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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watches from the sidelines against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Santa Clara changes Kap, looks worse than ever

Some alleged experts promised instant improvement for the Santa Clara offense with…

 

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…

 

Chip Kelly. (Courtesy photo)

Ready or not, here comes Chip

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

 

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)
USF legend Dick Stanfel was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. (Courtesy NFL)

Last last, USF great Stanfel gets his due

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo and Raiders renegade quarterback Ken Stabler were…

USF legend Dick Stanfel was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. (Courtesy NFL)
It would make sense for the A’s and Giants to be trade partners this year. If they were, Oakland could use Albert Suarez. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

A’s, Giants need to bury egos, give peace a chance

It’s less than two weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline. One team…

It would make sense for the A’s and Giants to be trade partners this year. If they were, Oakland could use Albert Suarez. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Attacks on Bonds are without moral authority

“New Bonds is the same old phony,” Balls, April 24 Attacks on…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts after their 97-96 loss against the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Despite loss, Warriors still in driver’s seat

Here’s Balls’ take on the Warriors’ 97-96 loss to the Houston Rockets…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts after their 97-96 loss against the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Patrick Beverley, left, took a cheap shot at Stephen Curry on Saturday. The Warriors will beat the Rockets either way, so the Dubs might as well sit Curry to protect him from further injury. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Best to sit Curry, discourage dirty Houston Rockets

The first games of playoff series are supposed to be statement games,…

Patrick Beverley, left, took a cheap shot at Stephen Curry on Saturday. The Warriors will beat the Rockets either way, so the Dubs might as well sit Curry to protect him from further injury. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Steph Curry, left, shares a laugh from the bench with teammate Ian Clark during the Warriors visit to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks in January. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Joyless Jordanaires are no match for Warriors’ fun bunch

Now that the Warriors have done the utterly unthinkable, the darn near…

Steph Curry, left, shares a laugh from the bench with teammate Ian Clark during the Warriors visit to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks in January. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during his retirement announcement at team headquarters Monday, March 7, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. Manning, who has been in the NFL for the past 18 years, is retiring after winning five MVP trophies and two Super Bowl championships, the most recent last month against the Carolina Panthers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Manning leaves legacy of greatness, doubt

Peyton Manning made another smart audible on Monday. The old quarterback finally…

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during his retirement announcement at team headquarters Monday, March 7, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. Manning, who has been in the NFL for the past 18 years, is retiring after winning five MVP trophies and two Super Bowl championships, the most recent last month against the Carolina Panthers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, shoots as Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry defends. (George Nikitin/AP)

Durant rumors gain momentum

The thought of Kevin Durant in a Warriors’ uniform is as complicated…

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, shoots as Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry defends. (George Nikitin/AP)
Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman wears a mask as he answers a question during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Memo to Super Bowl Week: Wake Up!

Three days before Super Bowl 50, it’s almost time to panic. The…

Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman wears a mask as he answers a question during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Joe Montana, left, talks about technology with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as part of the Future of the NFL panel at Moscone West on Tuesday. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Joe Cool to Joe Code: Montana rides tech wave

The NFL has big plans for technology in the future, and guess…

Joe Montana, left, talks about technology with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as part of the Future of the NFL panel at Moscone West on Tuesday. (David J. Phillip/AP)
Carolina Panthers' Ryan Delaire and Bene' Benwikere dance with Miss Universe  is seen during Openin during Opening Night for Super Bowl 50 on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Jose. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

One more mausoleum season won’t placate Raider Nation

The future of the Raiders has turned into a leverage game and,…

Carolina Panthers' Ryan Delaire and Bene' Benwikere dance with Miss Universe  is seen during Openin during Opening Night for Super Bowl 50 on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Jose. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Fans take pictures of a Vince Lombardi trophy displayed at the NFL Experience exhibit in San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Better to play in big game than host

By all accounts, the Super Bowl 50 celebration is off to a…

Fans take pictures of a Vince Lombardi trophy displayed at the NFL Experience exhibit in San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The Super Bowl may be played nearly 45 miles away in Santa Clara, but San Francisco will host everything else that matters during the two-week leadup to the Game. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special  to S.F. Examiner)

It’s your show, San Francisco … until Game Day

So Super Bowl 50 is finally here. Wait, no, Super Bowl 50…

The Super Bowl may be played nearly 45 miles away in Santa Clara, but San Francisco will host everything else that matters during the two-week leadup to the Game. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special  to S.F. Examiner)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, laughs as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis talks to the media after an NFL owners meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Houston.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

San Antonio, London … Raiders headed elsewhere

While Raiders fans search for clues about the future whereabouts of their…

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, laughs as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis talks to the media after an NFL owners meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Houston.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Stephen Curry, front, carries the Larry O'Brien trophy as he and Andrew Bogut return to Oakland on June 17 after winning the NBA championship against the Cavaliers. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Champions, superheroes … and Jed York

It was a very, very good year for Steph and the boys,…

Stephen Curry, front, carries the Larry O'Brien trophy as he and Andrew Bogut return to Oakland on June 17 after winning the NBA championship against the Cavaliers. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) loses control of the ball and fumbles during a hit by Detroit Lions outside linebacker Josh Bynes (57) during the game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Gabbert or Kap, Results the Same

DETROIT — 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was on hand at Ford…

49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) loses control of the ball and fumbles during a hit by Detroit Lions outside linebacker Josh Bynes (57) during the game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)