Matt Kolsky

You can trace how engaged the Golden State Warriors are directly to Draymond Green’s effort level. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors’ energy directly tied to Draymond Green’s

The Warriors’ Tuesday night win followed what has become a familiar script…

You can trace how engaged the Golden State Warriors are directly to Draymond Green’s effort level. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) (left) celebrates with San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Brock Coyle (50) after making a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Weekend wrap: Making sense of Reuben Foster’s arrest, the unfocused Warriors and inactive Giants

Quick hits with Kolsky In the local football world, 49ers LB Reuben…

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) (left) celebrates with San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Brock Coyle (50) after making a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The New Orleans Saints were one of four favorites that failed to cover the spread during the NFL’s Wild Card weekend. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

In NFL playoffs, unpredictability reigns supreme

America loves an underdog story, the saying tells us. The cousin of…

The New Orleans Saints were one of four favorites that failed to cover the spread during the NFL’s Wild Card weekend. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
Injuries are limiting both rosters, giving viewers a chance to see Kevin Durant play top dog against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Injury-riddled Warriors-Cavs game is the gift you didn’t know you wanted

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet today in a woulda-coulda-shoulda…

Injuries are limiting both rosters, giving viewers a chance to see Kevin Durant play top dog against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jerry Richardson is on his way out, but the NFL would do well to better police its owners’ behavior. (David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

NFL hastens its inevitable decline

Opportunity cost: “The loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one…

Jerry Richardson is on his way out, but the NFL would do well to better police its owners’ behavior. (David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
With their top target out of the picture, the Giants should seriously consider signing Lorenzo Cain and others this offseason. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

How the Giants can rebuild after missing on Giancarlo Stanton

After logging 98 of them in the regular season, the Giants took…

With their top target out of the picture, the Giants should seriously consider signing Lorenzo Cain and others this offseason. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
College basketball is an ugly product, and it’s up to the NCAA to fix that with some prodding from the consumer. (Phoebe Sheehan/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

Won’t anyone think of the children?

When most people say something is “for the kids,” they actually aren’t…

College basketball is an ugly product, and it’s up to the NCAA to fix that with some prodding from the consumer. (Phoebe Sheehan/Centre Daily Times/TNS)
Giancarlo Stanton has the potential to turn the Giants from a last-place team to a contender. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Giants don’t have a choice, must find a way to trade for Giancarlo Stanton

The San Francisco Giants were abjectly awful in 2017, tied for the…

Giancarlo Stanton has the potential to turn the Giants from a last-place team to a contender. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)
The Raiders control their own destiny with a game against the Chargers left on the schedule. But it would be better for their long-term prospects if they lost some games down the stretch. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It makes more sense for the Raiders to just lose, baby

The Oakland Raiders won a divisional game, and are now, somehow, just…

The Raiders control their own destiny with a game against the Chargers left on the schedule. But it would be better for their long-term prospects if they lost some games down the stretch. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
aiders running back Marshawn Lynch, left, drew the ire of Donald Trump on Monday. The episode led to the question, “How much better would the world be if they traded roles?” (Left: Courtesy Raiders; Right: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

The President and the Rich Creep

You generally can’t know how history will look back on your own…

aiders running back Marshawn Lynch, left, drew the ire of Donald Trump on Monday. The episode led to the question, “How much better would the world be if they traded roles?” (Left: Courtesy Raiders; Right: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
If your biggest concern with the Ezekiel Elliott saga is whether he’ll be allowed to play this Sunday, you’re focusing on the wrong issue. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News/TNS)

Sports world must learn from Hollywood, end ‘locker room talk’ culture

Ezekiel Elliott sat out a football game on Sunday, which, in the…

If your biggest concern with the Ezekiel Elliott saga is whether he’ll be allowed to play this Sunday, you’re focusing on the wrong issue. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News/TNS)
Matt Moore. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Together, the Giants are running it back

Quick hits with Kolsky The San Francisco Giants were tied for the…

Matt Moore. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo took his first reps in practice on Wednesday in Santa Clara. Even if he doesn’t end up being the 49ers quarterback of the future, he’s a worthy investment. (Courtesy Sam Hustis/KNBR)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s arrival heralds a new day for 49ers

Halloween 2017 was Day 3 of the New Millennium 49ers Franchise Turnaround…

Jimmy Garoppolo took his first reps in practice on Wednesday in Santa Clara. Even if he doesn’t end up being the 49ers quarterback of the future, he’s a worthy investment. (Courtesy Sam Hustis/KNBR)
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz scores a touchdown against Carolina Panthers on Oct. 12. Sitting at 6-1 on the season, the Eagles have the best record in the NFL and are one of a handful of teams that has quickly righted the franchise ship. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

If nobody in the NFL is good, how good can the NFL be?

The NFL is fast approaching the halfway point of its 2017 season,…

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz scores a touchdown against Carolina Panthers on Oct. 12. Sitting at 6-1 on the season, the Eagles have the best record in the NFL and are one of a handful of teams that has quickly righted the franchise ship. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)
The Rockets, led by James Harden, are undefeated against the Warrriors this season — but there still isn’t any reason for concern for the odds-on favorites. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A comprehensive rundown of the teams that could challenge the Warriors’ supremacy — but won’t

The Golden State Warriors are 0-1. Putting that relatively meaningless binary distinction…

The Rockets, led by James Harden, are undefeated against the Warrriors this season — but there still isn’t any reason for concern for the odds-on favorites. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Long before vice president Mike Pence used a 49ers-Colts game as a backdrop for a political stunt, it was impossible to “stick to sports.” (Sam Riche/TNS)

Sports is politics, politics is sports

Quick hits with Kolsky Anyone in the sports media who has ever…

Long before vice president Mike Pence used a 49ers-Colts game as a backdrop for a political stunt, it was impossible to “stick to sports.” (Sam Riche/TNS)
Through the ups and the downs of a 13-year career, Matt Cain loved San Francisco — and The City loved him back. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

How the greatness of Matt Cain touched someone halfway across the country

I cried a little bit as I read Matt Cain’s retirement letter…

Through the ups and the downs of a 13-year career, Matt Cain loved San Francisco — and The City loved him back. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jay Ajayi wears an “I’m With Kap” shirt before the Miami Dolphins’ game last weekend. These widespread protests wouldn’t be a thing if it weren’t for athletes in the Bay Area. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

From John Carlos and Tommie Smith to Bruce Maxwell: America needs the Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area has long lived on the liberal fringe…

Jay Ajayi wears an “I’m With Kap” shirt before the Miami Dolphins’ game last weekend. These widespread protests wouldn’t be a thing if it weren’t for athletes in the Bay Area. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
Colin Kaepernick is out of work and there’s really no legitimate explanation for that. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Call it what it is: Colin Kaepernick is blackballed from NFL

Colin Kaepernick is the most ballyhooed unemployed quarterback since Tim Tebow. Let’s…

Colin Kaepernick is out of work and there’s really no legitimate explanation for that. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
49ers' Carlos Hyde tries to save the ball after being tackled during the fourth quarter of the San Francisco 49ers VS. Carolina Panthers game at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, September 10, 2017. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

No surprises from 49ers, Raiders; No offseason for NBA fans

Quick hits with Kolsky The world watched Week 1 of the NFL…

49ers' Carlos Hyde tries to save the ball after being tackled during the fourth quarter of the San Francisco 49ers VS. Carolina Panthers game at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, September 10, 2017. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)