History says Cal will slip on banana peel

The Bay Area sports buzz this weekend begins and ends with the Cal football team playing for its Rose Bowl life and it will be fueled by collective nervous energy.

I don’t think there’s a group of sports fans any more uncomfortable this morning than Golden Bears fans. What to do with all those hours leading up to the game against Southern Cal?

Dare they dream of a Rose Bowl?

I’d bet there isn’t a Bears fan out there who hasn’t figured out at least three ways everything can go wrong for the Bears after the opening kickoff tonight at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. I’m not saying Bears fans are pessimists. I just think they’re protecting their fragile psyches from another season of “If onlys.” If only this. If only that.

Oh, there are Cal fans who think the Bears will win tonight. Unfortunately, none of them have any experience experiencing a Cal victory of this magnitude and every single one of them will waste a lot of wattage looking for the Bears’ banana peel.

I’m still looking for the banana peel after Baron Davis has played some of the best basketball we’ve seen anybody play in the Bay Area in years his last couple of games for the Warriors. His 36-point, 18-assist, eight-rebound game Thursday against Sacramento was an effort legends are made of.

After the game, Warriors coach Don Nelson said he’s “having trouble designing a play where [Davis] brings it up, passes to himself, drives to the basket and kicks out to himself.”

To me, Baron’s banana peel is that a big game like Thursday’s once again proves he’s a dog — because he only plays like that when he feels like it. I always thought there was only one way to play sports — to the best of your ability every time no matter what.

The fact Davis turned his game on and off for the previous coach means to me that he can turn if off again as soon as he feels like it.

If only Davis would approach his profession like Jerry Rice approached his. I genuinely believe Rice has been the most professional athlete we’ve seen in sports.

Ever.

Nobody worked harder. Nobody gave it his all like Jerry did. He shouldn’t have a single “What if?” moment the rest of his days.

Like Rice was the best at what he did, sports agent Jeff Borris is one of the best at what he does and that’s why I wouldn’t believe a single word he says.

Whatever Borris says about Barry Bonds is only being said to make Barry Bonds more valuable. The San Diego Padres? The A’s? A ghost of a chance. I won’t believe it until I see Bonds hold up a uniform.

If the Giants want Bonds back, Brian Sabean should figure out how much he’d be worth to the team. Offer that amount of money to Bonds and if he doesn’t take it, leave the bargaining table without a single regret.

Speaking of ghosts, I have one leftover Halloween question. Anybody out there besides me devour what seems like a million Tootsie Rolls since Trick-or-Treat Day wondering after each one why the Tootsie Roll isn’t the king of all candies, why Tootsie Roll Industries doesn’t rule the world?

Tim Liotta hosts the weekend edition of “Sportsphone 680” on KNBR (680 AM).

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