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Washington football players pose on the school’s field in San Francisco. (Courtesy / Joe Shasky)

Butcher Boy delivering the bacon to Washington High School

Bay Area radio personality and San Francisco native Joe Shasky goes to bat for prep sports

Washington football players pose on the school’s field in San Francisco. (Courtesy / Joe Shasky)
Dave Flemming (right) calls a college football game with Joey Galloway (center) and Booger McFarland (left). (Courtesy / ESPN PR)

On Sports Media: Dave Flemming has the best of both worlds

Bay Area broadcaster Dave Flemming talks Giants, being a homer and his college football duties

  • Aug 18, 2019
Dave Flemming (right) calls a college football game with Joey Galloway (center) and Booger McFarland (left). (Courtesy / ESPN PR)
George Kittle (85) of the San Francisco 49ers gets the first down from a pass from quarterback Nick Mullens (4) against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter of the game at Levi’s Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

On Sports Media: Fantasty football kicks off

Which local NFL stars should you pick up in your fantasy football draft and when?

  • Aug 11, 2019
George Kittle (85) of the San Francisco 49ers gets the first down from a pass from quarterback Nick Mullens (4) against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter of the game at Levi’s Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Ben Niemann pressures San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second half on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

On the 49ers, predictions and process

Prognosticating NFL football is hard. This is not presented as an excuse…

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Ben Niemann pressures San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second half on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
One of Pac-12 Network’s five dedicated multi-cam control rooms, showing the producer and director working together. (Kelley L. Cox / Courtesy / Pac-12 Networks)

Pac-12 Network running remote broadcasts out of SF

Pac-12 Network is gearing up for fall in San Francisco nerve center

  • Aug 4, 2019
One of Pac-12 Network’s five dedicated multi-cam control rooms, showing the producer and director working together. (Kelley L. Cox / Courtesy / Pac-12 Networks)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan addresses the media as the team introduces defensive end Dee Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander in a press conference at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on March 13, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Cable dispute endangers 49ers, Raiders broadcasts

Because of a tiff between CBS and AT&T, Bay Area may miss preseason, regular-season NFL games

  • Jul 28, 2019
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan addresses the media as the team introduces defensive end Dee Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander in a press conference at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on March 13, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers paces during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Forty Niners provide alternative content from in-house studio

San Francisco 49ers expanding offerings for Over The Top and other media channels

  • Jul 21, 2019
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers paces during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches to Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) during the first inning at Oracle Park on June 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gorcey: Hope is not a strategy anymore for Giants

With hapless mets in town, Giants may pile up wins, but trade deadline approach shouldn’t change

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches to Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) during the first inning at Oracle Park on June 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Will Smith (13) closes out the game and the win for pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) over the Colorado Rockies 4-2 at Oracle Park on June 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Don’t let winning ways fool you; Giants need to sell

A modest proposal for a Giants team that needs to offload age for prospects

San Francisco Giants pitcher Will Smith (13) closes out the game and the win for pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) over the Colorado Rockies 4-2 at Oracle Park on June 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
FILE: San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) watches pitches from the on deck circle during a MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 21, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Here, Draymond Green and Pablo Sandoval just mean more

Warriors could deal Draymond, Giants could deal Sandoval, but neither should

FILE: San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) watches pitches from the on deck circle during a MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 21, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
U.S. Soccer fans cheer as the U.S. Women’s Soccer team defeats France 2-1 in the quarter finals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup at a viewing party at Golden Gate Tap Room near Union Square on Friday, June 28, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: World Cup final drawing major interest

On biggest single day in United States soccer history, Bay Area is ready to party

  • Jul 7, 2019
U.S. Soccer fans cheer as the U.S. Women’s Soccer team defeats France 2-1 in the quarter finals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup at a viewing party at Golden Gate Tap Room near Union Square on Friday, June 28, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) jokes around during team warm-ups before the start of Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on May 30, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Offseason machinations make Warriors more interesting

Golden State’s free agency drama has made the team intriguing, compelling, unpredictable

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) jokes around during team warm-ups before the start of Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on May 30, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Greg Papa (front right) and Bonta Hill interview Kevin Durant at the Rakuten Performance Center in Oakland, Calif. (Courtesy / Bonta Hill)

On Sports Media: Bay Area radio shuffle highlights busy week

Gary Radnich set to retire, Greg Papa and John Lund reunite on the AM band

  • Jun 30, 2019
Greg Papa (front right) and Bonta Hill interview Kevin Durant at the Rakuten Performance Center in Oakland, Calif. (Courtesy / Bonta Hill)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy holds the Commissioner’s Trophy during the 2014 World Series victory parade in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin / S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Championships are fleeting, not a birthright

Bay Area fans seem to think that championships are their manifest destiny

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy holds the Commissioner’s Trophy during the 2014 World Series victory parade in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin / S.F. Examiner)
FILE: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry holds his head in his hand after losing to the Toronto Raptors 112-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Local stations win big with live sports

Live sports has been a big primetime winner for local stations and national networks.

  • Jun 23, 2019
FILE: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry holds his head in his hand after losing to the Toronto Raptors 112-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Warriors off-season primer

Warriors off-season primer

This was always going to be a big offseason for the Golden State Warriors.

Warriors off-season primer
FILE: A banner for the newly christened Oracle Park hangs in front of the existing AT&T Park sign at Willie Mays Plaza as other signs begin coming down on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Gorcey on Father’s Day: Go have a catch

Spend some time with the men who taught you the game

FILE: A banner for the newly christened Oracle Park hangs in front of the existing AT&T Park sign at Willie Mays Plaza as other signs begin coming down on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
On Sports Media: Where to catch World Cup Fever

On Sports Media: Where to catch World Cup Fever

There’s no shortage of World Cup watch parties in the Bay Area

  • Jun 16, 2019
On Sports Media: Where to catch World Cup Fever
The Golden State Warriors wait for the official’s review of the last play with less than 0.9 seconds left in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 13, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

End of an Era: Warriors are victims of their own success

Golden State will look very different moving forward, but such are the perils of changing a league

The Golden State Warriors wait for the official’s review of the last play with less than 0.9 seconds left in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 13, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors celebrates his teams 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images/TNS)

Kolsky: Win or lose, these Warriors are giants

After loss of Kevin Durant, with one more game at Oracle, it’s time to appreciate the Warriors

Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors celebrates his teams 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images/TNS)