Jay Mariotti

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is ready for the season and was comparing Friday former World Series winning teams with the other recent championship-winning team in the Bay Area, the Golden State Warriors. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Even year is here, but was $251M well-spent?

On the Muni train over to King Street, I made a private…

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is ready for the season and was comparing Friday former World Series winning teams with the other recent championship-winning team in the Bay Area, the Golden State Warriors. (David Zalubowski/AP)
Mark Davis is rumored to be committed to Las Vegas as long as they build a stadium. (Ben Margot/AP)

Desperate and doomed, Raiders owner Mark Davis should try Levi’s

So the seats are red. And the logos have gold. And the…

Mark Davis is rumored to be committed to Las Vegas as long as they build a stadium. (Ben Margot/AP)
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacts to a call during the second half of the Warriors' game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. (Matt York/AP)

If Warriors look invincible, Kerr is not

It feels like an inevitability now, an appointment to keep, a June…

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacts to a call during the second half of the Warriors' game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. (Matt York/AP)
League MVP Cam Newton on Tuesday insisted his reaction to losing Super Bowl 50 was justified, saying he will not “conform nor bend for anybody’s expectations.” (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

‘Sore loser’ Newton damages image

We should listen to our mothers, right? Cam Newton, evidently, did not.…

League MVP Cam Newton on Tuesday insisted his reaction to losing Super Bowl 50 was justified, saying he will not “conform nor bend for anybody’s expectations.” (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York, left, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell smile at a news conference in San Francisco on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Bay Area won bigger game … and right to more

An estimated 900 pounds of man hugs, give or take a few…

San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York, left, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell smile at a news conference in San Francisco on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to dodge questions failed to adequately address issues surrounding brain trauma and CTE during a news conference on Friday  in San Francisco. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Fire Goodell? Fine idea, won’t happen

His words are soft, methodical, almost wobbly at times. Nothing at all…

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to dodge questions failed to adequately address issues surrounding brain trauma and CTE during a news conference on Friday  in San Francisco. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Super Bowl City took place in San Francisco. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Super Bowl 50: Complex, polarizing

Seems El Niño and Mother Nature snuck off on a tryst, leaving…

Super Bowl City took place in San Francisco. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Ron Rivera and Gary Kubiak will match wits in Super Bowl 50 after overcome long odds to make it here. (Michael Conroy/AP, Chuck Burton/AP)

Rivera, Kubiak: Profiles in survivalism

Not long ago, not long ago at all, the circumstances were aligned…

Ron Rivera and Gary Kubiak will match wits in Super Bowl 50 after overcome long odds to make it here. (Michael Conroy/AP, Chuck Burton/AP)
Oakland Raiders coach John Madden walks quarterback Ken Stabler off the field after Stabler was injured on a fourth quarter sack by Don Latimer of the Denver Broncos on Dec. 4, 1978. Extent of his injuries was not known but he was replaced in the lineup by David Humm. Broncos won 21-6. (JP/1978 AP)

Brain disease: The NFL’s big lie

Do they not realize that their brains are rotting and their bodies…

Oakland Raiders coach John Madden walks quarterback Ken Stabler off the field after Stabler was injured on a fourth quarter sack by Don Latimer of the Denver Broncos on Dec. 4, 1978. Extent of his injuries was not known but he was replaced in the lineup by David Humm. Broncos won 21-6. (JP/1978 AP)
Cam Newton clarified his past comments about being a black quarterback in the NFL during a Tuesday news conference in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Newton grows up before our eyes

While attending elementary school in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, near…

Cam Newton clarified his past comments about being a black quarterback in the NFL during a Tuesday news conference in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Peyton Manning answers questions during Opening Night for Super Bowl 50 on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Jose. (David J. Phillip/AP)

For Manning, Sunday no laughing matter

When a bug-eyed purple puppet was mocking him a few feet away,…

Peyton Manning answers questions during Opening Night for Super Bowl 50 on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Jose. (David J. Phillip/AP)
Derek Loville, pictured in 1995 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, is accused of participating in a violent sports gambling and international drug-trafficking ring. (Lacy Atkins/1995 AP)

Loville on drug charges: ‘It’s all bullshit’

Derek Loville is out of jail and on the phone from Arizona,…

Derek Loville, pictured in 1995 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, is accused of participating in a violent sports gambling and international drug-trafficking ring. (Lacy Atkins/1995 AP)
Joe Montana is still as cool as ever, which is valuable to the NFL, a league with identity issues. (Jay Mariotti/S.F. Examiner)

Montana still reigns over a city, a sport

His hair is silver now, the color of four Vince Lombardi Trophies,…

Joe Montana is still as cool as ever, which is valuable to the NFL, a league with identity issues. (Jay Mariotti/S.F. Examiner)
Raiders owner Mark Davis looks to the heavens, perhaps in search for an answer to where his team will play in 2016. (David Richard/2015 AP)

Vegas? London? Uranus? Just sell, baby

So Mark Davis was in Las Vegas, a city with four of…

Raiders owner Mark Davis looks to the heavens, perhaps in search for an answer to where his team will play in 2016. (David Richard/2015 AP)
Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., right, speaks to reporters before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings. (Eric Risberg/2015 AP)

Time right for DeBartolo in Hall

He says he doesn’t “want to get crazy about this,” but clearly,…

Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., right, speaks to reporters before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings. (Eric Risberg/2015 AP)
Cam Newton celebrates after a touchdown run during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory over the Arizona Cardinals. (David J. Phillip/AP)

As we admire him, Newton injects race

Scared? The only people who should be scared of Cam Newton are…

Cam Newton celebrates after a touchdown run during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory over the Arizona Cardinals. (David J. Phillip/AP)
The scoreboard at Levi’s Stadium showed a graphic of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who certainly won’t be playing in Santa Clara come Super Bowl Sunday. (Art Spander/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Super Bowl Primer: Expect anything, everything

There will be blunders. Already we’ve seen two, each tame when considering…

The scoreboard at Levi’s Stadium showed a graphic of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who certainly won’t be playing in Santa Clara come Super Bowl Sunday. (Art Spander/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Warriors' Stephen Curry signals to his team in front of Spurs' Patty Mills (8) during the game Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Curry leaves Popovich queasy

One never knows if Gregg Popovich, the NBA’s reigning smartass, is serious…

Warriors' Stephen Curry signals to his team in front of Spurs' Patty Mills (8) during the game Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will be competing against the Denver Broncos — and the predicted inclement weather a.k.a. El Nino — in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Chuck Burton/AP)

The bigger force: Cam Newton or El Niño?

Here in the bosom of innovation, where tech executives microdose LSD to…

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will be competing against the Denver Broncos — and the predicted inclement weather a.k.a. El Nino — in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Chuck Burton/AP)
Winning a record number of regular-season games would be fun, but without a title, it wouldn't be much of an accomplishment for the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry and company need to pace themselves to ensure they're right for the playoffs. (Ben Margot/AP)

For Warriors, 6 bigger than 73

Decades from now, when Steph Curry is shooting spitballs from a La-Z-Boy…

Winning a record number of regular-season games would be fun, but without a title, it wouldn't be much of an accomplishment for the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry and company need to pace themselves to ensure they're right for the playoffs. (Ben Margot/AP)