence marred Saturday’s game, 49ers President Jed York said Monday that the team will impose an array of stricter security measures, including banning tailgating during games and asking the NFL to postpone further preseason games with the Raiders. Read More
Reports of rowdy fights and shootings at Candlestick Park after Saturday’s 49ers-Raiders exhibition game keep coming in, and video of some of the incidents have surfaced on YouTube. Read More
The San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders annual preseason game will be ended by the NFL after the violence that erupted at Candlestick Park on Saturday night, according to news reports. Read More