Paul Ladewski

The only things that can stop the Golden State Warriors are injuries and boredom. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors’ toughest task in 2016: Keep us interested until playoffs

The Golden State Warriors edged some chumps named the Los Angeles Clippers…

The only things that can stop the Golden State Warriors are injuries and boredom. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 53, intercepts a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bowman’s future in doubt, and Niners are poorer for it

Just when the Faithless thought the news in Santa Clara couldn’t get…

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 53, intercepts a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Baltimore Ravens strong safety Eric Weddle (32) watches Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts (10) make a touchdown reception Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Raiders off to 3-1 start after thriller in Baltimore

The Raiders are off to a 3-1 start, their best since the…

Baltimore Ravens strong safety Eric Weddle (32) watches Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts (10) make a touchdown reception Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It’s time to cancel Kap drama

Now that Colin Kaepernick has mastered the quarterback position, he can share…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) reacts to not converting for a first down against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kelly’s Niners do impossible, make Tomsula’s look better

Almost nobody in his drug-free mind believed in miracles after Chip Kelly…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) reacts to not converting for a first down against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here on Sept. 18, gave the Raiders a chance to win again on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

For better or worse, new Raiders look a lot like old ones

After their 17-10 escape against the Titans in Tennessee on Sunday, the…

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here on Sept. 18, gave the Raiders a chance to win again on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Johnny Cueto is expected to return later this week. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Time has come for Giants to love us or leave us

Eleven days left in the regular season. Three National League teams. Two…

Johnny Cueto is expected to return later this week. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
The Raiders announced signing Jack Del Rio to a new contract Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

There’s no defense for Raiders’ sorry start

We know Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio likes to roll the…

The Raiders announced signing Jack Del Rio to a new contract Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) bobbles but hauls in a reception past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) in the second half on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

There’s no defense for Niners’ latest snoozer

#BoycottNFL is off to a rousing start — television ratings are as…

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) bobbles but hauls in a reception past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) in the second half on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek (88) reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Balls Nation speaks: It’s game on for #boycottNFL

Ya’ve done good, Balls Nation. Ya’ve done good. Support of #boycottNFL in…

San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek (88) reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The U.S. military was honored as a part of 9/11 ceremonies before the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

#BoycottNFL is an idea whose time has come

It was dumbarrassment as usual on the first Sunday of the NFL…

The U.S. military was honored as a part of 9/11 ceremonies before the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)
Only time will tell if Chip Kelly’s defense can survive being on the field for most of the game as inept personnel struggles to run the coach’s uptempo offense. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Let’s give Chip time to fail on his terms

Are you ready for some football? Niners’ football, Chip Kelly style? Hear…

Only time will tell if Chip Kelly’s defense can survive being on the field for most of the game as inept personnel struggles to run the coach’s uptempo offense. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez (9) tags out Giants center fielder Gorkys Hernandez (66) on a steal attempt at second base in the 12th inning on Sunday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Inset: Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is hoisted by catcher David Ross (3) after hitting a game-winning single in the 13th inning to beat the Giants 3-2 on Sunday. (All: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Game Giants don’t measure up to pitch-rich Cubs

CHICAGO — The Giants and Chicago Cubs played 40 innings in four…

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez (9) tags out Giants center fielder Gorkys Hernandez (66) on a steal attempt at second base in the 12th inning on Sunday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Inset: Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is hoisted by catcher David Ross (3) after hitting a game-winning single in the 13th inning to beat the Giants 3-2 on Sunday. (All: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Chip Kelly. (Courtesy photo)

Ready or not, here comes Chip

The Chip Kelly era in Santa Clara is set to begin. The…

Chip Kelly. (Courtesy photo)
Jon Lester was masterful in his outing against the Giants on Friday. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Giants see the enemy, and it is their former selves

CHICAGO — The showdown against the Chicago Cubs is a biggie for…

Jon Lester was masterful in his outing against the Giants on Friday. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Madison Bumgarner, seen here during All Star Weekend, made an addition to his case for the 2016 Cy Young award. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

It’s Bum to the rescue, as Giants breathe Cy of relief

CHICAGO — A lot of seamheads like to talk about must-win situations…

Madison Bumgarner, seen here during All Star Weekend, made an addition to his case for the 2016 Cy Young award. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Jeff Samardzija, seen here on Aug. 17, didn’t pitch well in a big game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jeff Samardzija fades when Giants need him most

CHICAGO — When the Giants shelled out 90-million bucks for free agent Jeff…

Jeff Samardzija, seen here on Aug. 17, didn’t pitch well in a big game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) watches from the sideline during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It’s time for Niners to save face, beat Colin cancer

So Colin Kaepernick wants to be the Dalai Lama, huh? Well, God…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) watches from the sideline during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Brandon Crawford and the Giants have been in a freefall while the Dodgers have thrived. Could they possibly miss the playoffs this year? (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants beware: Dodgers pose fresh challenge this time

There’s no turning back for the Giants now. The 162-game marathon has…

Brandon Crawford and the Giants have been in a freefall while the Dodgers have thrived. Could they possibly miss the playoffs this year? (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes the ball during the afternoon practice at the team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Nothing would be finer than Prescott as a Niner

While Balls wonders if the 49ers’ quarterback situation is the worst since…

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes the ball during the afternoon practice at the team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)