Plenty to wish for as a Bay Area sports fan

Sorry to intrude on your upcoming holiday weekend, but Bay Area sports fans you have a job to do Thursday. Grab that wishbone from your turkey and please wish that:

  •  The 49ers reconsider their plans to move to Santa Clara. Building a new stadium in San Francisco would not only revitalize Hunter’s Point and rightfully honor the team’s birthplace, it could also lure the Raiders across the Bay to share the cost. As an added attraction, imagine the fun of watching Oakland ferries decked out like pirate ships headed to S.F. in a Silver and Black armada.
  •  Mike Singletary stops all the blather about how good his team is. The 49ers (3-7) play four of their remaining six games on the road, where they have yet to win even once this season. Meanwhile, with young quarterbacks Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford and Ryan Fitzpatrick all showing promise while learning on the fly, isn’t it about time for the 49ers to give Nate Davis a try? Davis’ dyslexia may be undermining his grasp of the playbook, but it’s pretty clear neither Troy nor Alex Smith is going to lead the Red and Gold back to prominence.
  •  Tom Cable rids himself of the delusion that keeping Jason Campbell at starting quarterback gives the Raiders the best chance to win. Even a rusty Bruce Gradkowski, who hadn’t played in six weeks showed more poise and presence in the pocket in Pittsburgh. Under pressure, Gradkowski plays like a warrior, Campbell a worrier.
  •  Alabama beats Auburn on Friday so Stanford (10-1) can get a trip to the Rose Bowl. However, if the unbeaten No. 2 Tigers defeat the No. 11 Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Cardinal could very well end up playing in the Alamo Bowl.  
  •  Cal (5-6) takes down Washington on Saturday in the last game ever played at the old Memorial Stadium, putting the Bears in a bowl game for a school-record eighth straight year. Only in college football and the NFC West can a .500 team make it to the postseason.
  •  Warriors new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber show they really do know how to build a winner and unload Andris Biedrins. Hard to believe, but after more than six years in the NBA, Biedrins still doesn’t have a signature offensive move and remains a foul waiting to be whistled.
  •  The A’s give Oakland one last chance to find a new stadium site. Maybe a waterfront ballpark near Jack London Square would do for Oakland what AT&T Park has done for the Mission Bay neighborhood.  
  •  Fresh off their promotional success with the Panda Hat, Freak Wig and Fear the Beard masks, the Giants start selling World Champion rally thongs. Maybe for the 2011 opener, appropriately attired fans could line up at Willie Mays Plaza and have their garments signed by Aubrey Huff in baseball’s first ever rally thong rally.


KGO (810 AM) Sports Director Rich Walcoff can be heard weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. on the KGO morning news. He can be reached at RichWalcoff@gmail.com.

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