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San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster, left, celebrates with middle linebacker Brock Coyle  after making a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium on Nov. 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster, left, celebrates with middle linebacker Brock Coyle  after making a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium on Nov. 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
OAKLAND, CA - OCT 24: Forward Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors signals a three-point shot just made by guard Stephen Curry #30 (not shown) against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter of the game on October 24, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Warriors would be in trouble without Kevin Durant

Camelot in the NBA is located on 7000 Coliseum Way in Oakland,…

OAKLAND, CA - OCT 24: Forward Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors signals a three-point shot just made by guard Stephen Curry #30 (not shown) against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter of the game on October 24, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Eli Manning, seen here in 2017, and the New York Giants come to town this week for a flaccid Monday Night Football date with the San Francisco 49ers. (Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News/TNS)

Bonta Hill: Giants-49ers rivalry used to be the stuff of legends, now not so much

Jimmy Garoppolo helping the San Francisco 49ers win five straight games to…

Eli Manning, seen here in 2017, and the New York Giants come to town this week for a flaccid Monday Night Football date with the San Francisco 49ers. (Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News/TNS)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens rolls out during a drill at practice on Oct. 18, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: In what’s possibly the last Battle of the Bay, neither team has shown much fight

Before the season, I sure thought the NFL made the right decision…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens rolls out during a drill at practice on Oct. 18, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena during Game 2 of the Western Semifinals in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Stephen Curry is the MVP already

When it comes to the Golden State Warriors, the nation seems more…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena during Game 2 of the Western Semifinals in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard is hit in the backfield as Chandler Jones (55) of the Arizona Cardinals bears down on Oct. 7, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Vitorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Time to eulogize Bay Area football

One of California’s oldest independent business firms, McAvoy O'Hara Evergreen Mortuary, resides…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard is hit in the backfield as Chandler Jones (55) of the Arizona Cardinals bears down on Oct. 7, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Vitorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Hunter Pence had a home run and an RBI double for the Giants on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: It’s time to bury these Giants, not praise them

The 2018 baseball season officially came to end this past Sunday for…

Hunter Pence had a home run and an RBI double for the Giants on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Niners fans should do like Jimmy Garoppolo and remain calm. He’ll be the quarterback of the future no matter what the front office does in the coming days. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: With Garoppolo down, it’s time to evaluate, not tank

It’s amazing how one play can snatch excitement away from an entire…

Niners fans should do like Jimmy Garoppolo and remain calm. He’ll be the quarterback of the future no matter what the front office does in the coming days. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates a touchdown with Daniel Kilgore against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 26, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: 49ers are playing the long game

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked six times on Sunday,…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates a touchdown with Daniel Kilgore against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 26, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden stands on the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday, August 24, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Departure of the (Khalil) Mack was the wrong call

I refused to envision a scenario in which the Oakland Raiders traded…

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden stands on the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday, August 24, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looks into the crowd before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Thursday, August 9, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: What should be expected from the San Francisco 49ers in 2018?

The excitement surrounding the 2018 San Francisco 49ers is understandable, considering there…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looks into the crowd before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Thursday, August 9, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey connects on an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Buster Posey isn’t a Hall of Famer

We no longer have to watch Buster Posey hit weak grounders and…

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey connects on an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis warms up before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Khris Davis may fall short in MVP voting, but he’s been a big piece of the Oakland Athletics’ renaissance

Anywhere east of Oakland, you don’t hear too many folks chirping about…

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis warms up before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Nick Hundley notched four hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Nick Hundley was in the wrong during his fight with Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig

After two, drama-filled wins over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the up-and-down San…

Nick Hundley notched four hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Oakland Athletics celebrate Jonathan Lucroy's walk-off hit as Pablo Sandoval walks off the field on July 21, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: It should be a disappointment if the A’s don’t win it all

Legendary Bay Area rapper Earl Stevens, better known as E-40, recorded a…

The Oakland Athletics celebrate Jonathan Lucroy's walk-off hit as Pablo Sandoval walks off the field on July 21, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Terrell Owens took a shot at the 49ers when confronted by TMZ's cameras. (Courtesy Collision Conf/Flickr)

Terrell Owens not attending Canton ceremony is shameful

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, during Hall of…

Terrell Owens took a shot at the 49ers when confronted by TMZ's cameras. (Courtesy Collision Conf/Flickr)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers to home against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: San Francisco Giants are stuck as trade deadline looms

Tuesday afternoon on the Greg Papa Show on 95.7 The Game, Jon…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers to home against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie celebrates with teammates after a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels on April 7, 2018.  (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Bonta Hill: A’s are the hottest team in baseball

Before about three weeks ago, seemingly every conversation about the Oakland Athletics…

The Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie celebrates with teammates after a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels on April 7, 2018.  (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
DeMarcus Cousins has a new home. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Bonta Hill: DeMarcus Cousins’s deal with the Golden State Warriors is a win for both parties

Draymond Green said it all: Bada bing, bada boom. That’s how the…

DeMarcus Cousins has a new home. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
U-18 U.S. National team member Andrew Paoli plays for the San Francisco Glens. He's a rising UCLA sophomore and a San Jose native. (Courtesy S.F. Glens)

Bonta Hill: Soccer development is alive and well in San Francisco, despite U.S. absence from World Cup

With ratings and attendance down in Major League Baseball amid a desperate…

U-18 U.S. National team member Andrew Paoli plays for the San Francisco Glens. He's a rising UCLA sophomore and a San Jose native. (Courtesy S.F. Glens)