Bay Area football teams haven’t learned a basic lesson: Games are won on the field, not in the newspapers or on TV.
The 49ers are the latest to make a silly move, demanding that KPIX’s Dennis O’Donnell, the hardest-working and most respected TV sports reporter in the Bay Area, no longer interview coach Mike Singletary for the station’s “49ers Report,” which airs on Saturday night. O’Donnell will remain as host of the show, but Kim Coyle will do the Singletary interview. Read More
Coaches disdain talk of moral victories, but what the 49ers accomplished in the heart-breaking 25-22 loss to the world champion New Orleans Saints on Monday night should right their ship.
Trailing by eight points in the waning minutes, fighting the notorious Candlestick Park wind, quarterback Alex Smith drove the Niners downfield for a touchdown, using his legs to run for first downs when no receiver was open. And after the touchdown, he threw a pinpoint pass to Vernon Davis for the two-point conversion that tied the game. Read More
How long will saying, “Yes, sir, Mr. Davis” be enough to save Tom Cable’s job as Raiders coach?
Certainly, Cable has done nothing to merit retention. He’s a buffoon, making postgame comments that would be embarrassing to an intelligent person. One sign of his lack of intelligence: His pretending that Michael Bush might play in the Raiders’ opener in Tennessee. Bush had a fractured thumb on the hand he uses to carry the ball and a cast on the thumb. Everybody knew that. Do you think the Titans spent a minute of practice time on him? Read More
If the 49ers are to become legitimate playoff contenders, some things have to happen immediately. For instance:Alex Smith has to learn to shake off adversity. NFL games seldom go perfectly for even the best quarterbacks, but Smith seems not to have learned that basic lesson yet. Read More
For the first time, I believe there’s a real possibility the Raiders and 49ers will work together for a shared stadium in Santa Clara.
Why? Because Amy Trask is fully involved for the Raiders and reportedly having frequent talks with the 49ers stadium task force. Nobody ever accused the Raiders’ CEO of being loveable, but she’s very intelligent and hard working, and she keeps her eyes on the main goal. Read More
Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Kevin Riley had big days Saturday against inferior opponents. Their performances when the competition gets stiffer will be the critical element for their respective teams.
Luck was virtually flawless, completing 17-of-23 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns in Stanford’s 52-17 romp over Sacramento State. Read More
The Raiders wore T-shirts in training camp proclaiming that they’d win the AFC West and the Super Bowl. After seven straight seasons of double-digit losses, they should have aimed at getting to .500 first. Read More
This is a very different Giants team than what we expected this year. Now that the fog has reappeared, we probably won’t see anything like the three straight games of double-digit scoring this week, but the Giants are a much better hitting team than was anticipated. Read More
It was only an exhibition game, but it was gratifying to see Alex Smith play well in the 49ers’ win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. Now, maybe the clamoring for Nate Davis will abate.
Fans always get excited about backup quarterbacks during the practice games. Remember Cody Pickett? He’s playing in the Canadian League now. Read More
The expansion of the Pac-10 Conference to include Colorado and Utah is not set in stone. It’s meeting some strong opposition, most notably from former UCLA chancellor Chuck Young, who is still on the Knight’s Commission for intercollegiate athletics. Read More
Mike Singletary has been learning on the job as the 49ers head coach. Now, it’s time for him to apply what he’s learned.
There are many 49ers’ fans who have been skeptical of Singletary because he’s not Bill Walsh. Nobody else is, either. Walsh was an innovator, a strategic genius who put his stamp on the entire league, but it isn’t necessary for a coach to be a replica of Walsh to succeed. Read More
The Internet can be a great source of information, but unfortunately, there’s a lot of garbage out there, too. In that category is an assessment of Bill Walsh, sent by a reader.
“Bill Walsh had a very acrimonious relationship with the media. He did not like them, and he did not trust them. Press conferences were few and as short as possible and were often cold, curt and tense affairs. Read More
The AL West, which has taken a back seat to its National League counterpart, may be about to get interesting.
With a big spurt in the month before the All-Star Game, the Texas Rangers seemed to take control of the division, which they now lead by seven games over the Los Angeles Angels. Read More
Will their failure to call up Buster Posey earlier, or even start the season with him as their catcher, cost the Giants a playoff berth?
It isn’t that Posey was a surprise. He’d been a collegiate star, with offensive statistics far beyond his peers. He was a first-round draft pick (No. 5 overall) by the Giants. And he was 23 in March, young for a Giants rookie, admittedly, but an age at which most clubs like to bring up players. Atlanta started 20-year-old Jason Heyward in its first game. Read More
The Warriors are dealing, and it would be prudent for Monta Ellis not to sign any long-term leases in Oakland. He may be the next to leave.
The big deal was the trade for All-Star power forward David Lee, which sent Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike to the New York Knicks. Warriors GM Larry Riley followed up by signing free agent forward Dorell Wright. Read More